Since 2018 people have been asking what’s happening with the unfinished remodel of the former Albany restaurant, most recently called San Blas, at 2845 Santiam Highway. Now the public can look at a plan.
On Jan. 29 the city planning division posted a public notice for “site plan review” for a new restaurant at the address, at the corner of Santiam Highway and Bain Street.
Architect Erik Bjork, whose office is in Vancouver, Wash., filed the site plan on behalf of the property owner, Albany restaurateur Chung Ping Lee. The planning division notified owners within 300 feet of the site. The deadline for written comments is Feb. 12. The full application for the site plan review is available at City Hall.
The public notice was accompanied by copies of line drawings of what the proposed building would look like from all four sides. Another drawing shows the overall site including the parking lot.
One of the renderings shows the restaurant’s name: Rancho La Hacienda Real.
Once the city planning staff has reviewed and approved the site plan, the building division can issue the building permit, which has already been applied for. When all that is accomplished, construction at the site can presumably resume. (hh)