HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Are single-family houses over? Not yet

Written November 16th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

There’s no sign in Albany that developers are waiting for the new state housing law to kick in, the law that seeks to encourage more people to live closer together and start using the bus instead of their car.


Apartments and houses are planned here

Written July 18th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The brush has been cleared away, and pretty soon the oaks and other mature trees will come down as well on Franklin Avenue just west of Airport Road and Interstate 5.


‘Spruce’ apartments clear Landmarks review

Written August 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The continuing renovation of the “Spruce Apartments” in downtown Albany has cleared a procedural hurdle with the approval by the city’s Landmarks Advisory Commission.


‘Affordable housing’ — Not on this lot

Written June 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A surplus city-owned lot at 370 Burkhart Street was considered for developing “affordable housing” in Albany. But the idea foundered on the likely cost of clearing the property of a decommissioned water reservoir.


Apartments on river get Albany staff’s OK

Written June 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The site plan for a proposed 105-unit apartment complex on the Willamette River has won the tentative approval of the Albany city planning staff.  Neighbors who submitted written comments now have until June 10 to ask for a public hearing before the Albany Planning Commission.


This woodsy site is zoned for housing

Written May 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This wooded glen in Albany looks like it’s miles from the city. But in fact it’s on Franklin Avenue, just off Airport Road and I-5, surrounded by houses on one side and a trailer park on the other. And it may not look quite so sylvan for long.


A hotbed of construction east of I-5

Written April 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The bike took me to the wide-open spaces of northeast Albany this week, and they’e no longer wide open. Everywhere I went, there’s construction– new streets, houses, apartments, and of course the new Meadow Ridge School itself.


 
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