There’s a bit of a housing boom happening on long-vacant land in the 600 block of Albany’s East First Avenue, a major traffic route.
Last month the City of Albany building division approved a permit for construction of a duplex on a vacant lot at 620 First Ave. S.E. On a bike ride Monday, I couldn’t help but notice that construction is well under way, and I took these photos.
According to the permit, the place totals 2,708 square feet with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, presumably three of each per dwelling.
For what it’s worth, for this project Albany collected just under $26,000 in building fees and systems development charges.
The owner of the lot and applicant for the permit is Sly Toran, a drywall contractor in Gervais, who recently finished a duplex elsewhere in Albany, on Southeast Seventh Avenue.
In June, Toran won city planning approval of a site plan for construction of a six-unit apartment building, also on vacant land on First, between the new duplex and Thurston Street to the east.
What’s noteworthy about infill projects like these is that they add to available housing on existing lots and don’t require new streets and utility systems to be built. And they don’t take take up open space or farmland out in the countryside.
There’s no sign yet of the apartment construction or when it might start. I left a phone message for the owner asking about his plans. I’ll add that information if I hear back. (hh)