What is good for the community?
I thought you should know that the parking situation will be overwhelming with a five-story complex.
Something that you should know about. My husband and I purchased a home in downtown Lake Oswego as a young, newly married couple. We only had two cars when we moved in. Now we have four vehicles in our driveway and we only had one child.
Eventually you will need more than 1.41 parking spaces per unit because kids grow up and need their own car and car space. What a mess it will be in just a few short years when young kids have their own cars for work or school and there will be nowhere to park. What about the extra visitor parking for the guests of the tenants and all the functions in Millennium Plaza Park and unforeseen future events?
The picture of the five-story structure looks out of place for our pleasing picturesque town. It does not meet the aesthetics of the neighborhood. It looks out of character with our community. It is a big block of five-story square building that looks out of place because of its number of stories, five. Density looks like it is an issue. Is it a fire hazard because getting quickly and easily in and out of the building/area due to traffic may be an issue, especially during a function in Millennium Plaza Park?
A good long-term question is what is good for the community? What do the people wish? The neighbors that we talk to on our walks are feeling the same way as we do. Some dont write in; however, you should know that there are others that feel the same as we do and yet they dont have the time or understanding or energy to write their thoughts out and email them.
Rose and Calvin Wood
No single compelling reason to permit it
When I first learned of the proposed Wizer block development, I didnt think much of it because it seemed so obvious it would never be approved. Im astonished to learn that it is still under active consideration, considering that there is no single compelling reason to permit it, and any number of reasons that it should never be allowed to happen. Just off the top of my head:
Lake Oswego has done an enviable job of maintaining a character that combines the aesthetics and lifestyle of a village, in the best sense of the word, with the highest per capita income in the state. Does it really need whatever incremental revenue might come with this ill-conceived project? I fear the true cost of this over the long run.
LOHS class of 1962
Help recapture the origin of the most incredible country
I want to profusely thank Doug Oliphant for last Thursdays citizens view, How did we go from Christmas tree to holiday tree?
Thankfully, some still carry the fight forward to remember its purpose. A number of years back, when the city either would not or said they could not light the tree, a private community collection was organized to purchase ornamental lights to continue the longstanding tradition of lighting the Christmas tree.
In support of that effort I, through the company I owned at the time, made a contribution to provide for two of those lights. Sometime later, when the politically correct mayor and, I guess, council, moved from calling it a Christmas tree to a holiday tree, to what now even seems to be referred to as the tree, I progressively thought I should ask for either my money back or give me the two light ornaments I paid for to put on the Christmas tree.
Some, who believe the celebration at this time of year is the birth of Jesus (do I even dare be asking His name be included in my commentary?), feel offended by those who refuse to accept thats what we are doing. Yes, I understand all the poppycock about separation of government and religion, so there is no need to go there from here.
For those 80 or so percent of you who claim to be Christians, I encourage you to speak out and share your opinions and beliefs to help recapture the origin of the most incredible country on this planet. In fact, if you have not been doing so, I encourage you to return to your church, check it out and see if just maybe you might have been missing something special.
John L. Schmidt
Current proposal is a disaster in the making
Please support a plan which follows the original East End development proposal to have a 30- to 70-unit hotel or housing units to complement Blocks 138 and 136.
The current proposal is a disaster in the making. If allowed to proceed, all new development will expect to have five-story buildings, which negatively change the character of downtown.
Ron and Sherry Kuntz
Winter pet safety
The Oregon Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe and healthy during cold weather:
For more tips for winterizing your pet, visit oregonhumane.org/pet_training/winterizing.asp.
Public affairs manager
Oregon Humane Society
Design is too big, too much and way too out of character
I would like to urge every one of those citizens of Lake Oswego who have misgivings, doubts, questions or downright antipathy regarding the present plans for the Wizer expansion to make themselves heard.
Most important is to write a letter to the council and let them know where you stand. You can also display a yard sign or wear a button and encourage your friends to write also.
And though it seems far off, be sure to save the date (presently Jan. 22, but it may change) and attend the all-important meeting of the Lake Oswego Design Review Commission at the public hearing. We must let them know that, while not completely against growth, the general feeling is that this particular design is too big, too much and way too out of character for our town, now and even if it does expand in the future.
More is not necessarily better.
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