For the former Albany Safeway at Pacific and Calapooia, the years of standing vacant are coming to an end. Contractors have begun cleaning out the former store so it can become a new retail business — but not a supermarket.
Could those be the first cherry blossoms along Albany’s Lyon Street downtown? They don’t look like much yet, but wait a few years until those trees are bigger and put on a springtime show, even in the rain.
The big new Love’s truck stop on the north side of Millersburg is coming along, as passersby on Old Salem Road can readily see. I heard that it hopes to open on July 11, but I haven’t been able to confirm the date.
It’s been almost exactly four years since Albany’s urban renewal agency agreed to provide financial aid for the renovation of the Fortmiller Building downtown. Now the developers are ready to show off the result.
Last Saturday I rode a bike around Independence. I hadn’t been there for a while, and I wanted to see if anything had changed concerning Independence Station, the ill-fated project to build one of the country’s greenest buildings.