HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why townhouse project may have to wait

Written December 3rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

I’ve been following the fate of this black walnut since it figured in a land-use decision about new townhouses in downtown Albany last summer. Now the tree is down, but the wood won’t go to waste.


A new plan to save the St. Francis and then some

Written October 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Scott Lepman, the Albany real estate investor and developer who has tackled several big restoration projects, has come up with an even bigger one. His organization will save the former St. Francis Hotel downtown and also restore the former city hall building if the urban renewal district, CARA, will help him lower the financial risk.


On Third Avenue, 8 townhouses get city’s OK

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Commission has given its approval to a project by the Scott Lepman Company to build eight three-story townhomes in the 200 block of S.E. Third Avenue. A big old walnut tree in the corner of the site will have to come down, the commission agreed.


One walnut tree versus eight townhouses

Written July 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On July 19, three members of the Albany Planning Commission objected to construction of eight single-family townhouses on Third Avenue downtown because it would take down a walnut tree in the corner of the site. On Monday the commission will get a chance to undo that action because, as it turns out, the city development […]


‘Spruce’ apartments clear Landmarks review

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.


Creating the ‘Opera House Apartments’

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.


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.


 
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