Four years after the last restaurant there closed, a new one is under construction at the corner of Bain Street and Santiam Highway S.E.
Demolition of part of the building had started and then stopped in 2018, and in the years since, the unfinished site prompted occasional questions on social media about what was happening there.
Early in 2020 the Albany city planning division approved a plan for expanding the building and improving the site. The new restaurant would be called Rancho La Hacienda Real.
Now, the city’s online listing of building permits shows that a permit for Rancho La Hacienda was approved last month, on Aug. 27.
The project calls for remodeling and expanding the existing building. Also, there will be new parking and landscaping, and a new sidewalk on the Bain Street frontage. The permit mentions removing five trees.
The property is owned by Lee Ching Ping and Lai Kuen, who also own Ping’s Garden Restaurant in Albany. The building permit lists Northstar Quality Construction, of Salem, as the contractor on the job. (hh)