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Work continues on the Wizer Block development, where apartments are expected to lease 'at market rate'

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 29, 2017: All of the Wizer Block's three buildings are visible in this view looking southwest from the corner of First Street and A Avenue. Note the pedestrian walkway that extends from First Street to Second Street behind Building A and the central courtyard taking shape under the crane at upper left.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.REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 29, 2017: This view looking northwest from the traffic circle at First Street and Evergreen Road shows the progress on Building C, where the development's village character is beginning to emerge.

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.REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 29, 2017: Building B along Second Street still looks more like a construction site than a mixed-use development, but crews are making progress on walls and framing for the roof.

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.REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 29, 2017: Roofers are making slow progress on Building A after a series of winter storms. But as this view looking southeast from A Avenue and Second Street shows, exterior crews are continuing to install sheathing, flashing and windows.

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

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