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Transforming the Wizer Block

Concrete work dominates the site in downtown Lake Oswego after the arrival of a second 171-foot-tall tower crane


REVIEW PHOTO - April 24, 2016: Two tower cranes dominate the Wizer Block construction site in this photo looking southeast from the corner of Second Street and A Avenue.REVIEW PHOTO - April 24, 2016: Two concrete slabs for the lower level of the two-level underground parking garage have already been poured. This photo looks southwest from the corner of First Street and A AvenueDelivering, prepping, decking, forming and pouring are the key words this week as work continues on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego.

Two 171-foot-tall tower cranes are now in place, and concrete work is currently the biggest activity at the site. That’s expected to continue for about two months, according to project spokeswoman Elaine Franklin.

Two concrete slabs for the lower level of the two-level underground parking have been poured so far, and the first elevated, post-tensioned deck pour was scheduled for this week. Vertical concrete work also was expected to continue, with deliveries throughout the week of concrete deck forms and rebar.

CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - March 10, 2016: Here's how the Wizer Block looked less than two months ago in a photo looking northwest from the corner of First Street and Evergreen Road.Since construction began in earnest last fall, 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. The latest images were taken Sunday.

When it is completed in late 2017, 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.

The Review will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project’s progress. Watch for the images on www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at www.lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of The Review.

— The Review

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