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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

City wants more proposals on vacant bank

Written April 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany city officials have received a couple of competing proposals for what to do with the former Wells Fargo Bank downtown, and they are looking for more.


Revival of the east side: Another step

Written April 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Schultz Building at 212 First Ave. S.E. has seen various uses since being built in 1910. Now it may become a restaurant, according to a grant request being considered by the Albany urban renewal district.


EV charging stations downtown?

Written February 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Should the Central Albany Revitalization Area provide charging stations for electric cars downtown? The CARA advisory board will get a chance to talk about that idea when it meets on Wednesday afternoon.


Albany launches downtown parking study

Written February 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council thinks the city would benefit from a downtown parking study, and it has commissioned one at a contracted cost of no more than $42,803.


CARA buys former Wells Fargo branch

Written February 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Last October, the Albany City Council authorized the city staff to negotiate to buy the former Wells Fargo Bank branch at First Avenue and Broadalbin Street. On Friday, the city closed on the purchase for $1.5 million.


‘Cheese grater’? That project’s off

Written January 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The fabled “cheese grater” on Albany’s First Avenue — a sign of progress in the 1960s and now considered an architectural atrocity — is staying up there, at least for now.


About our alleys: More than a shortcut?

Written December 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A couple of days before Christmas I took a shortcut through a downtown alley. This made me think of one of the forgotten goals of the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


Albany takes up riverfront challenge

Written November 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

After years of talking about it, Albany is trying to follow its neighbors on the Willamette River by stimulating redevelopment of its riverfront. The first step — you guessed it — is finding a consultant.


CARA wants to buy a downtown property

Written October 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal agency will try to buy a downtown property. They don’t want the public to know which one, but it sounds like the building and parking lot of the former Wells Fargo branch on First Avenue.


Albany downtown: The riverfront next?

Written October 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So what comes next for CARA, the central Albany urban renewal district? Mayor Sharon Konopa has an idea, and she mentioned it Saturday at the completion ceremony of the city’s two-year downtown streetscape project.


 
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