(The following is an open letter to members of the Lake Oswego City Council):

Dear council members:

I won’t be able to attend the meeting regarding the Wizer property development so I wanted to write my concerns.

I know a lot has been said about parking, excessive number of apartments, traffic, etc. I know that each of you is aware of the public concerns.

My feeling is that these meetings are a formality, that it seems to a lot of people that the decision has already been made. Most Lake Oswego citizens don’t want the Wizer plan to go through as it stands. As I listen to people, there is really only one concern that I see as underlying all of the obvious issues. This is the quality of life as we now know it will be transformed and changed into a place unlike what all of us here enjoy.

Most people would agree, yes, put in shops, restaurants, stores and a few condos, but to build over 200 apartments will ruin our style of life that we are so blessed to enjoy. You may not agree that this building will not have this level of impact. If that is so, then the burden of proof should be on you to prove to us in some way that our small-town life style will not change. I don’t think it is our job to convince the council that it will.

You have the opportunity to go down in the history books as saving our small town for future generations.

One last thought. Have you considered how many residents might move out of Lake Oswego due to overcrowding and the loss of life as we know it? That concerns me. We are somewhat selfish, I guess, to want to keep our treasured life as it is, with some growth and some improvements, but not massive change.

I hope you will consider my words and know that they represent others who also feel this way.

Thank you for your consideration.

Susan Von Tobel is a resident of Lake Oswego.

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