Transforming the Wizer Block
Brickwork on chimneys and shingles on the uniquely angled roofs are starting to give some "village character" to the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego, where recent breaks in the rain have allowed crews to make significant progress in recent weeks.
A walk along First Street shows the biggest changes. Roofers will continue to add shingles through mid-April and brickwork will continue north from the corner nearest Millennium Plaza Park. Inside, where the fourth floor is now almost dry, crews are framing interior walls; elevator installers are just about done with their work and will move to the building on A Avenue next.
Along A Avenue, roofers are making slow progress on the work that is perhaps most affected by the weather. Exterior crews continue to install sheathing, flashing and windows; inside, workers are framing the ceilings and soffits in the future apartments.
The building along Second Street still looks more like a construction site than an actual mixed-use building, but progress is being made here too. Wall panels and framing for the sloped roof are being installed now; steel columns and beams are up next.
Because of what seemed like a nonstop series of winter storms, developer Patrick Kessi says he now expects the project's first residents to begin moving into their new abodes in the first quarter of 2018. When it is completed, the mixed-use development will include 200 residential units, almost 43,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking.
Kessi says that a waiting list for the apartments contains more than 300 names. A recent letter from PHK Development Inc. to prospective tenants says pricing hasn't been finalized, adding that residences have been "designed to lease at market rate."
"In Lake Oswego there really is nothing similar," the letter from PHK's Julie Hoffinger says, "but we expect the residences will be leasing at prices comparable to other new buildings with a similar construction type and underground parking, such as the newer high-end buildings being introduced in downtown Portland and the Pearl District.
Since construction began in earnest in late 2015, The Review has been using drone photography to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block's transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops. These images were taken March 29.
The Review will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project's progress. Watch for the images on facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of the newspaper.
— The Review