Written August 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
The continuing renovation of the “Spruce Apartments” in downtown Albany has cleared a procedural hurdle with the approval by the city’s Landmarks Advisory Commission.
Written February 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
When the remodeling of the former Spruce Apartments at 222 First Ave. S.E. is finished, they will be named the Opera House Apartments, and a plaque on the building will tell the story of this site in Albany history.
Written September 27th, 2018 by Hasso Hering
Eleven years after it got involved with the former Labor Temple on Third Avenue, the Albany City Council this week ended the city’s role by voting to sell the building.
Written April 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering
It’s been almost exactly four years since Albany’s urban renewal agency agreed to provide financial aid for the renovation of the Fortmiller Building downtown. Now the developers are ready to show off the result.
Written January 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering
This house on Albany’s Salem Avenue, more than a century old, was destined to be gone by now, but its demolition has obviously been postponed. Instead of being razed, it’s getting its porches repaired.
Written August 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering
Albany city officials want more building and business downtown. To that end they’re launching a review of the city development code, hoping to get rid of regulations that needlessly stymie developers and builders.
Written May 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering
Two projects supported by CARA, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, are asking for additional time to get them done. The city staff is recommending approval of both, and the CARA advisory board will take up the requests when it meets at 5:15 Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.
Written June 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering
Angled parking may be coming to parts of downtown Albany sooner than expected. But it’s not a sure thing because ODOT may have something to say about it. The topic came up briefly Wednesday at a meeting of the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board. The board approved a no-interest loan of up to $175,000 […]
Written July 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
This doesn’t look like much now, just the shabby back side of the old Albany building at 420 Third Ave. S.W. But it won’t look like this for long.
Written March 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
Albany’s urban renewal board has approved financial aid for a project to renovate the old Fortmiller Building at 420 Third Ave. S.W. and build four townhouses next door. Members if the Central Albany Revitalization Area board Wednesday had lots of questions for applicant Scott Lepman but eventually endorsed, by voice vote, his request of $336,000 toward […]