HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Downtown EV charger: A status update

Written February 7th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A few weeks ago — I can’t remember exactly when — I heard someone at an Albany City Council meeting say that the city’s new electric-vehicle charging station downtown had gone on the blink. So on Sunday I stopped by the parking lot behind the Wallace Building (the former J.C. Penney store), where the EV […]


Yes, Sybaris owners are buying OER station

Written February 1st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Now it’s official: Janel and Matt Bennett, owners of Sybaris, are buying the historic Oregon Electric Railway station in downtown Albany and plan to move their world-class restaurant there.


On the riverfront: Treatment for opioid addicts

Written October 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Based on a notation on a remodeling permit, I reported in April that an “outpatient addiction treatment facility” was going into the historic Avery Mill Building on the Albany riverfront. Today I found out a little more.


A new look at planned downtown project

Written September 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Gerding Builders expects to follow through on its plan to turn the former Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Albany into a commercial and residential complex. That was the gist of part of Wednesday’s session of the downtown renewal advisory board.


Downtown EV charger looks ready to use

Written September 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The last few times I passed the CARA-sponsored electric-vehicle charging station in downtown Albany, the device was still shrouded in black plastic. But Saturday night, the plastic was gone and the thing looked ready to be used.


Old photos found, in search of their owner

Written September 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Ricky Putman was walking back to work downtown after a stroll on the Dave Clark Path when something odd caught his eye: A photo album was lying atop the trash can next to the bus stop at the Albany Post Office.


Downtown pizza business still closed, in limbo

Written August 2nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On the social media app Nextdoor, someone asked whether Ciddici’s Pizza in downtown Albany would ever reopen. I had wondered about the same thing and this week tried to find out. The short answer is: Who knows?


 
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