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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.


Can the Wells Fargo project be saved?

Written February 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The outlook for the redevelopment of the city-owned former Wells Fargo branch downtown looks uncertain now, but the city council has given the would-be developer three more months to see if the project is financially feasible.

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Edgewater Village nearing the finish line

Written February 6th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The biggest residential development on Albany’s Willamette riverfront is rapidly nearing completion. I see the progress at Edgewater Village every time I ride past on the Dave Clark Path, which happens several times a week.


 
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