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St. Francis project takes a step forward

Written January 15th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It will take a few years and millions of dollars, but if things happen as intended, the former St. Francis Hotel and adjacent Rhodes Building in Albany will become a downtown showplace once again.


A new chapter for the old St. Francis

Written January 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has finally made public its plan for the old St. Francis hotel building downtown. The plan is to buy the building from the printing company that owns it, and sell it to Marc Manley, who with his wife Anni owns and restored the Flinn Block farther east on First Avenue.


CARA update: $34.5M spent, $21.5M to go

Written December 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

CARA, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, was created in 2001 and originally was scheduled to last until 2027. Now it’s expected to expire in 2033.


Downtown parking: Study says it works

Written November 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Anybody hoping that Albany’s parking consultant would recommend building a downtown parking structure will be disappointed. Rick Williams, the consultant, recommends only “moderate upgrades” in the parking sytem because he found it to be working well.


St. Francis comes up at city meeting

Written October 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The former St. Francis Hotel, a downtown landmark for more than a century, was mentioned twice at last week’s meeting of the Albany Revitalization Agency. That’s the city council when it acts as the agency governing CARA, the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


Hanging baskets: Questions and answers

Written August 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

“My friends and I always wonder what they do to get the flower baskets downtown to bloom so profusely and get so big,” the email from Mandy Wilson said. “They are just petunias, right? We were also curious as to what they do with the baskets when the season is over. We thought maybe you […]


Sidewalk construction poked a hole

Written May 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It seems like forever that the sidewalk has been torn up on the northwest corner of Broadalbin Street and First Avenue in downtown Albany. What happened, why is it taking so long to make repairs?


 
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