Before you build anything, you have to clear the site, and that’s what’s happening on land where developer Charles Weathers of Salem intends to build what he calls Hickory Hollow, the first apartment complex to be approved in North Albany.
The parcel of little more than two acres used to have a stand of tall conifers — Douglas fir, I think — and now they are on the ground as logs.
The property at 720 Hickory St. N.W. is sandwiched between rows of single-family houses on the north and south. It was zoned to allow apartments some years ago, part of the city’s plan for greater density and a mix of land uses in this part of North Albany, close to Highway 20 and North Albany Road.
Neighbors opposed the site plan calling for four three-story buildings of 12 units each, but in July the Albany Planning Commission turned down their appeal. On Aug.14, the city issued permits for clearing the land and constructing the first of the buildings. The building permit lists Harvey Cain Construction Inc. as the contractor.
The permit values the building at about $913,000. The city fees amounted to just over $5,000.
Seeing the logged-over site on a hot summer’s day, it’s hard not to regret Albany’s annexation of North Albany in June 1991. But then, people have to live somewhere, whether in houses or apartments, and woodlands get cut down for single-family residential subdivisions too. (hh)