HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Checking on St. Francis as state panel visits

Written October 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Scott Lepman doesn’t have an estimate of how long it will take to refurbish the old St. Francis Hotel at Ferry Street and First Avenue in downtown Albany. But he, his brother Spencer and their construction crew are about to start.


Landmarks OK’s three downtown renovations

Written August 7th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Plans to renovate or restore three downtown landmarks — well, two landmarks and one other building — can go ahead now that the Albany Landmarks Commission has given its approval.


A penthouse for the old St. Francis

Written July 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The former St.Francis Hotel at First Avenue and Ferry Street in Albany might end up with an addition, a crowning feature you might say. Drawings prepared by Albany architect Don Johnson for the renovation of the four-story structure show a penthouse on the roof.


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.


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.


Developer pulls out of St. Francis project

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

An Albany developer has dropped his plan to renovate the former St. Francis Hotel and adjacent Rhodes Block, but the idea of the restoration itself may not yet be completely dead.


The St. Francis project: Taking a look

Written February 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

From the fourth floor of the old St. Francis Hotel, you have a fine view of downtown Albany and beyond. You could see even farther from the roof.


 
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