TRANSFORMING THE WIZER BLOCK
The latest drone photos from Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio Jr. show dramatic progress on the mixed-use project
With construction well underway, The Review is partnering with Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio Jr. to produce a visual record of the Wizer Blocks transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops.
The images above were taken Sunday.
Excavation of the site at the corner of First Street and A Avenue is nearly complete, according to project spokeswoman Elaine Franklin, who said Monday that we have our building permit in hand and the real structural work begins in earnest this week.
We are at the bottom on the south side and putting in the structural backfill, she said. Re-bar has been delivered, and we will start digging the footings. You will see a few concrete trucks, but most of them will arrive next week. The trucks will pour between 20-50 yards each day.
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.
Paguio, a certified nursing assistant and longtime landscape photographer, took up drone photography three years ago as a hobby to show people different angles and perspectives of the landscape. The DJI Phantom Vision Plus quadcopter he uses captures high-definition, 1080p videos and 14-megapixel stills; its stabilization technology produces stunningly clear, sharp images and smooth, graceful moving shots.
Paguio will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the projects progress in still photos and on video. Watch for them on facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of The Review.
His latest video is also available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI7RcUcxIh0.