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TRANSFORMING THE WIZER BLOCK

The latest drone photos from Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio Jr. show dramatic progress on the mixed-use project


CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - Feb. 7, 2016: Excavation work continues on the Wizer Block in this photo, which looks north and west from the corner of First Street and Evergreen Road.With construction well underway, The Review is partnering with Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio Jr. 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 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.”CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - Feb. 7, 2016: Crews were expected to begin pouring concrete footings for the 290,000-square-foot Wizer Block development this week. In this photo, taken with a  DJI Phantom Vision Plus quadcopter, Millennium Plaza Park is at the bottom, A Avenue at the top.

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.CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - Nov. 5, 2015: Here's what the Wizer Block looked like just three months ago, when construction crews began to tear down the 1950s-era shopping center in downtown Lake Oswego. The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Paguio will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project’s 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.

— The Review