Last spring it looked as though a new dialysis clinic was planning to set up shop in Albany. Now uncertainty clouds that proposal, at the northeast corner of Hill Street and Pacific Boulevard.
On March 9 the community development department published a notice of an application to consolidate five vacant lots at the corner, along with a request to approve a site plan for what the paperwork identified as a 7,500-square-foot medical building to be occupied by DaVita, a nationwide dialysis chain.
The planning division’s website shows no action on the application since March. The planner in charge of handling the request, Laura LaRoque, told me last Wednesday she suspected the application would be “administratively withdrawn” by the end of that day.
As I understand it, the application was not complete and the applicant didn’t make it so. If a new request is submitted, the city will issue a new public notice.
The five lots are for sale. County tax records identify the owner as Seker Properties LLC of Corvallis, whose registered representative is real estate agent Peter Sekermestrovich. The seller’s agent, Jessica Pankratz, told me they were “still in negotiations with the potential buyer.”
Meanwhile, a branch of the nationwide Fresenius kidney dialysis company is operating in the North Albany Village Shopping Center. Some patients have complained about the parking situation there. I’ve looked at that issue and am working on a report. (hh)
Postscript: City planner Laura LaRoque confirmed this Tuesday morning that: “Yes, the applicants have chosen not to move forward with their application at this time. A new application submittal will be required should they decide move forward.”