Like the major supermarkets, Albany’s gas stations are clustered in the north half of town. Now a rezoning action completed this week opens the way for a new fueling station to be built on the south side.
For months, commuters on North Albany Road have driven past the closed Express Lube and car wash business at the corner of the Albany-Corvallis Highway. Now there’s a sign the corner may not remain dormant too much longer.
About 50 years ago, whoever laid out the Lafayettte Acres subdivision in southeast Albany had a good idea: These are very long blocks without cross streets, they may have thought, so let’s put in some footpaths so kids can easily walk to school.
Albany’s proposed ordinance imposing a city services fee or tax includes an emergency clause, meaning it will take effect as soon as the council passes and the mayor signs it. This could happen on Wednesday night, when the ordinance is on the agenda of the council’s regular meeting.
There’s one odd little detail I had not noticed before about the new part of West Albany High School, the $62 million expansion that was completed this year. It’s that although the building hasn’t moved, its address has changed.