September 12, 2008

North Albany Land Could Become Restoration Project

By Report

Albany city council agreed Monday to have city staff prepare an application to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to help pay the purchase price of a tract of land along East Thornton Lake in North Albany, with the hope of restoring the natural area.

A purchase price for the property has not yet been set, but Byron Hendricks, owner of the 24-acre, undeveloped tract and president of Prudential Real Estate Professionals, told the council he was willing to sell the land for a suitable price. Hendricks currently has city approval to develop a 78-lot subdivision on the land, but that proposal has been stuck in the Land Use Board of Appeals.

The State Historic Preservation Office says that the site could hold the remains of the area's prehistoric inhabitants. It is also home to native wildlife, including river otters and turtles. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde said that it would help with the area's restoration as a publicly owned natural area.

An application with the watershed board will be filed by Oct. 20. The board could pay up to 75 percent of the land cost and the rest would come from other sources.

Originally published by DJC Staff Report.

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