HASSO HERING

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Council nixes Santiam Road ‘bottle drop’

Written February 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany stores and customers can forget about using a central bottle and can redemption center yet this year. Ignoring a unanimous recommendation by the city planning commission, the city council Wednesday agreed instead with a city staff recommendation that prevents the so-called “bottle drop” from being established in the vacant former Salvation Army thrift shop at 1224 Santiam […]


Update: Action due on pot bills

Written February 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Considering the possible action at the legislature, Albany’s city council was wise this week in stepping back from its attempt to outlaw all marijuana, medical and otherwise, from within the city limits. Things may be happening in Salem, and it makes a lot of sense for any city to await the outcome before jumping into the […]


Want to buy an old church?

Written February 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you’ve always wanted to spend tons of money on acquiring and restoring an old church, here’s your chance. The city of Albany plans to invite proposals along those lines for a building at Santiam Road and Main Street, which the city bought for a road project but now doesn’t need after all.


Albany backs off marijuana-store ban

Written February 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happens with medical-marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Albany won’t be in the forefront of trying to keep them out, at least for now. The city council Monday voted 4-2 to withdraw its application to change the city development code to prevent marijuana stores from getting started.


Wetlands snag held up apartments, now resolved

Written January 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Work may resume as early as Friday on a 90-unit apartment complex in South Albany after being shut down for nearly two months because of an expired wetlands permit. The eight apartment buildings on the 3.9-acre site, at 34th Avenue and Hill Street S.E., have been sitting unfinished since early December when construction crews had to […]


A ‘fresh look’ at police, fire projects

Written January 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s plans for a new police headquarters and downtown fire station will get a review of all the angles, from whether they are necessary at all to where and how they might be built. That’s apparent from the first meeting Tuesday night of a review committee co-chaired by former state Sen. Frank Morse and retired […]


Planning panel opposes pot amendment

Written January 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The city council’s attempt to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of Albany once state rules allowing them take effect in March may have hit a bump. On Monday night, the city planning commission recommended against a proposed change in the city development code intended to ban dispensaries but seemingly banning all pot.


City wording would ban pot, period

Written January 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It sounds as though the city of Albany wants to outlaw not just dispensaries when they become legal next spring but medical marijuana itself. At the behest of four members of the city council, the planning commission on Jan. 27 will consider an amendment to the Albany Development Code, the city’s land use law.


Albany rail project inches forward

Written January 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The deadline for finishing this Albany railroad project has been missed, but there’s been a lot of progress lately, including the partial installation of some actual track. The Portland & Western Railroad has been building what’s called the Santiam Lead, a section of track that parallels the Union Pacific mainline for about three city blocks.


CRC tolling: The answers

Written January 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Two state representatives, Andy Olson of Albany and Sara Gelser of Corvallis, have found answers to my questions about tolling on the proposed new interstate bridge in Portland, the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing. No, there will be no toll booths if the bridge is built. Instead, here is how it would work:


 
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