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St. Francis project takes a step forward

Written January 15th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It will take a few years and millions of dollars, but if things happen as intended, the former St. Francis Hotel and adjacent Rhodes Building in Albany will become a downtown showplace once again.


A new chapter for the old St. Francis

Written January 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has finally made public its plan for the old St. Francis hotel building downtown. The plan is to buy the building from the printing company that owns it, and sell it to Marc Manley, who with his wife Anni owns and restored the Flinn Block farther east on First Avenue.


On the riverfront, Wheelhouse all lit up

Written December 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As Albany embarks on redesigning its Willamette riverfront, an evening bike ride along Water Avenue last week reminded me that a significant element of redevelopment had taken place nearly 10 years ago.


CARA update: $34.5M spent, $21.5M to go

Written December 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

CARA, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, was created in 2001 and originally was scheduled to last until 2027. Now it’s expected to expire in 2033.


St. Francis comes up at city meeting

Written October 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The former St. Francis Hotel, a downtown landmark for more than a century, was mentioned twice at last week’s meeting of the Albany Revitalization Agency. That’s the city council when it acts as the agency governing CARA, the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


Riverfront redesign project gets green light

Written October 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A team of consultants led by Walker Macy, a Portland firm, now has the approval of Albany’s urban renewal agency to gather public opinion and then make plans for redeveloping the city’s Willamette Riverfront.


Riverfront development question: How much?

Written August 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany may spend up to $20 million in urban renewal funds to redevelop its Willamette riverfront, including 14 blocks of Water Avenue from Washington Street to Main, but the potential price tag is getting some pushback from at least two members of the city council.


 
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