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Transforming the Wizer Block

CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - May 30, 2016: Concrete structures continue to rise on the Wizer Block in this photo looking northeast from the corner of Second Street and Evergreen Road. The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - May 30, 2016: Two tower cranes dominate the skyline in downtown Lake Oswego. This photo looks north from Millennium Plaza Park.Concrete structures continue to rise from the ground as work progresses on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego.

Crews are now finishing the last few areas of excavation for concrete footings at the southwest corner of the site and pouring decks as they work south along the east side of the block. In the next couple of weeks, structural gravel will be added in preparation for pouring the lower-level parking slab under what will become Building A on the project’s north side.

CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - March 10, 2016: Here's how the Wizer Block looked less than three months ago in a photo looking northwest from the corner of First Street and Evergreen Road.“Also in the next few weeks, we will be doing a tie-in connection to the storm-drain system in the street,” says project spokeswoman Elaine Franklin. “As always, we will give a heads-up” when traffic needs to be re-routed.

Since construction began in earnest last fall, Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio Jr. 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 Monday.

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