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A wave of development on Hickory Street

Written October 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering
On the south side of Hickory. In the background, Samaritan Health's building.

On the south side of Hickory. In the background, Samaritan Health’s building.

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).

North of Hickory, the land has been staked.

North of Hickory, the land has been staked. View is toward Corvallis Clinic and dialysis clinic under construction.


4 responses to “A wave of development on Hickory Street”

  1. Bob Woods says:

    Sounds like things are on the move. That’s what happens when a community invests in the future by upgrading infrastructure and bringing vitality back to downtown.

    When folks see a better future ahead, they’re willing to bet on the future.

  2. tom cordier says:

    The idea that the businesses locating to Hickory are a result on CARA spending $10M over 10 years in a small downtown section across the river is total B.S.

    • Bob Woods says:

      Successful redevelopment fosters growth in all parts of a community. Downtown is markedly more vibrant than it has been in decades. I was at Brick & Mortar last Wed. for lunch and the place was swamped. Most of the folks I saw looked to be professionals. I bet some of them live in all that new housing that has been going up in North Albany,

      So do you REALLY think that keeping downtown a decrepit dump as it was for years was good for attracting new business and people moving to town?

      If you do, I can make you a really sweet deal on the Lyon Street bridge if you’re in the market.

      • James Carrick says:

        I’m holding out for one of Albany’s “historic, post 8.0+ richter buildings,” preferably one on First St. Those should go pretty cheap someday. I already have a bridge and I’m thinking the building will be a better investment after the “big one” hits.


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