A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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:

At Burkhart address, no change visible yet

Written February 19th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Just for the heck of it, I went by the surplus lot at 370 Burkhart St. S.E. that the Albany City Council sold last year with the idea that housing might be built there. Here’s a video report:

City proposes a use for former RR land

Written January 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

More housing. That’s what may be in store for a vacant property the city of Albany owns along the old Oregon Electric Railway track on Water Avenue.

Housing panel to consider a new city tax

Written December 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Does Albany need another local tax in order to promote “affordable housing”? It seems unlikely, but evidently that’s part of what a newly formed city task force is going to talk about.

The changing scene near Bowman Park

Written November 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you haven’t been to Bowman Park in Albany since the summer, you may be surprised, the next time you go, by how the view at the entrance to the park has changed.

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