A reader wondered about all those semi-trailers parked in front of the Albany Box Company on Pacific Boulevard in Albany. Saturday’s bike ride took me past the place for a look.
I leaned the bike against one of the trailers and counted all the ones I could see. Just then, a truck pulled in with another one. Here, take a look.
I did talk briefly to the driver as he was working to unhook the trailer and get it settled in at the end of a row of others.
Here’s what I understand. The empty trailers are being stored there temporarily. They had been full of freight destined for the Target distribution center in south Albany, and after they were unloaded there wasn’t room to keep them there.
I had counted 40 trailers on part of the lot facing Pacific. According to the driver, who kindly answered my questions, others were elsewhere on the property, and all of them totaled more than 100.
Just exactly why the trailers have to be stored instead of being taken away by the trucks that brought them to Albany, that’s a question I hope to get answered when I can reach somebody at the distribution center.
The Target distribution center is at 875 Beta Drive S.W. The company has just asked the city to approve a site plan for a temporary gravel parking lot there.
The city’s public notice of the application says the lot would be 14,800 square feet. That’s one-third of an acre, far too small to accommodate more than a few semi-trailers.
So this land-use request probably has nothing to do with the need to store those trailers until they are needed again. (hh)