HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Pushback, but riverfront project moves on

Written November 18th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s project to redevelop the Willamette riverfront is moving to the next stage in the design, but there was pushback Wednesday during a meeting of the CARA Advisory Board.


Riverfront project: Albany candidates answer

Written September 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whether the multimillion-dollar Albany Waterfront Project gets off the ground, and to what extent, will be up to the city council in office next year. At this point the project has the support of both candidates for mayor but only three of the seven running for the council.


CARA board stalls on waterfront project

Written September 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The scope of Albany’s planned waterfront redevelopment remains unsettled after the advisory board of the city’s urban renewal district, CARA, this week could not agree on the details and a decision was put off.


St. Francis project cost stuns CARA board

Written September 16th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Architect Bill Ryals’ concept of the restored St. Francis Hotel with a roof-top restaurant and diagonal parking on Ferry Street.Renovating the former St. Francis Hotel in downtown Albany would cost $10-11 million, and when it’s done it would be worth $4-5 million. This means that for the project to go ahead, the CARA urban renewal […]


Water Ave.: A future ‘plaza street’ in the smoke

Written September 12th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Here we’re looking at the west end of Albany’s Water Avenue, shrouded in wildfire smoke on Saturday afternoon. Now try to imagine this as a “plaza street” where traffic can be blocked for street fairs, the farmers’ market, or other public events. This — the plaza street idea — may survive as the only part […]


Scale back the Albany riverfront project?

Written September 6th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

If you’re interested in the Albany Riverfront Project, or concerned about its future cost, you might want to tune in to the city council meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9


Albany set to add EV stations downtown

Written May 16th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Pacific Power has offered to give the Albany urban renewal district (CARA) $63,548 to set up public charging stations for electric vehicles downtown.


 
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