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Novak’s move wins CARA backing

Written November 20th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Rarely has a financing request received as enthusiastic a reception from the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board as that of Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant. On Wednesday night the CARA panel unanimously recommended approval of a $126,000 loan to help the business restore the historic storefront at 208 Second Ave. S.W. and move there by next June […]


Novak’s wants to move downtown

Written November 15th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an Albany news flash: Novak’s, the Hungarian restaurant that’s become famous up and down the state over the last three decades, hopes to remodel a historic storefront downtown and move there in time to reopen in the new place next June. This was announced Friday when the city of Albany made public the agenda for the […]


Albany news: Woodland Square gets boost

Written November 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Big news for an Albany neighborhood: Woodland Square, an urban renewal project supported by CARA, has won state approval of the tax credits it needed to go ahead. The project will replace the trailer park at Salem Avenue and Pine Street with a 54-unit apartment complex. Construction is expected to start in June 2014, the […]


A brighter downtown — on one street

Written October 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Downtown Albany may become brighter during winter nights — or as soon as a new lighting program can be started. But unfortunately, it will be a change limited to just a short stretch of First Avenue. And that brings up an old complaint that has been all but forgotten.


No bond tax for urban renewal, Albany says

Written August 21st, 2013 by

When Albany voters decide on a bond for new police and fire stations in November, they can be sure that approval of the bond will not benefit the downtown urban renewal district, CARA. Why would it, you might reasonably ask, even though we’ve covered this subject before. Well, money to repay the $20.3 million bond […]


Albany briefing: Neutralizing CARA as bond concern

Written August 18th, 2013 by

The Albany city staff is following through on a pledge made by Wes Hare, the city manager, in connection with the scheduled Nov. 5 bond election for a new police station and main fire hall. Before the city council put that $20.3 million bond on the ballot, Hare said he would recommend that approval of […]


Albany bonds: Avert CARA complication

Written August 9th, 2013 by

An Albany bond issue to pay for new police and fire stations should pass because those facilities are needed. But its passage will be made easier if the council makes sure the issue is not needlessly complicated by urban renewal. To be clear, if voters approve a general obligation bond issue of $20.3 million, as […]


Albany’s CARA poised to restart

Written June 23rd, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal program is about to restart with a sharper focus on encouraging job creation and increasing the taxable value of the revitalization district known as CARA. For the past year, the program has been on hold while urban renewal manager Kate Porsche led the 14-member CARA advisory committee in monthly discussions of […]


Urban renewal tax fix falls short

Written May 28th, 2013 by

The Oregon House today (May 28) is scheduled to vote on a sensible bill to correct an injustice dealing with property taxes and urban renewal, but it won’t do any good in Albany, at least not yet. The bill is HB 2632-A. It would remove local option levies approved by voters after January 1, 2013, […]


CARA wants to press on

Written May 12th, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, CARA, expects to have a surplus of $1.25 million next budget year. It could decide to levy that much less in tax, which would benefit mostly the city of Albany, Linn County and indirectly the state school fund. But after discussing it on May 7, the CARA advisory board recommended […]


 
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