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Exterior walls, interior pipes and structural steel add some definition to the mixed-use development



REVIEW PHOTO - Sept. 28, 2016: Prefabricated walls begin to give real definition to Buildings A and C on the Wizer Block in this photo looking southeast from the corner of A Avenue and Second Street.CLIFFORD PAGUIO JR./FOR THE REVIEW - Nov. 1, 2015: Remember this? Here's how the Wizer Block looked less than a year ago as crews began deconstruction work on the 1950s-era brick shopping center.With two of three buildings now “topped out,” workers on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego have begun the task of transforming concrete slabs into something that actually looks like apartments and retail space.

Green prefabricated wall panels now are being installed on the fourth floors of the mixed-use development along both A Avenue and First Street, and framed exteriors are starting to become clearly visible between floors. The panels are being made off-site, trucked in and set in place by two tower cranes.

Structural roof steel is visible, as are the first interior pipes. Steel stairs have been delivered and will soon be set in place. And over the next week or so, the east-west pedestrian walkway between First and Second streets will continue to be formed for a large concrete pour that is now scheduled for Oct. 14.

REVIEW PHOTO - Sept. 28, 2016: Apartments begin to take shape as interior walls are installed on the fourth floor of Building C on the Wizer Block. This photo was taken almost directly over Lake View Village and First Street, looking west.  REVIEW PHOTO - Sept. 28, 2016: Two of three Wizer Block buildings topped out last month; the third will rise along Second Street on the western edge of the downtown development.And of course, work continues on the third Wizer Block building, which is taking shape along Second Street.

Behind the scenes, architectural and mechanical work continues and a variety of finish materials are being chosen. Developer Patrick Kessi says the project remains on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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 last fall, 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. The latest images were taken Sept. 28.

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

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