HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Riverfront beat: Taking a look at The Banks

Written October 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

They’ve installed bike racks at The Banks, the 120-unit apartment complex under construction on the Willamette River near Bowman Park in Albany. So things are looking up.


As expected, a new subdivision off Ellingson

Written September 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

This July the Albany City Council annexed 20 acres of farmland and a mobile home at Lochner and Ellingson Roads. Now, as expected, a nationwide homebuilding company has filed a tentative subdivision plat for 101 houses on the land.


Tough choice: Who gets part of $1 million?

Written September 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.


A new dwelling on N.E. Water Avenue

Written August 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Part of the 2100 block of Northeast Water Avenue in Albany is narrow and parallels the broad right-of-way of the Portland & Pacific railroad on the south side of the tracks. The street is on the bike route I often take along the Willamette riverfront. The last few times I noticed a new construction site, […]


South Albany fields: See them while you can

Written July 15th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

With the summer sun low in the west, I took a bike ride Thursday night to take another look at the fast-disappearing farmland on Albany’s south side.


Would lower fees make houses affordable?

Written May 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of making houses more “affordable,” the Albany City Council seems inclined to lower systems development charges on small new single-family dwellings and raise them on big ones. But “affordable” is not a firm number, so whether the idea works is impossible to predict.


On Marion Street, plans for more housing

Written April 29th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Owners of about 6 acres of vacant land on the west side of Southeast Marion Street in Albany are asking for a zone change as they prepare to build attached housing there.


 
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