HASSO HERING

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‘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.


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.


 
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