A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Chick-fil-A proposed near freeway

Written June 8th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Plans to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the Santiam Highway/Interstate 5 interchange in Albany have been perking along since last summer. One complication is that a zone change is needed so the restaurant’s employees have a place to park.

Mind those terrazzo steps, boys

Written June 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Those beautiful steps in front of the Linn County Courthouse may just be too tempting if you’re a kid with a skateboard.

Albany picks site for homeless camping

Written June 6th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

No suprise: Albany’s official camp site for homeless people will be in a part of town that already has become something like Homeless Central.

Hub City Village plans to break ground

Written June 3rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It was four years ago, in July 2019, that I first reported on Albany’s Creating Housing Coalition and its hopes of building a community of tiny houses for people who have no place else to live. Now the group is about to start building the place.

Flags at Albany City Hall: Taking a look

Written June 2nd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

An evening bike ride took me past Albany City Hall on Thursday, June 1, and I saw the results of action the city council took on May 24 in the matter of flags on display.

Almost done: Former bank filled and compacted

Written May 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

No, the little yellow machine they used to compact the fill at the former Wells Fargo lot in downtown Albany is not actually a robot even though it looks like it functions on its own.

Six apartments planned on East First

Written May 30th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A three-story building holding six apartments is in store for a vacant property on East First Avenue in Albany if the owner carries through with plans submitted to the city planning division.

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