The 1900 block of Northeast Linn Avenue looked a lot less leafy this afternoon than it used to. As expected, logging had begun on the north side of the street to make room for “The Banks,” a 120-unit apartment complex on the Willamette river.
By mid-afternoon, tall Douglas firs close to the street had come down. A big old oak was still standing.
Elwood’s Tree Service of Salem was doing the work. The property is owned and the apartments are being developed by Salem-based Willamette River View Holdings.
When the city approved a site plan for the apartments, at 595 Geary St. N.E. across Geary from Bowman Park, it also approved the cutting of dozens of trees on the 6.2-acre property, much of it a former industrial site.
The Albany Planning Commission approved the expanded site plan on Feb. 1. The revised plan calls for 120 units, up from 105 previously approved.
The trees had to come down before construction can start.
According to the website of the city’s Building Division, permits for site preparation, demolition of two small houses on Linn, and the construction of nine buildings had not yet been issued on Monday night.
Residents of the old neighborhood south of the riverside site had opposed the project. But they could not stop it because the property had been rezoned for possible apartments in 2003 and the site plan met all the requirements of the city’s development code. (hh)