A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley
Owners of the former Mega Foods supermarket property are asking the City of Albany to approve dividing the 4.8-acre tract and to rezone the southern section to allow construction of 42 apartments.
Everybody these days is talking about the need for affordable housing in Albany. In that connection, a couple of things are going on.
Like every place in the mid-valley, the site of The Banks, a 120-unit apartment complex nearing completion on the Willamette River in Albany, is built on land once occupied by indigenous people.
They’ve installed bike racks at The Banks, the 120-unit apartment complex under construction on the Willamette River near Bowman Park in Albany. So things are looking up.
Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.
The southeast corner of Geary Street and Queen Avenue in Albany will look different and busier when a developer goes through with plans for three apartment buildings there.
Owners of about 6 acres of vacant land on the west side of Southeast Marion Street in Albany are asking for a zone change as they prepare to build attached housing there.