The riverfront is my beat, and Wednesday I noticed activity on the former Permawood property on the east side of Geary Street across from Bowman Park. So, are the owners of that parcel going ahead with their long-standing plans for an apartment complex? Not yet, apparently.
The Albany Community Development Department says it has no application on file for a site plan review, which would have to be approved before construction could start. The owners also have yet to get a public works permit for site preparations such as grading.
The work Wednesday looked mostly like mowing or removing vegetation from a portion of the site. A worker from a Salem company was using a machine called a Hydro-Ax. A neighbor was concerned about dust and dirt flying about, and when a police officer talked to the equipment operator, the work stopped, according to Anne Catlin in the planning department.
Last summer the owners, from Salem, had a neighborhood meeting about their plans to build apartments on the six-acre former Permawood industrial site, which was rezoned years ago for medium-density residential development. Last year there was talk of 120 units in three four-story buildings. But Catlin says a flood-plain-development permit for the site mentions 90 apartments.
The details will be clearer when a site plan is filed. (hh)