At the latest Lake Oswego Development Review Commission meeting, the developer made several more requests for exceptions. Those requests include the following:

1. Residential uses on the ground floor on Evergreen Street and Second Street 

2. Fifth floor units on portions of all three buildings

3. Reduction in the amount of storefront glazing of the commercial space  

4. Building the retail parking entrance on First Street

5. The use of shared private/public parking provided on sight

Although it is not clear what impact ground-floor residential use would have on the area, what exactly does this mean? Now the developer wants fifth floor units in all three buildings — does this mean more apartments? Reduction in the amount of storefront glazing — less glass and more stonework, or siding, more walls to look at adding to the high-rise feel? Retail parking entrance on First Street — this would be an absolute disaster as there is currently restaurant seating along First Street and a retail parking entrance would mean delivery trucks with exhaust and noise not to mention safety issues for the pedestrian traffic.

Yes, I am definitely against the current plan as proposed, but I am not against redevelopment of Block 137. Our downtown area has a nice feel to it now, but 228 units is not infill, it is ridiculous.

Compare 228 housing units with other city blocks. It is way out of proportion and in a part of the city that is already fighting traffic congestion problems. Allowing this project to proceed as planned will be a huge mistake and approximately 70 percent of the citizens of Lake Oswego feel the same.

Gene Wizer and the developer know our citizens don’t want this project and I’m sure they can come up with a better plan. Who will be the next developer requesting to build another high-rise with 200 to 300 more housing units in the downtown area? And the beat goes on and on and on.

Rick Moulton is a Lake Oswego resident.

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