HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Making room for a manufactured home

Written December 19th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A small old house at the corner of First Avenue and Columbus Street in Albany was vacant for five years. This week it was torn down so a manufactured house can be placed on the lot.


Demolition cost more than expected

Written June 25th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Unforeseen complications have raised the cost of demolishing the former Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Albany.


Almost done: Former bank filled and compacted

Written May 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

No, the little yellow machine they used to compact the fill at the former Wells Fargo lot in downtown Albany is not actually a robot even though it looks like it functions on its own.


Building down: Where’s the time capsule?

Written March 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

If you were hoping for a glimpse of the 1912 time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the First National Bank, prepare yourself for a disappointment.


Safe doors secured; still waiting for time capsule

Written March 21st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The doors to the safe of Albany’s historic First National Bank have been saved as the building is being torn down. Now the big question is whether the cornerstone still contains the time capsule placed within it in 1912.


The pace of demolition: Keeping track

Written March 3rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In case you’re keeping track, this is how far the demolition of the former bank building at First and Broadalbin in downtown Albany had progressed by Friday afternoon.


Smashing the walls at old bank building

Written March 1st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Keeping up with this particular change in downtown Albany: On Wednesday a contractor started tearing down the walls of the former Wells Fargo branch at Broadalbin Street and First Avenue. “Tearing down” may be the wrong words. It was more a matter of “smashing with a battering ram.” Take a look: I was on my […]


 
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