Every few days, it seems, somebody asks on Facebook or elsewhere what’s being built at Waverly Drive and Santiam Highway in southeast Albany. Nobody would have to ask if developers just put up a big sign announcing what they’re building on the corner of two busy streets.
The answer, of course, is a new Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-up lane along with a Gentle Dental clinic. The Starbucks in the Fred Meyer building across Waverly will move into this location instead.
The names of the businesses in the new buildings have been a matter of public record since last Sept. 6. That’s when the Albany Planning Division issued a public notice of a pending application for a site-plan review at 2708 Santiam Highway S.E.
After receiving no written comments, planner Shawna Adams followed up with an Oct. 27 staff report outlining how the project met all the various requirements of the city’s development code.
There had been some concern whether cars waiting for their turn at the Starbucks drive-up window would obstruct traffic on Santiam. But the plans were changed to allow for 11 cars to queue up there, and that was considered sufficient for the expected number of customers.
The plans called for building a 2,100-square-foot Starbucks and remodeling an existing building into a 3,400-square-foot dental office. “Remodel” sounds odd when you look at the site now. Only one wall of the old building is left standing. There’s nothing else left to remodel.
Madison Development Group, a real estate business in Issaquah, Wash., is developing the project. According to county records, the company bought the property at 2708 Santiam in February for $1.1 million. (hh)
This story has been edited to fix a typo in Shawna Adams’ name and add the fact that the Starbucks at Fred Meyer will move to the new site at Waverly and Santiam.