The Starkey-McCully building has been a cornerstone of downtown life since 1867.
The two-story brick, unreinforced masonry building originally extended 120 feet along
the west side of Commercial Street, but now only the northern 70 feet of the block remains.
This Italianate style block is comprised of two, two-story commercial stucco-faced brick buildings
and the only surviving of a five-story business block.
The distinctive cast-iron decor on the exterior was furnished by the Oregon Iron Works and is
believed to be the oldest of its kind in Oregon still intact.
The Starkey-McCully building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is
considered a contributing structure in the historic downtown Salem district.
Vacant for years, the Starkey-McCully has become a blight on the downtown landscape and affected the economic
prosperity of the entire city. Restoring this contributing structure and filling it with much needed resources
and nearly 250 additional employees and volunteers will help revitalize the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area.
Workforce Training and High School Credit
Bazillion Books for Kids, SKEF's micro-enterprise to end book poverty is a workforce-training site for students
and adults. Participants gain essential skills and experience in procurement, warehouse management, inventory control,
merchandising, retail and customer service. Eligible students earn high school elective credit and an Oregon skill sets
The Mike McLaran Center for Student Success
A college and career readiness center dedicated to the legacy of community leader, Mike McLaran.
Work at the Center is organized around four primary areas:
College preparation and awareness
Applying for college
Filling out the financial aid form (FAFSA)
Oregon College Savings Plan
PSAT, ACT, and SAT preparation
College visits & meeting with college representatives
Career exploration and exposure
Internship clearing house
Résumé writing and interview skills
Writer’s workshop for college and scholarship applications
Health and nutrition
The Center will be an official ASPIRE™ site
Providing mentoring and resources to help students access education and training beyond high school.
Educate students and families about school selection and options regarding scholarships and financial aid.
Build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors.
The Center will host the Oregon College Savings Plan™
Many families hope to see their child or loved one graduate from college someday,
but it takes more than hope to get there. The Oregon College Savings™ Plan is a
529 plan that can help your family get there.