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More middle housing? Apparently not yet

Written October 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The 2019 Oregon legislature wanted more “middle housing” to be built in areas zoned for single families, but so far in Albany there’s no sign it’s getting its wish.


Riverfront design contract up for CARA action

Written October 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This boardwalk, part of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, was built to skirt a restaurant that perched on the Willamette riverbank below the Ellsworth Street Bridge. The restaurant burned down years ago, but the path still winds around where it sat.


Albany street bond? Not now, council says

Written October 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Sections of six main streets have been been proposed for reconstruction if Albany voters approve a general-obligation bond issue. But expecting to ask voters for other fee or tax increases in 2020, the city council has put off for now any consideration of a street bond.


How fads change: This sign reminds us

Written October 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you’re looking for regulations made irrelevant by the passing of time, Albany’s city law on congested thoroughfares would be a pretty good fit.


New law adds to Oregon’s sanctuary stand

Written October 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon we now have a state law intended to let illegal aliens know ahead of time when the government is about to audit the forms they filled out in order to get a job.


Council acts to support Albany industry

Written October 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Nov. 18 will be a red-letter day for the Albany metals industry. That’s when a 1.5-million-pound “hot isostatic pressing” or HIP unit is scheduled to arrive at the building Stack Metallurgical Group is having constructed on southeast Marion Street.


Carnegie Library still on the chopping block

Written October 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Closing the Carnegie Library downtown is still not off the table of potential steps the Albany City Council is considering to save money in the next few years. But no definite agreement on that or anything else emerged from yet another round of council budget discussions Wednesday night.


No longer neglected: House rescue is under way

Written October 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

After standing empty and neglected for years, an old house in Albany’s Monteith Historic District now has new owners who have cleaned it out and are fixing it up. They hope that it will once again become a family’s home.


Defense lawyer picked to be city judge

Written October 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

These are the doors people enter if they want to contest an Albany traffic ticket, and sometimes for other reasons too. They’ll appear before a new city judge starting next year.


No more mystery: Council prepares big loan

Written October 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A confidential deal tentatively approved by the Albany City Council in February now has become public: It’s a proposed city loan of $745,000 to the company that is building a high-pressure furnace for the special-metals industry.


 
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