For the former Albany Safeway at Pacific and Calapooia, the years of standing vacant are coming to an end. Contractors have begun cleaning out the former store so it can become a new retail business — but not a supermarket.
Greenberry Construction of Corvallis filed for a city permit this week to work on the building. When I stopped at the site on a bike ride Friday, I was told they are clearing out the interior so that remodeling can take place.
Lynn Kampfer, speaking for the Linn County family that owns and building, told me weeks ago that he was negotiating with a prospective new tenant. He has not told me what kind of business it would be, except to say it would not be a grocery.
I could not reach Kampfer Friday. But I understand that the building will house a retail business of some kind. Because neither the exterior layout nor the parking will be changed, city approval of a site plan will not be needed.
Safeway moved to 14th Avenue and closed its store at 635 Pacific S.W. in 1999. Sidewalk pickets asked the company to keep the store open, to no avail. For a while, a dollar store occupied the space, but that, too, closed years ago. (hh)