Every once in a while someone asks me about the unfinished reconstruction of the former Mexican restaurant at 2845 S.E. Santiam Highway. Now there’s something new to report.
The latest inquiry came in an email from Ajae Corbett: “I was wondering if you could find out what is ever going to happen with the old restaurant on the corner of Santiam Hwy and Bain St. … It is such an eyesore for those driving into Albany from I-5.”
I last wrote about this site last summer, and you can refresh your memory here.
Now, the latest: On Dec. 20 Erik Bjork, an architect based in Vancouver, Wash., applied for a new building permit for an addition to, and remodeling of, the building. The new restaurant is to be called Rancho la Hacienda, according to the permit application. So we can assume it’s going to feature Mexican fare.
At the same time, the Albany planning division received a modified site plan for the expansion of what used to be the San Blas restaurant. The city staff have been reviewing the application for completeness. If they deem it complete, they’ll notify neighboring owners. After another two weeks to allow for comments, the site plan will be ripe for city action. If it’s approved, the project can proceed to construction.
The property is owned by Lee Chung Ping and Lai Kuen, who also own and operate the Ping’s Garden restaurant on Ninth Avenue.
Maybe this time the permitting process will go smoothly and there will soon be a complete building — and a new business — on that corner of Santiam and Bain. (hh)