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Windward named top urban renewal project; Moonstruck acquires Alma Chocolate; LO Chamber networking

Windward named top urban renewal project

The Oregon Economic Development Association recognized The Windward as the top Urban Renewal Project of 2018 this week at its annual convention in Klamath Falls.

The OEDA, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to diversify and expand Oregon's economy, said the mixed-use development has catalyzed redevelopment in the city and revitalized Lake Oswego's downtown core.

"We wanted to build a project that would become an integral long-term component of the city's urban design fabric and a re-energized heart of downtown Lake Oswego," developer Patrick Kessi told The Review. "We already see measurable results. Increased pedestrian and retail vibrancy and busy indoor and outdoor restaurant spaces help give our project its life."

Since opening earlier this year at the corner of A Avenue and First Street, The Windward has attracted a variety of shops and restaurants, including Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Chuckie Pies, Adorn, StarCycle and the Richard Henry Barber Company. Bamboo Sushi is scheduled to open this fall.

In addition to 200 new apartment homes, the development offers 43,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces are for public parking.

"The Windward has put Lake Oswego on the map as an attractive redevelopment opportunity and has created a strong momentum for future development," Mayor Kent Studebaker said this week.

In addition to The Windward, the 48,000-square-foot Beacon Lake Oswego project, which will include a rooftop event center, is under construction at Third Street and B Avenue; a new City Hall is expected to break ground in 2019, with room for ground-floor retail; and the North Anchor project along B Avenue, featuring a boutique hotel, is in the development phase.

Moonstruck acquires Alma Chocolate

Moonstruck Chocolate Company, a handcrafted gourmet chocolate maker with its headquarters in St. Johns, has acquired fellow chocolatier Alma Chocolate.

"As a local chocolatier with deep roots in Portland and our community, the match with Moonstruck feels fortuitous," said Sarah Hart of Alma Chocolate. "As I make my exit from the company, I am happy to know that Alma will be in the care of another independent, family-owned business which has the capacity to help the brand realize its full potential."

Experiencing the challenge to scale, Alma says it sought out the perfect confectioner who could both grow the company while honoring the quality and brand. In Moonstruck Chocolate, they found a fellow local chocolatier that shares their passion for the artisanal and a love of high-quality chocolate.

"Moonstruck Chocolate is proud to be a part of the Portland chocolate community," said Moonstruck Chocolate's CEO, Russell Sneddon. "We're honored to carry on the vision of Alma and look forward to continuing this great Portland brand that Sarah and her team have created."

The majority of Alma employees have been hired by Moonstruck and will continue to serve Alma's customers. Alma Chocolate can be found at the flagship store at 140 NE 28th St. in Portland, online at www.almachocolate.com and through wholesale business partners.

LO Chamber networking

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce networking session on Oct. 12 will be hosted by New Vibe Training at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego, starting at 8 a.m.

Networking will meet Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Hayden's Lakefront Grill, 8187 S.W. Tualatin Sherwood Road, in Tualatin. This is a joint event with the Tualatin Chamber.

— The Review

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