Vacant land on both sides of Hickory Street in North Albany may not stay vacant for long, judging by applications pending at City Hall, although the timing of the respective developments is unclear.
On the south side, the Planning Division is reviewing a site plan and related applications for a 5,432-square-foot commercial building and a coffee kiosk. The site covers three parcels at 630-650 Hickory St. N.W. and is owned by Patty and Gary Davenport, who sold the city part of the property for the planned new downtown fire station.
On the north side of of the street, an engineering firm has applied to Public Works for erosion-and-sediment-control and fill permits for more than 6 acres at 435 Hickory on behalf of Samaritan Health, the mid-valley medical and hospital conglomerate. It’s early in the process yet and no site plan has been filed. But the planning division understands Samaritan has plans for medical office buildings on the site.
The property is adjacent to the east side of the North Albany Village shopping center, where a dialysis clinic is under construction. The new facilities will add to the North Albany medical cluster, already featuring a branch of the Corvallis Clinic in the shopping center and urgent-care and other departments of Samaritan at 400 Hickory. (Unlike the Corvallis Clinic, which is getting a tax bill of $14,839 for its North Albany outpost this fall, the Samaritan establishments are exempt from property taxes.)
Meanwhile, North Albany is still waiting for word on when a new business, preferably a supermarket, will fill the space left by the forner Ray’s. When there’s something to report on that, you’ll see it here. (hh).