The Albany planning staff has recommended eight conditions, including a reduction in height, for approval of two new three-story buildings in the Monteith Historic District.
Mark and Tina Siegner are asking the Albany Landmarks Commission to approve construction of two mixed-use buildings on the northeast corner lot at Fourth and Calapooia, where last year, with the city council’s approval, they demolished three dilapidated houses dating from the town’s early years.
According to the drawings, the development would be called Calapooia Court.
Landmarks will hold a remote public hearing on the request at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, but the public will be able to follow or attend the proceedings only online or by phone because of the coronavirus ban on public meetings.
New construction in Albany’s historic districts is subject to city review for compatibility. The proposed buildings were designed by architect Bill Ryals, a member of the landmarks board. He won’t vote with the commission on this item.
In a staff report, the city planning division says some aspects of the design should be changed in order to fit in. Among the recommended changes: Reduce the overall height of the 40-foot-tall buildings at least 4 feet, including 2 feet in the wall height of the first floor.
Other changes recommended by the planning staff cover items such as setback from the street; shape, size and materials of windows and doors; depth of “offsets” in the building façades; trim of window frames; texture of siding; and the material of beams and columns, which the staff wants to be made of solid wood.
This will be the first Landmarks Commission public hearing to be conducted remotely. Instructions on how to follow or participate in the meeting are included with the agenda available here.
We won’t know until it’s over how well, or whether, remote participation works in a public hearing of this kind. (hh)
Two aspects of one of the proposed buildings.