Transforming the Wizer Block
Despite Mother Nature's best efforts, crews continue to work inside and outside the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego — including a full complement of roofers who have perhaps been most affected by the steady winter rain that has given them only one completely dry day in the past couple of weeks.
Along A Avenue, those roofers have managed to finish applying black asphalt atop Building A and are scheduled to begin working on the flame-retardant, UV-absorbing membrane. Other teams are installing sheathing and flashing and then will move on to windows in the next few weeks.
Just a few roofing details are left to finish on Building C along First Street before crews start installing shingles. Windows are being installed, and even some brickwork is underway on walls and chimneys. Inside, crews are framing walls and working on laying out where the lights, sprinklers and grilles will eventually be located. Elevator installers are working on their part of the project, too.
Building B along Second Street will lose its framework and shoring in the next few weeks, now that the major concrete pours are done. Walls, roof panels and the sloped-roof steel will be placed next.
Because of the winter storms, developer Patrick Kessi says he now expects the project's first residents to begin moving into their new abodes in the first quarter of 2018. When it is completed, the mixed-use development will include 200 residential units, almost 43,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking.
Kessi says that a waiting list for the apartments now contains more than 300 names.
Since construction began in earnest in late 2015, The Review has been using drone photography to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block's transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops. These images were taken March 10.
The Review will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project's progress. Watch for the images on www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at www.lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of the newspaper.
— The Review