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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A new look at planned downtown project

Written September 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Gerding Builders expects to follow through on its plan to turn the former Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Albany into a commercial and residential complex. That was the gist of part of Wednesday’s session of the downtown renewal advisory board.


Developer pulls out of St. Francis project

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

An Albany developer has dropped his plan to renovate the former St. Francis Hotel and adjacent Rhodes Block, but the idea of the restoration itself may not yet be completely dead.


On Third Avenue, 8 townhouses get city’s OK

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Commission has given its approval to a project by the Scott Lepman Company to build eight three-story townhomes in the 200 block of S.E. Third Avenue. A big old walnut tree in the corner of the site will have to come down, the commission agreed.


Denser housing: Owner renews rezoning bid

Written September 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Six years ago the Albany City Council refused to rezone a single-family residential lot on Waverly Drive to allow construction of up to 35 apartments. Now the owner is giving it another try.


A plan to close Central Elementary School

Written September 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A surprising development popped up during Monday’s meeting of the Albany School Board: There’s a plan to close Central School as an elementary school and use it for other district programs.


It’s the season: Algae choke Waverly Lake

Written September 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

My Sunday bike ride took me past Albany’s Waverly Lake, and now I’m wondering about all that algal scum that has covered a good portion of this 10-acre pond.


Ideas to make biking safer: Take the survey

Written September 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A local government agency is giving people a chance to say which projects they would support in order to make it easier or safer to get around in the Albany area by bicycle or on foot.


 
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