The sight of construction activity at a former gas station site on Pacific Boulevard raised the question of whether something was finally going to get built there. The answer, alas, is no.
A reader asked me about what she had seen there last week, so I went to take a look. Men were unloading supplies, and a batch of big water pipes had already been stacked up.
Storage for some project, I surmised. And sure enough, Albany Public Works Director Chris Bailey confirmed that the property was being used to store material for a city water line project in the area.
For many years there was an Arco gas station and convenience store there, at the corner of Pacific Boulevard and Airport Road. The business closed in the 1990s, and the building sat there, getting more and more dilapidated as time went on.
Finally, at the urging of the city council, the oil company that owned the property demolished the structure in December 2012.
The company, BP West Coast Products LLC, based in Houston, Texas, still owns the property.
The lot, measuring four-tenths of an acre, has a real market value of $357,280 and an assessed value of $255,450, according to the Linn County assessor. Taxes amounted to $5,233 last year and were fully paid.
It’s possible that development of the parcel is complicated by its former use as a gas station. In September 2017, when I last checked on it, a couple of technicians were taking samples from a test well. (hh)