HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Council votes to sell former Cumberland site

Written June 22nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The former site of the historic Cumberland Church in Albany will go to Baldwin General Contracting, which owns the property next door.


Still for sale: Vacant Cumberland lot

Written May 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany is hoping to sell the former site of the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a property that the Public Works Department acquired in 2000 for $150,000. But as of today, the vacant lot is still for sale.


St. Francis: A new chapter starts downtown

Written April 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Another page is about to be turned in the continuing story of changes in Albany’s downtown. Pride Printing has occupied the ground floor of the former St. Francis Hotel for about 50 years, and now the business leaving.


‘Opera House Apartments’ getting close

Written April 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The new Opera House Apartments in downtown Albany have been in the works for years. Now the long-running transformation of the building at 222 First Avenue S.E. looks like it’s nearing the finish line.


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.


 
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