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HASSO HERING

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Still seeing stars downtown

Written January 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

See those lighted stars up on posts all over downtown Albany? Makes it look as though it’s still the Christmas season, doesn’t it?


Restoration downtown: An update

Written December 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking at part of the front of the Century Building in downtown Albany, at 117-123 First Ave. N.E., and it won’t look this shabby for long. According to plans reviewed by the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission on Tuesday, it’s about to be restored to its former glory.


Basic street work gets CARA’s nod

Written November 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Half a dozen blocks of downtown streets are going to be dressed up to make them look similar to First Avenue at a cost of $1.4 million, according to what I heard about a decision by the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board.


CARA: Out with fancy names

Written September 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s downtown urban renewal agency wants people to stop snickering and complaining about spending money on frou-frou-sounding projects like a “promenade” or an “esplanade.” So it has changed their names.


First Avenue in lights

Written November 30th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Last week you and I took a look at the new tree lights on Albany’s First Avenue downtown, but it was still light in the afternoon and the full effect was not quite visible. Here’s another look Saturday night. The lights on some 60 street trees, put up by the Albany Downtown Association with funding from proceeds […]


In Albany, a new street of lights

Written November 25th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As you can see in this video, the downtown segment of Albany’s First Avenue now has new nighttime lighting. Strings of what look like Christmas tree lights have been wound around the trunks of the street trees there and strung partway into the crowns as well. At dusk Monday, the effect was not quite as […]


Novak’s move wins CARA backing

Written November 20th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Rarely has a financing request received as enthusiastic a reception from the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board as that of Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant. On Wednesday night the CARA panel unanimously recommended approval of a $126,000 loan to help the business restore the historic storefront at 208 Second Ave. S.W. and move there by next June […]


A brighter downtown — on one street

Written October 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Downtown Albany may become brighter during winter nights — or as soon as a new lighting program can be started. But unfortunately, it will be a change limited to just a short stretch of First Avenue. And that brings up an old complaint that has been all but forgotten.


Albany’s CARA poised to restart

Written June 23rd, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal program is about to restart with a sharper focus on encouraging job creation and increasing the taxable value of the revitalization district known as CARA. For the past year, the program has been on hold while urban renewal manager Kate Porsche led the 14-member CARA advisory committee in monthly discussions of […]


 
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