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New pavers to be torn up, then replaced

Written September 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

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.

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Deal proposed to save Cumberland Church

Written September 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

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.

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Nice thought, but safety comes first

Written September 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This improvised addition showed up at the east end of Albany’s riverside Dave Clark Path. Today it featured a notice zip-tied to the bench that made me stop to take a look.

Logged park trees were in poor shape

Written September 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Even though some of the trees felled at North Albany County Park looked healthy, they weren’t. I learned this when I visited today with Adam Stebbins, Benton County’s natural resources coordinator.

Work at Queen crossing: Perhaps in 2022

Written September 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The date for rebuilding and smoothing out the Queen Avenue railroad crossing in Albany keeps getting pushed back. That’s what emerged from an update the city council received on Monday.

August sewer spill could get expensive

Written September 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A sewer leak last month may prove costly for Albany ratepayers unless the city and Willamette Riverkeeper can reach some kind of agreement.

Cyclists acting badly: A councilor complains

Written September 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

 Every now and then, somebody on the Albany City Council will wonder out loud if anything can be done about bicyclists ignoring the traffic laws or otherwise acting stupid. It happened again last week.

Albany asks ODOT to allow sculpture

Written September 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happened to the idea of public art in the shape of giant metal wildflowers sprouting near the Lyon Street entrance to downtown Albany? The $80,000 project was in the news last year, and now it’s up to ODOT to decide whether to permit it in the intended spot.

Lift parking limits near West? Council says no

Written September 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Because of all the construction at West Albany High, students driving to school this year are having more trouble than usual finding a place to park. A proposal to help them by temporarily suspending parking limits in the neighborhood north of the school found no favor with the city council this week.

The muddle over middle housing

Written September 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When it passed House Bill 2001, the 2019 legislature outlawed the kind of zoning that allows only single-family houses in Oregon cities above 10,000 population. But as the Albany City Council was reminded Monday, it did not restrict the construction of single-family houses.

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