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Just another home foreclosure

Written August 12th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

You’d expect a zombie to look a lot worse than this tidy little house. But that’s what it is — a zombie foreclosure in real estate lingo, abandoned before somebody sues to take the place.


Fixing Water Avenue, Part II

Written August 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you drive along Albany’s riverfront, you will have noticed that work began today on the second phase of rebuilding Water Avenue and the railroad track in the middle of it.


Albany briefing: Water Avenue update

Written September 19th, 2013 by

A paving crew from Knife River Corp. was making swift work Wednesday of resurfacing a section of Albany’s Water Avenue. The street is being repaved after the Portland & Western rebuilt its rail line in the middle of the street from Main to Harrison. The section from Harrison to Geary — both rails and pavement […]


Albany briefing: Progress on Water Avenue track

Written August 28th, 2013 by

The Portland & Western Railroad has made good progress on the track rehabilitation project that started this week on Albany’s Water Avenue east of Main Street. As you can see, by Wednesday afternoon the former roller-coaster track had been replaced or straightened. When the track work is done, a contractor for the city, Knife River Corp., will repave the […]


Albany update: Water Avenue rehab under way

Written August 26th, 2013 by

The long-awaited project to rebuild the railroad track and then the pavement on Albany’s Water Avenue is under way. By Monday afternoon, crews working for the Portland & Western Railroad had lifted and moved to the side of the street dozens of concrete and steel plates that made up the driving surface on the track. […]


Albany briefing: Water Avenue fix

Written August 16th, 2013 by

Drivers who use Albany’s Water Avenue have waited for this development for a long time: Repairs on the railroad track running down the middle of the street are about to start and will be followed by restoration of the pavement itself. The city council on Aug. 14 awarded a $168,976 contract to Knife River Corp. […]


Albany and railroads: A new era?

Written June 27th, 2013 by

The legal strife over an Albany rail line lasted about five years, but now the city and two railroads have put it behind them and embarked on an new era of cooperation. At least that was the hope expressed by city officials Wednesday night when the Albany City Council unanimously gave final approval to a new […]


Albany update on railroad deal

Written February 12th, 2013 by

A bit of long-awaited Albany news, with an update below: After seven years of trying, including five years of litigation, the city of Albany and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. have reached agreement on what to do about the railroad track going down the middle of Water Avenue near the Willamette Riverfront. […]

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