A facelift at Baker and First

The building housing AK Carpet & More dates from 1946, according to the Linn County assessor.

Another downtown Albany building, this time on the east side of the business district, is about to get an exterior makeover. The owner is getting a bit of help from CARA but is bearing almost the entire cost herself. Continue reading

Albany gas tax: Two vote no

Councilmen Sykes, left, and Kellum in a file shot from January 2017.

In the May 15 primary, Albany voters will be asked to approve a city gas tax of 5 cents per gallon. But two councilmen say the idea of a local tax on motor fuel is either wrong or premature. Continue reading

From car lot to body shop

The new owner of the former MTM car lot on Ellsworth is also a part-owner of AA Towing, which explains the tow trucks parked there lately as advertising.

The former GMC and Buick car lot at 505 Ellsworth St. S.W. in Albany is destined to become a body shop. That's the word from Steven R. Perlenfein, owner of Main Auto Body, who bought the property from Mark and Kathleen Thomas last month. Continue reading

The price of overhead charm

Under a clear winter sky on Feb. 19, one of the new "catenary" lights above Third Avenue.

At the risk of seeming to be preoccupied with the pot-like lights now hanging above the middle of Second and Third avenues, I got to wondering how much this wrinkle in the $8.5 million downtown Albany streetscape project had cost. Continue reading

GAPS plans new bus garage

On Presidents Day, the Greater Albany Public Schools' bus garage on 13th Avenue was quiet. The district wants to build a bigger one on Ferry Street.

Leaders of the Greater Albany Public Schools have been planning for a bigger depot to park and maintain the district's buses. Now the project is up for the city's and the public's review. Continue reading

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