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.
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.
The owners of a rattletrap old house in Albany’s Monteith Historic District have won approval to renovate the place, but it was a close call that threatened to get hung up on the material in new windows.