HASSO HERING

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Wanted: A buyer to rescue this old house

Written July 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a chance for would-be rescuers of dilapidated but historic Albany houses. This place, at 732 Fourth Ave. S.W., is about to come up for sale. The Federal National Mortgage Association, which owns it, is looking for a buyer with an interest or background in restoring historic buildings.


City gets ready to foreclose on old house

Written June 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany is on the verge of doing something about another old house in the Monteith Historic District. The house had code enforcement issues and has sat empty for some time.


Findings back demolition of three houses

Written June 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Three old houses in Albany’s Monteith Historic District, condemned by the city and boarded up, are too far gone to be economically restored and should be allowed to be razed. Essentially that’s the conclusion of 18 pages of “findings” the city council is expected to adopt when it meets on Wednesday.


An Albany historic house, all boarded up

Written June 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Plywood on the doors and windows is not what you expect to see on one of the stately old houses in Albany’s Monteith Historic District. Which is why the boards caught my attention as I was riding past 637 Fifth Ave. S.W. in recent days.


State faults Albany council on old houses

Written April 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

What happens now, now that LUBA has faulted the Albany City Council for how it decided to allow the planned demolition of three old houses? The main upshot seems to be that the houses, at Fourth and Calapooia, are not likely to be demolished any time soon.


Old house talked about at council meet

Written March 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

What’s likely to happen with this vacant old house in Albany’s Monteith Historic District now is a little clearer after the subject came up before the city council Wednesday night.


Prolonging Albany demolition controversy

Written December 27th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The proposed demolition of three old Albany houses remains hung up at the state Land Use Board of Appeals because of procedural objections by an opponent.


Albany’s demolition decision appealed

Written November 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Pretty much at the last minute, an appeal has been filed against the Albany City Council’s decision to allow the demolition of three dilapidated old houses in the Monteith Historic District.


Old house fix-up OK’d, barely

Written October 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The owners of a rattletrap old house in Albany’s Monteith Historic District have won approval to renovate the place, but it was a close call that threatened to get hung up on the material in new windows.


 
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