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Plans reveal old Safeway’s use

Written April 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  Last week I reported that demolition had started inside the old Albany Safeway to prepare the building for a new business. I was unable to identify the prospective tenant because no one would tell me and I had failed to take the most obvious step: Look at the plans. Monday I remembered to take […]

Left angled backing in, still too weird?

Written April 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Still not completely catching on, is it, this required back-in parking on the left side of one-way Second Avenue on the south side of the post office.

Guns and the Oregon Constitution

Written April 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In the debate about gun control, it is worth remembering what the Oregon Constitution actually says, and then check what the court has said it means.

Good progress on Truax Creek Bridge

Written April 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The good news is that traffic delays because of bridge construction on Old Salem Road in Millersburg will end sooner than expected.

Work starts on the old Safeway

Written April 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

Lyon Street blossoms in the rain

Written April 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

Love’s to be ready this summer

Written April 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

N. Albany congestion: Just bear it

Written April 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Traffic congestion in North Albany has been a topic before the city council and the planning commission lately. The message as I understood it: There’s nothing much that can be done.

The ‘Fortmiller’ is ready for viewing

Written April 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

IGA opening date is in sight

Written March 31st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The company preparing to open the North Albany IGA supermarket — long awaited by many North Albany residents — has been quiet about the opening date, but the word downtown is that it will be April 18.

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