The brush has been cleared away, and pretty soon the oaks and other mature trees will come down as well on Franklin Avenue just west of Airport Road and Interstate 5.
On Aug. 3, the Albany Planning Commission will hold a public hearing — a virtual hearing, online only, starting at 5:15 — on a request to develop part of the 6.5-acre parcel at 840 Airport Road as a housing project with 44 apartments (in four two-story buildings) and 11 single-family houses, 55 units in all.
The property is zoned RS-5 or single-family residential. The owners, who live in St. Paul and bought the property in 2015, obtained a zone change last year that allows a slightly higher density than the previous zoning, which also was single-family residential.
Now they are asking for approval of a planned-unit development, a land division, and a permit to fell trees.
The city’s notice of the public hearing describes the 44 apartments as “multi-family senior housing units.”
The property is across Airport Road from the freeway, so noise is a consideration. The plans show two “lines of noise mitigation.” The first is formed by more than 100 English laurels planted along the Airport Road frontage. The second is formed by a row of garages.
Will that work to muffle the road of tires and motors on I-5? The seniors living there will find out when they move in. (hh)