Apartments proposed in North Albany

The plan for the "Hickory Street Apartments" shows parking where those evergreens now stand.

More growth is coming to North Albany, this time in the form of a proposed 48-unit apartment complex on Hickory Street on the west side of North Albany Road.

As near as I can tell, this would be the first apartment development to be built in North Albany, where single-family subdivisions have been the rule since Albany annexed the area in June 1991. It's in the same neighborhood where the Bonaventure retirement home was completed last year.

So far the plans are preliminary. The property, at 720 Hickory N.W., covers 2.25 acres and according to Benton County records is owned by a family in Olympia, Wash. Before applying for a site-plan review with the Albany planning division, the developers this week notified nearby residents of a neighborhood meeting to explain their plan and answer questions. It will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the cafeteria of North Albany Middle School.

The property is covered by two zoning districts, "mixed use commercial" and "medium density residential." Both allow apartments.

David Martineau, a planner with the city, told me the project requires only a site-plan review, which typically is handled by the planning staff. He did not know when the developers intend to start construction once they have the city's OK.

A preliminary layout sent to neighbors with the meeting invitation shows four buildings and about 90 parking spaces. The property now is vacant, partly covered by stately evergreens and, on its east end, a mass of blackberry vines.

Brandie Dalton, a land-use planner with Multi/Tech Engineering Services of Salem, explains in the letter that the plan may be changed before it is submitted for the city's review. The meeting is intended "to allow adjacent property owners and city staff the opportunity to review the tentative proposal and identify any issues prior to submittal." (hh)

The proposed apartment site, viewed from its eastern end.




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