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HASSO HERING

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A reminder of a case yet to be solved

Written January 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is the spot on Bryant Way where, on Oct. 30, 2017, somebody found the body of Albany resident Aurelio Reyes Zamora. The investigation of his death is still open.

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Why those three big trees were felled

Written January 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you’re wondering why three stately conifers in Albany’s Broadway Neighborhood are no longer there (and even if you’re not), the city’s online register of building-related permits has an answer.


Albany housing: More apartments coming

Written January 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since housing seems to be on everybody’s mind, it may be worth noting that in 2018 Albany approved plans for 300 apartments, most recently 96 units in the Santiam Neighborhood between Waverly Drive and Davidson Street.


An Albany scene: They’re working on it

Written January 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This collection of stuff off Albany’s Second Avenue and the Thurston Street canal is not going to mar the Central Neighborhood much longer. At least that’s the word from City Hall.


Council deadlocks on ADUs and boards

Written January 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

All was sweetness and light at the opening of the first regular meeting of the Albany City Council Wednesday. But it didn’t last as the mayor and councilors argued again about accessory dwelling units and also disagreed on who should appoint city advisory commissions and boards.


Albany’s no-go zone: How’s it working?

Written January 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been nine months since the Albany City Council voted to establish an exclusion zone in the central part of town from which the city judge can banish repeat offenders for up to a year. So, has anyone been barred?

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Change the rules on historic review

Written January 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On Dec. 5 the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission held a public hearing and approved the installation of a bakery’s exterior vent. Why a hearing and all the bureaucracy that goes with it for such a routine item? That’s a question the city council might want to ponder and then do something about.


Newest member joins Albany council

Written January 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council welcomed its newest member Monday. He is Alex Johnson II, who won the 2018 election in council Ward 2A.


Albany ADUs can be mobile homes

Written January 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council gets another chance this week to pass a code change to allow detached “accessory dwelling units” — essentially small second houses –on all single-family residential lots in line with a state mandate.


‘Cheese grater’? That project’s off

Written January 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The fabled “cheese grater” on Albany’s First Avenue — a sign of progress in the 1960s and now considered an architectural atrocity — is staying up there, at least for now.


 
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