Salem ready to take a second look at Winter Island

SALEM — A decade has passed since city leaders took a hard look at the old U.S. Coast Guard property on Winter Island. Not much has happened since.

The site still features a crumbling, boarded-up barracks, dating to 1934, and a hangar, once used for seaplanes, that needs work but is still used by the city for boat repair and storage.

A comprehensive study in 2007 determined the barracks could be saved with a roughly $1 million investment. But no funding was ever found.

Now, city officials want to take another look at the site.

“We’re looking to do an update to the building assessment, the structural assessment of the building, and based on that putting out a request for interest basically to see what people or organizations might be interested in seeing on those locations,” said Dominick Pangallo, chief of staff to Mayor Kim Driscoll. “The condition of the hangar is probably better than the

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