WIZER BLOCK — Lake Oswego Development Review Commission plans to deliberate on redevelopment plans for the Wizer block on Feb. 19.

The longtime home of Wizer’s Oswego Foods and a longstanding city target for urban renewal, the property is now the proposed location for a new upscale development featuring a mix of retail spaces and high-density rental housing south of A Avenue. If the proposal is approved, the existing shopping center would be demolished and three buildings erected in its place on the block, which sits next to Lake View Village and Millennium Plaza Park as well as townhomes and other redeveloped lots downtown.

The DRC opened a public hearing on the proposal in January and finished hearing oral testimony last week. It is now scheduled to make a tentative decision on the plan at a meeting starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at city hall, 380 A Ave.

FARM STANDS — The Lake Oswego Planning Commission will soon consider new rules allowing farm stands so Parsons Farms, which has long operated a farm stand at the southwest corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive, can continue offering seasonal produce to passers-by.

While Lake Oswego doesn’t technically allow farm stands anywhere, the Parsons stand has been maintained because it existed when the property was brought inside city proper. But with a new property owner and with the new Kruse Village retail complex taking shape, Parsons Farms needs a new home or a change to the community development code to allow it.

The planning commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

BLOOD DRIVE — The city of Lake Oswego will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at city hall, 380 A Ave. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also sign up to donate blood by going online to using the sponsor code “locityhall” or by calling 1-800-733-3767.

NEW VOLUNTEER GROUPS — The city recently recognized two newly established “friends” groups to organize volunteers for two public properties.

Friends of East Waluga Park and Friends of Luscher Farm joined existing groups such as Friends of Tryon Creek State Park, of the Lake Oswego library, of Springbrook Park and of Iron Mountain Park.

POETRY BIKE RIDE CANCELED — As part of Lake Oswego Reads, the community-wide reading program, the city was scheduled to host a bicycle ride Sunday afternoon, starting at the library, 706 Fourth St.

However, because of few signups coupled with forecasts for winter weather, city officials canceled the ride Tuesday.

Police Chief Don Johnson and former Mayor Jack Hoffman were to have led the ride past the home of William Stafford, this year’s Lake Oswego Reads honoree, and along River Road to Foothills Park.

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