HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

At 4th and Calapooia, a few more weeks…

Written May 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

This week it looked like the long-contested redevelopment of this downtown Albany corner could finally begin. But not quite yet.


St. Francis: A new chapter starts downtown

Written April 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Another page is about to be turned in the continuing story of changes in Albany’s downtown. Pride Printing has occupied the ground floor of the former St. Francis Hotel for about 50 years, and now the business leaving.


For now, city’s stuck with an empty bank

Written April 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Revitalization Agency, also known as the city council, met Monday to hear about the collapse of the plan to have Gerding Builders redevelop the former downtown branch of the Wells Fargo Bank. Council members thanked Gerding for its efforts but offered no ideas on what to do next.


On Wells Fargo site, a setback for CARA

Written April 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Hopes of rebuilding the former Wells Fargo Bank branch in downtown Albany by adding three floors of apartments have been dashed by the rising cost of construction.


Back on council agenda: portable toilets

Written March 18th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Once again, portable toilets are on the agenda of the Albany City Council. And if the council wants to keep allowing the one that sits outside the First Christian Church downtown, it may have to change the municipal code.


On Vine Street, a question of blockages

Written March 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The city map of Albany tax lots shows a continuous line of public right of way on both sides of the Santiam Canal from Third Avenue to 12th. But that’s not what you see on the ground.


Sale pending of downtown landmark

Written January 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A downtown Albany landmark, the historic Oregon Electric Railway depot, will change hands if a pending sale goes through as intended. But there’s no word yet on how the building will be used after it is sold.


 
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