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.
Back in August, a reader’s question led to the discovery that an Albany ordinance provides for a shortcut between Ermine Street and 36th Avenue to be “permanently maintained as a pedestrian walkway-bicycle path,” which raised the question of why it’s been closed for 10 years.
It’s been a year since I last took a look at Bowers Rock State Park, that 568-acre expanse of ponds, fields and brush on the Willamette River west of Albany. Is anything new there now? Yes, not much, but a little.
Rebuilt just a year ago and made to look distinctive, the intersection of Albany’s Water Avenue and Hill Street will have to be torn up shortly. But then it’s supposed to be restored, with those reddish pavers, to the way it looks now.
The 127-year-old building of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany may be saved and moved after all — if conditions outlined by the city council Wednesday can be turned into an actual deal.