While the Albany city planning staff has approved the site plan for The Banks, a 105-unit apartment complex on the Willamette River east of Bowman Park, it’s the planning commission that will decide the case after a public hearing.
Three neighbors who had submitted written comments on the proposal asked for a hearing before the planning commission, planner Melissa Anderson said. As a result, a hearing was scheduled for July 1. The meeting starts at 5:15 that day in the council chambers at City Hall.
At issue is the site plan for the development, which is proposed on about 6 acres including the former and long vacant Permawood industrial site on the river, downstream from the north end of Geary Street. The proposal by the Salem-based property owners calls for several buildings with a total of 96 apartments and nine townhouses.
The townhouses are proposed on the north side of Linn Avenue, a one-block street, replacing the two small houses there now.
Several neighbors had submitted written responses to a public notice of the project, expressing concern about it for traffic and other reasons. But the planning staff concluded the proposal complied with the city’s development code.
A few blocks away, outside the radius for city notification of neighbors, a resident asked me last week whether the commission hearing was already over. Let this story serve as a reminder to anyone who cares that it’s still coming up. (hh)