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Nine property owners including St. Mary’s Church and the Albany Regional Museum have asked the downtown urban renewal agency for money.

The requests total about $32,000 and are on the Wednesday agenda of the advisory board of CARA, the Central Albany Revitalization Agency. The board meets at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

If approved, the money would be allocated under the agency’s small-grant program, intended to help downtown owners upgrade their buildings.

The Albany Regional Museum is asking for $5,000 to help pay for a new fabric awning over the entrance and removing an old awning on Second Avenue.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church wants $5,000 toward the cost of making the Train House at 706 Ellsworth St. S.W., which it purchased, accessible for the disabled.

Other requesters, and the amounts they asked for:

• Forrest Johnson, $5,000 toward upgrading an old house at 225 Calapooia St. S.W.

• Shannon Kearns, $2,250 toward replacing an awning at 436 First Ave. S.E.

• Hedie Manske, $2,115 toward enhancing the exterior at 1100 Pacific Blvd. S.E.

• Mike McLain, $1,000 toward replacing awnings at 120-130 Ferry St. S.W.

• John and Deborah Orr, $1,800 toward removing an old awning at 225 Broadalbin St. S.W.

• Russel and Pam Shaw, $4,856 toward reroofing an awning and doing other work at 233-243 Third Ave. S.W.

• Montie and Wendy Torgeson, $5,000 toward painting and other work at 222 Washington St. S.W.

The downtown renewal agency uses borrowed money to assist public and private improvement projects within the urban renewal district the city council created in 2001. Then it repays the funds from property taxes it receives on the difference in assessed property value between 2001 and now.

The district does not increase property taxes, but the amounts it receives — about $1.4 million next budget year — are deducted from the agencies that would otherwise get them, including the city, Linn County, Linn-Benton Community College and the Albany schools.



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