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Cumberland church: Bigger costs on horizon

Written August 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been more than a year since the Albany City Council voted to try to get rid of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church it owns at Main Street and Santiam Road. Volunteers have been working on saving the building, and now the council faces a decision on whether to spend money on major repairs.

The old Cumberland Church in lights

Written December 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

At the end of a long and tedious work session of the Albany City Council Monday, Councilman Ray Kopczynski mentioned that Christmas lights had been installed at the former Cumberland Church. Now that, I thought, was worth taking a look.

Doomed or not: Inside Cumberland Church

Written July 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Last time I saw the inside of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany it was a jumbled mess, used for storage and not much else. As the video below shows, on Saturday the inside was still old and worn, but picked up and clean.

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Headway on church move and PO

Written July 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The mayor’s work group on historic Albany properties is making headway on its two projects: moving and restoring the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church and contacting the Postal Service about finding another site for its downtown post office.

Moving old church: The latest

Written April 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Now that an Albany work group has recommended where the old Main Street church should be moved and partially restored, the hard part of this venture begins: Designing the new site and coming up with the money.

Post office in former Safeway?

Written April 10th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Empty business buildings around town were tossed around as possible locations if the city gets the Albany Post Office to move, and the former Safeway at Calapooia Street and Pacific Boulevard, with ample parking, emerged as the leading candidate.

Where the old church might end up

Written March 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

If the old Main Street church in Albany is going to be moved, it might go to one of three possible city-owned sites, members of Mayor Sharon Konopa’s work group on “historic properties” have suggested.

Group explores moving old church

Written March 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany mayor’s work group studying the future of an historic church at Main Street and Santiam Road now is looking into having the structure moved rather than fixed up in place or, presumably, demolished. That’s according to a summary of the group’s discussion Monday.

City will ask for proposals — again

Written August 8th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

  If anybody is willing to take on the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany, the city council wants to find out. So council members agreed on Monday to have the staff whip up a request for proposals from anyone who has ideas about the 124-year-old building, which is badly in need of serious and […]

Saving this relic may cost the city

Written August 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The former Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 124 years old, is in the news again as the city of Albany is trying to decide how to unload the property and get the historic structure restored at the same time.

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