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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany panel rejects 7-townhouse appeal

Written June 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A subdivision for seven proposed townhouses off Gibson Hill Road in North Albany meets requirements in the city development code, so the Albany Planning Commission Monday affirmed its approval by the planning staff, rejecting an appeal.


New apartments rise above Periwinkle Creek

Written June 10th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Since last September, construction has been under way on three apartment buildings between Periwinkle Creek and Geary Street in Albany, at 1755 Geary St. S.E.


Lochner Road still closed for subdivision work

Written May 3rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The south end of Lochner Road was supposed to be open again by mid-April, but it remained closed because of construction at the beginning of May.


How did session lessen ‘housing crisis’?

Written March 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Bike rides in Albany occasionally take me into a new subdivision on the west end of town, where they’ve been building and selling three- and four-bedroom houses since 2019. It’s the 32-lot Takena Estates subdivision. And as I stopped there Saturday to look around, I was thinking about the Oregon “housing crisis” that we hear […]


Why these two houses are so narrow

Written February 12th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride last week, the narrow shape of two houses under construction on Marion Street in southeast Albany caught my eye.


A smarter way to create more housing

Written February 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon’s quest for more affordable housing, building on vacant or underused land inside cities makes far more sense that expanding urban growth boundaries to gobble up farmland.


Making room for a manufactured home

Written December 19th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A small old house at the corner of First Avenue and Columbus Street in Albany was vacant for five years. This week it was torn down so a manufactured house can be placed on the lot.


 
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