Medical and financial services buildings are in the works for the vacant lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Marine Drive.
Local developer Chester Trabucco plans to submit a conditional use permit to the Astoria Planning Commission next month for a 7,200-square-foot medical building at the corner of Sixth Street and the Astoria Riverwalk.
The corner of the lot is owned by No. 10 Sixth Street, a company including Trabucco, local accountant Stephen Allen and the late Randal Bowe, a local real estate agent. A conditional-use permit is required because the land is zoned for tourist-oriented businesses.
A separate 3,400-square-foot financial services building is not a part of Trabucco’s conditional-use application, but is part of his eventual development of the lot.
“We’re doing what’s known in the industry as a build-to-suit,” Trabucco said of the buildings, adding that neither of their intended tenants is committed until he can get the permit to build.
The financial services building would be on the southwest corner of the lot owned by the Bechtolt family. Cary Bechtolt said Trabucco has a purchase and sale agreement to buy out the family after getting the permit to build.
The family has owned the lot since the 1950s, he said, when his grandfather was a local fuel distributor. The last brick-and-mortar store on the site was a gas station that closed down in the late 1990s.
“All we’ve really done is try to sell it,” Bechtolt said of the site, which has briefly played host to food carts, a wood-carver, a street fair and other vendors and events.
Trabucco said the buildings will help fix a blighted portion of Astoria and complete a node of development including the Fisher Bros. Building and Buoy Beer Co.
“Having some activity there and some low-profile structures, it’s a win for everybody,” Trabucco said.