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Edgewater Village: A push to finish

Written April 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Edgewater Village, the subdivision on Albany’s formerly industrial riverfront, is making arrangements to step up the pace of home construction after the Albany urban renewal board approved a change in its loan agreement with the developers.

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Albany considers radar speed signs

Written April 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Should Albany install radar-operated signs that tell drivers how fast they are going, especially if they’re breaking the speed limit? The city council plans to consider the question Monday.

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Streetscape: CARA to reconstruct 7 blocks

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal board had three options for repaving seven blocks of two downtown streets. It chose the one that would take longer and cost more than the others because it should result in stronger pavement and less maintenance through the years. The full reconstruction covers four blocks of Second Avenue, from Washington to Lyon […]


Ho-hum: No end to parking saga

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The same old story, it seems: As this Wednesday photo illustrates, backing into those angled spaces on Second Avenue outside the Albany Post Office just is not intuitive enough for some drivers. This is not surprising. Based on a staff recommendation but without any public input, angled back-in parking was adopted by the advisory board […]


A crossing puzzle: No pedestrians?

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  If that’s not a pedestrian crossing, what else could it possibly be? That was my question when I saw this sign Wednesday at the newly completed railroad crossing at Hill Street and Water Avenue in Albany.


Not your usual flotsam and jetsam

Written April 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The riverfront is my beat, and Wednesday it offered an unusual sight: The hull of a derelict speedboat loaded with a collection of old tires and a toilet complete with its tank.


N. Albany shoppers: The wait is over

Written April 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

North Albany’s long wait for a supermarket is over. Now customers can demonstrate that opening the North Albany IGA Supermarket and Hero ACE hardware store was the right move.


CARA yanks old-house request

Written April 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A million-dollar funding request to help preserve three derelict old houses in Albany’s Monteith Historic District has been pulled from Wednesday’s agenda of the Central Albany Revitalization Area’s advisory board.

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Another house closed as unsafe

Written April 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of my regular bike routes takes me around the corner of First and Columbus in east Albany. This week a house there had been boarded up “by order of the Albany Police Department,” according to the stencils on the plywood sheets covering the windows. Kristopher Schendel, the code compliance officer in the police department, […]


CARA to weigh $1 million request

Written April 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If the city of Albany wants three century-old houses in the Monteith Historic District rebuilt and preserved, it will have to put up a million dollars in urban-renewal aid. The issue comes up Wednesday when the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area meets.


 
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