HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


St. Francis project gets verbal support

Written January 20th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Several members of the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board want the urban renewal agency to give financial support to restoring the former St. Francis hotel and adjacent Rhodes building. But after Wednesday’s meeting of the board, just how much the agency would pay was still unclear.


Edgewater: Completed in 2020, as planned

Written December 9th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Before this Covid-scarred year of 2020 is over, let’s not forget that a big development project supported by Albany’s urban renewal program has been successfully completed.


St. Francis project cost stuns CARA board

Written September 16th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Architect Bill Ryals’ concept of the restored St. Francis Hotel with a roof-top restaurant and diagonal parking on Ferry Street.Renovating the former St. Francis Hotel in downtown Albany would cost $10-11 million, and when it’s done it would be worth $4-5 million. This means that for the project to go ahead, the CARA urban renewal […]


CARA update: $34.5M spent, $21.5M to go

Written December 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

CARA, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, was created in 2001 and originally was scheduled to last until 2027. Now it’s expected to expire in 2033.


Riverfront design contract up for CARA action

Written October 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This boardwalk, part of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, was built to skirt a restaurant that perched on the Willamette riverbank below the Ellsworth Street Bridge. The restaurant burned down years ago, but the path still winds around where it sat.


CARA budget focuses on riverfront upgrade

Written May 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For Albany’s downtown urban renewal program known as CARA, the focus now is on launching and completing a redevelopment of the riverfront along Water Avenue, finishing some remaining projects, and then going out of business, possibly by 2025.


 
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