BUILDING SALEM: Sushi, tacos and new apartments come to Liberty Road

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Name: Laike Plaza

Project type: New construction, commercial and residential

Location: 120 Hrubetz Rd. S.E. (off South Liberty Road, Faye Wright neighborhood)

Estimated completion: August 2024 for apartments, restaurants open

Cost: $11 million

Units: 26 apartments 

The need: Developer Jim Iverson, a longtime neighborhood resident, bought the 1.5 acre lot six years ago with the aim of building a mix of food, retail and housing. The lot formerly held vacant, deteriorating homes and retail, and “needed some love,” Iverson said. 

A 26-unit apartment building at Laike Plaza off South Liberty Road is slated for completion in August 2024. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Description: Local sushi giant Momiji and Tony’s Taco Shop have new locations at Laike Plaza, and Iverson said he’s happy to see family-owned Salem restaurants coming into the neighborhood.

The two new restaurants are already open on the north side of the property off South Liberty Road, with an apartment building and third retail building slated for completion soon.

The plaza’s name is a combination of the initials of Iverson’s five children. He wanted “something heartfelt” to christen the project.

Set back from the street is an apartment building that’s largely complete, which will have retail on the ground floor. Iverson hopes to finish construction and begin leasing in August.

A third building on the south side of the property off Liberty Road is still under construction.

Leases are still being negotiated, but the property could accommodate three to five additional retail tenants, said Pam Rushing, broker with Coldwell Baker Commercial Mountain West, who’s managing leasing.

Iverson said he’s grateful for the support the neighborhood has shown the development.

“We needed some new life,” he said.

Tony’s Taco Shop and Momiji are newly-open in Laike Plaza in south Salem. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.