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HASSO HERING

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Council votes to sell old ‘Labor Temple’

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.


The ‘Fortmiller’ is ready for viewing

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.


Old house demolition: Not yet

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.


Albany tries to cut red tape downtown

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.


Two CARA projects seek extensions

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.


Angled parking in downtown Albany?

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 […]


Downtown building due for upgrade

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.


CARA says yes to Lepman project

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 […]


What will become of this building?

Written March 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This is the downtown Albany building at issue in a proposal the CARA urban renewal advisory board may receive and consider the next time it meets, on March 19.


 
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