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HASSO HERING

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CARA has pick of 3 offers to buy ex-bank

Written June 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal board next week will be asked to choose one of three widely different offers to buy and redevelop the former Wells Fargo bank at Broadalbin Street and First Avenue downtown.


CARA budget focuses on riverfront upgrade

Written May 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For Albany’s downtown urban renewal program known as CARA, the focus now is on launching and completing a redevelopment of the riverfront along Water Avenue, finishing some remaining projects, and then going out of business, possibly by 2025.


CARA still coy about Fargo offers, but …

Written May 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal agency continues to be shy about naming the parties that offered to acquire the former Wells Fargo branch in the heart of downtown. But it plans to decide on selling the building to one of them the next time the CARA advisory board meets, which is June 19.


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.


 
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