What’s been happening at the corner of Santiam Highway and Bain Street in Albany? The short answer is nothing much as construction seems to be at a standstill.
The longer answer involves — what else? — paperwork and development rules.
The San Blas restaurant at the address, 2845 Santiam Hwy. SE., has been closed since last year. This August, Northstar Quality Construction of Salem filed for a city building permit in order to put a 3,746-square-foot addition on the building. The permit remained “pending” and had not been issued as of Tuesday.
Linn County tax records show the site is owned by Lee Chung Ping and Lai Kuen, who also own Ping’s Chinese restaurant on Ninth Avenue.
At the building division, I was told that since work on the San Blas site had already started, the city ordered the work stopped until the permit was approved.
But as I understand it, the permit can’t be approved because the size of the planned addition means the project first has to go through the city’s site-plan review process. I had not seen any mention of this in the community development department’s online listing of planning projects. Why not? Because the application for a site-plan review has not yet been filed.
Long story short: Looks like that corner on one of Albany’s main drags will look like that for at least a few more months. (hh)