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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

House repairs lead to lengthy hearing

Written June 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

If you want to punish someone in Albany, you can sentence them to watch a hearing before the city’s Landmarks Commission. That’s my impression as I am following the proceedings before this board on Wednesday night, now going into its fourth hour just after 9 p.m.


Why hearings on steps, door? It’s the code

Written July 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission spent only about half an hour Wednesday night to conduct two “quasi-judicial” public hearings and then approve minor alterations on the alley side of buildings facing First Avenue.


Two little requests get city hearings

Written July 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You wouldn’t think that replacing four wooden steps at your back door would require a public hearing, but in Albany’s downtown historic district it does. So does replacing a rear door on another building not far from those steps.


East of Lyon: A remarkable comeback

Written January 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On an evening stroll through central Albany east of Lyon Street, I took a few photos of houses that impressed me as restored, repainted, fixed up, or just showing signs that the owner or somebody has been taking good care of them.


Making new house fit old neighborhood

Written November 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A ride this week took me down Fourth Avenue in Albany’s Hackleman Historic District, and I stopped to photograph a newly built house that looked close to being completed. I was struck by how nicely it fits in with the older houses on the street.  


Delay demolition 90 days, city staff asks

Written October 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany Planning Manager Bob Richardson has recommended that the city council allow the razing of three old houses in the Monteith Historic District on the condition that the demolition be put off at least 90 days in case someone wants to move the structures.


 
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