On a ride this past Sunday, I stopped to get a shot of this old oak north of Dover Avenue in North Albany. You won’t get this view for much longer, for the tree is set to come down when the Pheasant Run subdivision is built.
On appeal from the planning commission, the Albany City council approved the 147-lot subdivision on May 23. The developer, Hayden Homes of Redmond, agreed to build around and save two of the eight old oaks on what has been a grass-seed field pretty much surrounded by other subdivisions.
The oak standing by itself in the photo above is not one of those to be saved. But one of the grove in the right background is. (You can see all eight of them clearly when you open Google maps here.)
How long can you still admire the scenery? David Martineau, a planner for the city who was recently promoted to planning manager, told me on Oct. 29 that in his last conversation with the developer, they expect to break ground next spring.