HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Riverside apartments post what they’ll cost

Written April 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Once again last week, the bike took me on the trail between the Willamette River and The Banks, the 120-unit apartment complex under construction near Bowman Park in Albany. Then, over the weekend, I noticed that the Salem-based developers have opened a website that shows the floor plans of different units and what they will […]


And now, a site plan at 4th and Calapooia

Written January 29th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street in Albany has been in the news for years, but not lately. So how about an update?


Time to revisit airport’s future, again?

Written January 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Every 25 years or so, someone in the Albany city government thinks it would be a good idea to get rid of the municipal airport and use the land for something else. And now that time may have come again.


A project on vacant corner: 16 townhouses

Written November 23rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s city planning division has just approved a site plan for a set of 16 “townhome-style multifamily units” on the south side of town. The plans are a departure from the single-family development pattern that dominates land use farther west along Southwest 53rd Avenue.


No controversy: Two developments get city’s OK

Written November 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In what was pretty much a formality, the Albany Planning Commission has approved a 22-unit apartment complex on Southeast Salem Avenue and a 23-lot subdivision on Northwest Gibson Hill Road.


 
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