HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Landmarks says project is just too big

Written May 19th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Two years ago the Albany Landmarks Commission refused to allow the demolition of three dilapidated old houses at Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street. On the Tuesday night the same commission turned down a plan for two new buildings on the site as too massive and tall.


A hearing on two doors: It wasn’t much

Written December 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When the Albany Landmarks Commission convened last Wednesday night for two “quasi-judicial public hearings” about minor repairs to an old house, it was over pretty quick.


A public hearing for minor repairs: Why?

Written December 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Anybody can see that the door of this detached garage at 732 Fourth Ave. S.W. has to be replaced. But before the new owner can do so, he has to go before the Albany Landmarks Commission at a public hearing and get the city’s OK.


Historic review: Dahl’s project wins approval

Written November 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Contractor Joel Dahl got support Wednesday from the Albany Landmarks Commission for his restoration of the historic Goltra House at 331 Montgomery St. S.E.


‘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.


Two little requests get city hearings

Written July 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You wouldn’t think that replacing four wooden steps at your back door would require a public hearing, but in Albany’s downtown historic district it does. So does replacing a rear door on another building not far from those steps.


Change the rules on historic review

Written January 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On Dec. 5 the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission held a public hearing and approved the installation of a bakery’s exterior vent. Why a hearing and all the bureaucracy that goes with it for such a routine item? That’s a question the city council might want to ponder and then do something about.


 
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