Somebody asked me what was being built just north of the curve of S.E. Queen Ave. I was wondering that myself, so I looked it up.
It’s easy to do. If you are wondering about construction activity anywhere in Albany, you can usually find information about it on the city’s website. Click on the link for “building & planning permits,” then the link called “buildingeye.” That brings up a map. With luck, the place you want to know about will have a link that leads to a summary of the building permit.
Anyway, back to 235 Queen Avenue S.E., the address of the 1.4-acre site where concrete slabs have been poured and other site work has been done on what used to be an undeveloped parcel, partly wooded and zoned for light industry.
Last year, the city’s planning division approved a site plan for the property submitted by the owners, Robert and Debora Lamont of Hillsboro. The plan was for a self-serve storage facility totaling 39 units in five buildings.
The storage units shown on the plan are of generous size, most of them measuring 34 by 22 feet. And the building permits that have been issued for buildings A through E call each one an “industrial storage building.”
A few hundred feet west of this address, on the north side of Queen, there are two other big storage businesses. In fact there are storage operations all over town. Their proliferation over the last few decades may be a sign that people these days have either too little space or too much stuff. (hh)