For the last 18 years the JC Penney Building has sat forlornly on the corner of E. Broadway and Walnut. Many a resident has asked a staff member of SUFS about the building, which was tied up with a private owner who chose to use it as a warehouse for printing equipment.
In the spring of 2016, with the passing of the owner his widow eagerly sold the building to SUFS.
In the time that I have been with SUFS, one of the most expressed concerns of residents has been the future of Salem City’s young adults, particularly those that have dropped out of the school system. At SUFS we felt that the old Penney’s building would make a great youth education center for the future of our children.