The site plan for a proposed 105-unit apartment complex on the Willamette River has won the tentative approval of the Albany city planning staff. Neighbors who submitted written comments now have until June 10 to ask for a public hearing before the Albany Planning Commission.
The complex of nine buildings — a clubhouse, 96 apartments and nine townhouses — is proposed for a 6-acre site on the other side of Geary Street from Bowman Park. The developers, based in Salem, call it “The Banks.”
The staff approval came out Friday along with 23 conditions. One requires the developers to build a 10-foot-wide bark-covered public path along the river. They also must set aside a 16-foot-wide public easement to allow for the future construction of a 10-foot-wide concrete path in the same place.
There’s an unimproved trail there now, connecting Bowman to Simpson Park downstream.
The submitted plan showed two entries to the complex, one off Geary and the other on Alco Street. The planning staff said the driveway on Alco should be gated and serve only in emergencies.
Other conditions deal with traffic matters such as construction of sidewalks along the project’s street frontages. But no mention is made of the Geary Street intersection with Salem Avenue, which the added apartment traffic would affect. Some neighbors had mentioned that as one of their concerns. There’s no signal, and according to a recent police department report, it’s one of the Albany intersections with the most crashes.
Asked this afternoon if anyone had requested a hearing yet, city planner Melissa Anderson replied, “Not yet.” (hh)