As David Johnson looked out on the flowing Willamette River from the third floor of the Wheelhouse, he admitted his timing may have been off.
Urban renewal districts are about increasing property values through eliminating blight. For some URDs, like the three in Lebanon, job creation is the No. 1 focus.
The Jolly Motel had a bad reputation. The ramshackle address offered rent by the week and had a rotating cast of residents fresh from prison. Not surprisingly, flashing police lights added to the ambience as officers dealt with burglaries, narcotics crimes and assaults.
Eighteen years ago, Albany’s downtown was aging and many business owners were struggling financially.
LEBANON — Although a variety of projects are allowed under the umbrella of urban renewal, the city of Lebanon’s three districts have had a laser-like focus on one thing: the creation of new jobs.
As of June 30, 2012, the city owed $111 million for projects, including the water and wastewater treatment facilities and road improvements
What are they and how do they work?
Albany voters will decide the fate of two initiatives (22-116 and 22-117) on March 12. These measures will have serious negative effects on the city’s ability to provide economic development and jobs.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories taking a closer look at issues related to two initiative measures on the March ballot in Albany. Both measures would put power in the hands of the voters that currently resides with the city council. Our goal is to explain the measures …