A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Yes, that’s what is being built there

Written June 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On Facebook the other day, someone asked what they were building on 14th Avenue S.E., on the southern edge of the Heritage Mall parking lots in Albany. Someone else provided the answer, and it was the right one.

Densification: 35 dwellings in place of one

Written June 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A year ago the Albany City Council rezoned a 1.3-acre property with a single house on it in southeast Albany, and now a site plan has been filed for the place. It calls for attached townhouses, 35 of them in all.

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Albany council passes food truck law

Written May 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s new food truck ordinance is intended to even the playing field for operators of these businesses and reduce their city fees, the city council was told Wednesday before unanimously passing it into law.

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CARA milestone: Money for projects OK’d

Written May 19th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s CARA urban renewal program reached a milestone Wednesday when the city agreed to lay out more than $6 million toward the refurbishment and restoration of two historic buildings downtown, the former Wells Fargo Bank and the former St. Francis Hotel.

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This budget story saves you some time

Written May 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Budget discussions can make your eyes glaze over, as they did mine as I was trying to follow the city of Albany’s budget committee on Zoom Thursday night. But I came away with a few key points that may affect people living in town.

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Elm Street again: Watching crash repairs

Written May 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

  Not all my bike rides in Albany are completely uneventful. On Wednesday night, for example, I watched for a few minutes as Pacific Power dealt with the aftermath of a car crash on Southwest Elm Street near 10th.

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Seven blocks: Bike safety on Madison Street

Written May 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Madison Street in old Albany doesn’t seem particularly unsafe for bike riders like me. But the city says there have been five car-bike crashes over five years, so ODOT is paying for most of a safety upgrade planned to be constructed in 2022.

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