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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Novak’s wants to move downtown

Written November 15th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an Albany news flash: Novak’s, the Hungarian restaurant that’s become famous up and down the state over the last three decades, hopes to remodel a historic storefront downtown and move there in time to reopen in the new place next June. This was announced Friday when the city of Albany made public the agenda for the […]


A “bottle bill” redemption center? Make it quick!

Written November 13th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If you’re tired of having to wait your turn at the bottle-return stations of Albany supermarkets, you will welcome a proposal to establish a central redemption center of the kind already operating elsewhere in Oregon. The Salvation Army has asked the city to allow a “bottle bill” recycling center at the former and long-vacant Salvation Army thrift store […]


Ex-GI Joe space gets makeover

Written November 13th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

At least one of Albany’s large vacant retail spaces appears to have found a new future tenant. A construction fence has gone up outside the former GI Joe’s on Southeast 14th Avenue, and workers are busy inside. One of them says they’re building an inside wall to divide the huge space. This is borne out by […]


Albany Hydro, keeping history alive

Written November 12th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If you walk up the Calapooia River bridge from Albany’s Bryant Park — on the upstream side without a sidewalk, taking your life in your hands in case a big pickup comes by — look down to your right and you can see the turbine shaft of the city’s hydropower plant spinning again. It’s another […]


Sawing for schools: Oaks find new life

Written November 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The old oaks cut down at the Lowe’s construction site in Albany are not going to waste. Instead their material will help young people in Albany high school woodshop classes learn new skills, and some of it may become sturdy furniture.


Albany news: Woodland Square gets boost

Written November 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Big news for an Albany neighborhood: Woodland Square, an urban renewal project supported by CARA, has won state approval of the tax credits it needed to go ahead. The project will replace the trailer park at Salem Avenue and Pine Street with a 54-unit apartment complex. Construction is expected to start in June 2014, the […]


The slow study of fast trains

Written November 7th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Planning for more and faster passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley, a process governed by the National Environmental Policy Act, is going much slower than hoped for when it started. It’s like turtles planning a route for hares. Slow or not, there’s plenty of interest in the work, as Thursday’s open house in Albany showed. It was intended as […]


Albany on pot dispensaries: Wait and see

Written November 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Albany won’t jump into trying to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries once they become legal under state law next spring, at least not right away. The city council Wednesday went along with advice it got from City Attorney Jim Delapoer to wait until legal questions about what cities can do under a new state law are […]


North Albany Road work delay likely (with update)

Written November 4th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

  Engineers and builders have been constructing roads for centuries. But now the process has become so complicated that road projects are facing long delays and higher costs. Take just one local example, the long-planned reconstruction of a section of North Albany Road, the busy link to a fast-growing part of the city of Albany. The reconstruction […]


Albany bond update: Hasty Freez spared!

Written November 2nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The good news: Hasty Freez, Albany’s venerable burger, ice cream and shake emporium at the corner of Seventh and Lyon, can stay where it is under the current plan for building a new fire station in place of the old Station 11 downtown. On Wednesday (Nov. 6) the city council will vote on authorizing the […]


 
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