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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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How Albany got the Swan Lakes

Written May 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On a generally aimless ride around town the other afternoon, I came across this low dam and wondered when it was built and by whom.

This woodsy site is zoned for housing

Written May 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This wooded glen in Albany looks like it’s miles from the city. But in fact it’s on Franklin Avenue, just off Airport Road and I-5, surrounded by houses on one side and a trailer park on the other. And it may not look quite so sylvan for long.

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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City budget gives Maple Lawn a year

Written May 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Maple Lawn preschool can stay open at least another year, and police and fire layoffs have been averted for now, but long-term structural problems in Albany’s city budget remain.

A rally in red, but no one missed school

Written May 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Several hundred Albany educators rallied for more funding today, but unlike some other Oregon districts, GAPS didn’t shut down to make the demonstration possible.

Budget message: You can check it out

Written May 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Budget meetings aren’t anybody’s idea of a good time. But Tuesday’s session in the Albany council chamber was interesting, mainly for the long and extraordinarily detailed message delivered by City Manager Peter Troedsson.

Panera to open where others didn’t last

Written May 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Somebody who evidently doesn’t get around much asked me the other day whether Panera Bread was or was not opening a restaurant in Albany. Well, they’ve been building the place for months, the signs have been up since last year, and the restraurant will open by the end of the month.

Lower fire insurance rates? Maybe

Written May 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you live in the area covered by the Albany Fire Department, you might want to ask your insurance company about lowering your fire insurance premiums. Why? Because the Insurance Services Office has just upgraded the department’s “public protection classification” to a 2, up from a 3.

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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