A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What’s up at Edgewater Village?

Written November 9th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Edgewater Village is a planned residential neighborhood that everyone hopes will rejuvenate Albany’s riverfront on the Willamette. The hope is there, along with new sewer lines and new streets, but the first house has yet to be started. The public has an interest because CARA, the city’s urban renewal program, has spent $2.4 million on […]

CARA: Progress, and a tough call

Written June 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

CARA, Albany’s downtown urban renewal program, this week is beginning to see tangible results from two of the biggest projects it has supported with financial aid. It also faces the tough call of whether to extend and perhaps even forgive a $200,000 loan whose terms call for it to be repaid now.

Update on Edgewater Village

Written April 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On Tuesday there were the first signs of actual construction at Edgewater Village, the riverside residential development in which the city of Albany has invested $2.4 million of urban renewal money. As you can see, a backhoe operator had been busy moving some dirt, apparently in preparation for installing utilities. A pile of pipes was […]

Activity at Edgewater Village!

Written February 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The long-delayed Edgewater Village development on Albany’s riverfront reached a milestone today: A contractor started cleaning up the site and preparing it for the construction of the first five houses. The city noted the occasion by sending out a press release that quoted George Diamond of Edgewater Village LLC: “Finally we get to see results […]

This the year for Edgewater Village?

Written January 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This may be the year when something finally gets built on a big riverfront tract in Albany that has been a wasteland since the demolition of what was left of the Inland Quick Freeze packing plant after it burned down in 2006. The roughly six acres lie between the Willamette River and Water Avenue, stretching three […]

A convoluted crossing story: What it means

Written September 23rd, 2013 by

  The old Oregon Electric freight rail line from Albany south is a sleepy track. Usually there’s one train in the morning and one going the other way late in the day. In the Albany neighborhood east of Geary Street, the line crosses several streets, also with very little traffic. Considering the low speed of […]

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