The Springs breaks ground on new community in Lake Oswego
City officials and longtime The Springs Living employees gathered last week for a ground-breaking ceremony to officially kick off construction of The Springs at Lake Oswego, a new senior living community in Lake Grove.
Preliminary construction work on the site at Boones Ferry Road and Kruse Way has already been underway for a few weeks, but Springs Living President Fee Stubblefield told the crowd on Oct. 12 that the official ground-breaking ceremony was important to commemorate the scale of the project and all of the work that went into the multi-year planning process.
"It's taken us years to get to this point," he said. "We've all been waiting a long time to see the project that will be built here."
Under overcast skies and occasional rain, Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker joined Stubblefield, Todd Counstruction Inc. President Brent Schafer, Myhre Group Architects' Ray Yancey and Bill and Dottie Schonely to wield golden shovels and turn over the ceremonial first scoops of dirt.
"We're delighted this is happening," Studebaker told the crowd. "This is a fantastic project."
The ceremony was held at the northwest corner of the property, giving attendees a view of the work that has already been done. The site has been cleared of trees and bushes, and a large pit is slowly taking shape to make room for the foundation of a two-story parking garage that will sit beneath the senior living community.
Dump trucks continued to roll by throughout the ceremony, carrying out fresh loads of dirt scooped up by a pair of backhoes in the pit. At the far end of the property, the foundation and bottom levels of a tower crane were visible; the full crane is scheduled to be installed this week.
The Springs Living, Todd Construction and Myhre Group Architects have previously collaborated to build The Springs at Tanasborne in Hillsboro in 2009 and the recently completed Springs at Greer Gardens in Eugene. The planned four-story facility in Lake Oswego will have 216 apartments and five elevators, and planners say it will emphasize communal spaces and activities.
"It's the only developable property on (this side of) Kruse Way," said Project Engineer Chris Shelby. "It's the last piece."
The building is planned to feature a rooftop deck with a covered courtyard, wine bar and fireplace, as well as a lobby-level outdoor courtyard dining area. The interior will feature a formal dining room and kitchen, along with a gym, swimming pool, theater, chapel, art studio and a wellness center with a salon and day spa.
The facility will also include gardening space, a putting green and a dog park.
The community will include independent living apartments, which will range from 630 to 1,447 square feet and come in one-, two- and three-bedroom options; and assisted living apartments, which will range from 427 to 1,144 square feet in one- and two-bedroom configurations. The facility will also include an area called Footsteps Memory Care for residents facing challenges such as Alzheimer's disease.
Despite only existing in planning documents, the project has already won an award for its design: a 2017 Gold Nugget award, which is given to projects that "improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development."
Stubblefield showed the crowd the building's Gold Nugget trophy at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The project has faced a few challenges that lengthened the planning process. For example, two separate property lots were combined to create the 4.6-acre site, and planners discovered that a municipal water pipe ran directly between the two properties — straight through the middle of what will now become The Springs at Lake Oswego. City crews had to undertake a separate project to relocate the pipe before work on The Springs could begin.
Stubblefield addressed the protracted planning time in his speech, but said it didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm for the project.
"I had heard things about Lake Oswego being a difficult place for development," he said, "but this has been a longtime dream."
Todd Construction's David Beavers told The Review that the excavation and grading work will continue for approximately three months, and then crews will begin pouring concrete for the foundation. Construction is expected to take two years, with the goal of opening The Springs to residents in the fall of 2019.
"If we have another winter with weather like last winter, that might slow us down a little," he said. "But right now, (the rain) just makes the dirt softer."