The first signs appeared last week that 107 apartments planned off Geary Street near Queen Avenue are now going to get built.
I heard that heavy machinery was active on the site of nearly 2 acres at 1755 Geary St. S.E. The property is between Geary and Perwinkle Creek, just south of Queen Avenue and north of the apartment complex called The Park.
By the time I got there a day or so later, no equipment was evident but there was a construction trailer. Also, some kind of mulch had been piled up in long rows, apparently as an runoff barrier.
Orange plastic screening had been put up around mature trees near the creek channel. If that means the builders will protect and keep the trees, good for them.
Permits filed with the city building divivision and available online are for Buildings A, B and C. The three-story buildings will have 44, 30 and 33 apartment units, respectively.
The complex will be called Creekside Meadows, presumably for the meadow it will cover up.
The site is owned by Paradigm Albany, a limited liability company based in Eugene. The contractor is Cohen Skovborg LLC, out of Bend.
Based on the square footage, the building division assigned values to each of the three three-story buildings, about $5.4 million for Building A, $3.5 million for Building B, and $3.7 million for Building C.
For all three buildings together, the city assessed fees and systems development charges totaling about $83,600.
The city planning division approved the site plan for the apartments in June 2022. The plan called for 79 apartments with one bedroom each, and 28 with two. There are to be 153 parking spaces.
Across the creek, on part of the former Mega Foods supermarket property, permits were filed this June for 42 apartments in two buildings. But there was no indication last week that construction was getting close on that site. (hh)