HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


CARA still coy about Fargo offers, but …

Written May 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal agency continues to be shy about naming the parties that offered to acquire the former Wells Fargo branch in the heart of downtown. But it plans to decide on selling the building to one of them the next time the CARA advisory board meets, which is June 19.


Revival of the east side: Another step

Written April 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Schultz Building at 212 First Ave. S.E. has seen various uses since being built in 1910. Now it may become a restaurant, according to a grant request being considered by the Albany urban renewal district.


CARA buys former Wells Fargo branch

Written February 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Last October, the Albany City Council authorized the city staff to negotiate to buy the former Wells Fargo Bank branch at First Avenue and Broadalbin Street. On Friday, the city closed on the purchase for $1.5 million.


 
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