In case you were wondering about the long-planned development at Fourth and Calapooia in Albany, another step is now being taken. The foundations for two apartment houses at the corner are being built.
The property owners are Albany homebuilders Mark and Tina Siegner. In July, Mark told me he hoped to get the foundations done this year while the weather is good. Looks like that is working out.
Building permits had been pending since they were filed last year. This August the city building division approved a permit for the first of the two structures, at 331 Calapooia St.
On the permit, the three-story building is said to have nearly 8,000 square feet and is valued at $1.6 million. Together with systems development charges, fees the city charged for the permit totaled $67,522.
Plans for this corner property call for two three-story buildings with commercial space on the ground floor and a total of eight apartments on floors 2 and 3.
In the making since 2018 and located in the Monteith Historic District, the project generated opposition among advocates of historic preservation because it replaces three historic but severely dilapidated houses. Before they were eventually demolished, the city had condemned the houses as dangerous and uninhabitable.
The Siegners bought the property, realized that rehabilitation of the houses was not feasible and came up with the current project. It was once called Calapooia Court, and now it’s called Calapooia Commons.
If the developers have a target date in mind for when both buildings will be finished, they haven’t told me what it is. ((hh)