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HASSO HERING

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Let CARA think big and then quit

Written June 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Now that the downtown streetscape project is winding down, Albany’s urban renewal agency will have to decide what to do next. One potential idea: Put on a push to improve the neighborhood east of Lyon Street by rebuilding the streets and upgrading the houses that need it.


Barbed-wire request meets resistance

Written May 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Jim Ketter’s request to get rid of the barbed wire along the Albany-Santiam Canal in the Monteith Historic District, and maybe even lower the fences, has gotten nowhere so far.


City streetscape job: The latest on cost

Written May 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In case you want to keep track, the anticipated cost of Albany’s downtown streetscape project has topped $10 million. But it’s still under budget, according to the latest update.


A downtown bank branch will close

Written May 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Rumors that Wells Fargo was about to close its downtown Albany branch had been circulating for weeks before the bank confirmed them Monday. The downtown urban renewal board will hold a closed-to-the-public meeting Wednesday to consider real estate transactions, and the idea of buying the building for its parking may well come up.


Eagles lodge for sale, but CARA shrugs

Written April 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Eagles have put their lodge building up for sale for an asking price of $950,000. But the city’s downtown urban renewal advisory board showed no interest when this came up at a meeting last week.


CARA yanks old-house request

Written April 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A million-dollar funding request to help preserve three derelict old houses in Albany’s Monteith Historic District has been pulled from Wednesday’s agenda of the Central Albany Revitalization Area’s advisory board.

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CARA to weigh $1 million request

Written April 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If the city of Albany wants three century-old houses in the Monteith Historic District rebuilt and preserved, it will have to put up a million dollars in urban-renewal aid. The issue comes up Wednesday when the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area meets.


The ‘Fortmiller’ is ready for viewing

Written April 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It’s been almost exactly four years since Albany’s urban renewal agency agreed to provide financial aid for the renovation of the Fortmiller Building downtown. Now the developers are ready to show off the result.


CARA’s interested if Eagles sell

Written March 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If the Albany Eagles lodge comes up for sale, the city’s urban renewal agency would be interested. That’s the gist of a discussion among members of the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board Wednesday night.


Lost downtown? Help is coming

Written March 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Getting new “wayfinding” signs for downtown Albany has been a long process now nearing its end. It’s taken about six years, and the bills for having 27 signs designed, made and finally installed will end up totaling around $140,000.


 
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