HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Tough choice: Who gets part of $1 million?

Written September 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.


107 apartments OK’d at Queen and Geary

Written July 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The southeast corner of Geary Street and Queen Avenue in Albany will look different and busier when a developer goes through with plans for three apartment buildings there.


Builders build while task force labors on

Written July 19th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In case you have forgotten, an Albany city committee is still struggling with how to make housing cost less. Meanwhile, builders are going ahead just like they always have — building houses they think they can sell.


An infill project on Water Avenue

Written July 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Talk about infill! That’s the idea of building on vacant lots surrounded by established uses, and the latest proposal by Albany developer Scott Lepman certainly qualifies.


Would lower fees make houses affordable?

Written May 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of making houses more “affordable,” the Albany City Council seems inclined to lower systems development charges on small new single-family dwellings and raise them on big ones. But “affordable” is not a firm number, so whether the idea works is impossible to predict.


‘Opera House Apartments’ getting close

Written April 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The new Opera House Apartments in downtown Albany have been in the works for years. Now the long-running transformation of the building at 222 First Avenue S.E. looks like it’s nearing the finish line.


‘Honey Grove’ clears planning commission

Written March 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Here you can watch me taking a chance on reporting that something happened before it actually happened:


 
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