Written August 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
Albany may spend up to $20 million in urban renewal funds to redevelop its Willamette riverfront, including 14 blocks of Water Avenue from Washington Street to Main, but the potential price tag is getting some pushback from at least two members of the city council.
Written August 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering
An Albany couple working to fix up their house in an old part of town have been stopped, at least temporarily, because of city regulations that discourage vinyl windows and favor siding made of wood.
Written August 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering
When it comes to railroads in the mid-valley, there’s often something interesting to see. On Wednesday afternoon, for instance, you might have spotted the Federal Railroad Admnistration inspecting the former Oregon Electric track from Albany south. Or you might have seen the inspection train rolling across Riverside Drive, as in the brief video above. I […]
Written August 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering
Only four months to go before our overseers in the state legislature will make people in Albany and the rest of Oregon give up the convenience of free shopping bags of thin plastic. But another kind of plastic — much thicker and sharp, and capable of slicing your skin if you’re not careful — remains […]
Written August 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
Ten years ago, the Albany City Council closed a short bike and walking path near South Albany High School to cut down on teenagers causing trouble. The city says neighbors are still grateful, but the continued closure appears to violate a city law passed in 1975.
Written August 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
It’s been more than a year since the Albany City Council voted to try to get rid of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church it owns at Main Street and Santiam Road. Volunteers have been working on saving the building, and now the council faces a decision on whether to spend money on major repairs.
Written August 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
The city of Albany has obtained an emergency permit to remove a gravel bar that has made the boat ramp at Takena Landing trickier than usual to use. Now it’s hoping to find a contractor to do the job.
Written August 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa called it “one ugly piece of equipment.” It’s a voltage regulator assembly, and Pacific Power plans to install it on city-owned property just north of the park-and-ride station off North Albany Road.
Written August 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
The new pavement on Hill Street at the corner of 31st Avenue on Aug. 13.After being torn up for a complete reconstruction, 10 bocks of Hill Street in South Albany now have been repaved and restriped and will reopen to through traffic soon.
Written August 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
The thing about aimlessly tooling around town on a bike is that sometimes you discover a new place — new to you, that is. Which is what happened Tuesday when I turned a corner, saw some majestic old trees, went that way, and found myself in Draper Park.