A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Neighbors question riverside apartment plan

Written May 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Neighborhood concern has prompted the city planning division to schedule a public hearing on a riverside apartment complex proposed near Bowman Park.

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Rebuilding Hill Street: No ‘taking’ of property

Written May 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No, the city of Albany did not “take” private property for the rebuilding of Hill Street, a two-year project being completed this summer.

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Could former fuel depot find a new use?

Written May 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

My bike rides around Albany often take me past the southeast corner of First Avenue and Burkhart Street, where there used to be an oil company tank farm. Now and then I wonder if the property will ever again have some kind of use.

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Offers for ex-bank to be aired in public

Written May 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

What happens with the former Wells Fargo branch in downtown Albany¬† — government offices, public parking, or private property used for commerce¬† — is so far undecided. But city officials now say the competing proposals or “offers to buy” should and will be discussed in public.

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Police called over candidate’s lawn signs

Written April 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Acting on the complaint of a rival candidate, Albany police last Thursday caused the removal of campaign signs for school board candidate Miriam Cummins outside four businesses. But it was a mistake, and when I checked on Monday afternoon the signs were back.

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For an Albany rail fan, a sight to enjoy

Written April 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In case you hadn’t noticed over the years, I enjoy watching railroad operations. And Albany is the place to be in that regard, since the town is crisscrossed with functioning rail lines.

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Phoning while driving can have a stiff price

Written April 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is supposed to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so it pays to be extra careful not to use our hand-held phones while driving, and not just to avoid big fines.

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Work on the rails never stops …

Written March 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Lately it seems as though the Portland & Western is doing lots of maintenance on the old Oregon Electric track in and near Albany. Anyway that’s the impression I got on a bike ride in spring-like weather Thursday afternoon.

Landmarks struggle: Is this historic?

Written February 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Landmarks Advisory Commission needs clarification on this question: When does a garage associated with an historic house qualify as being historic too, so that a demolition permit is required before it can be replaced with a larger one?

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Owners ask to subdivide Heritage Mall

Written December 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The owners of Heritage Mall have asked the city of Albany to approve their plan to subdivide the acreage and break the mall property into five separate lots.

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