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Windward one of five Golden Nugget finalists; Respond to Racism sets next meeting

PHOTO COURTESY OF LEASE CRUTCHER LEWIS - Residents and retailers have started moving in to The Windward in downtown Lake Oswego. This aerial view looks northwest from the corner of Second Street and Evergreen Road.

Windward one of five Golden Nugget finalists

The Windward development in downtown Lake Oswego is one of five national finalists for a Golden Nugget award for best mixed-use projects.

The award recognizes projects that improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development. The Windward has already been named an Award of Merit winner in the 2018 contest, which drew more than 600 entries from builders, developers, architects and land-use planners around the world.

"These Merit Award Winners reflect our industry's best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers," said Lisa Parrish, who chaired the judging committee for the 55th-annual contest. The Grand Award winner will be chosen on June 28 in San Francisco.

Patrick Kessi, The Windward's developer, said the residents and retailers who are now moving into The Windward — including Salt & Straw, Bamboo Sushi, Chuckie Pies and others — are creating a new vibrancy in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, and that his goal of a project that would help define the community's future is quickly becoming realized.

The mixed-use project at the corner of First Street and A Avenue includes 200 apartments, about 43,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces are for public parking.

"Being named a finalist in this international competition is indeed an honor, but equally rewarding is becoming part of the fabric of Lake Oswego," Kessi said. "I thank Oswegans for embracing The Windward. You worked with our team, you were unafraid of change and you allowed us to connect with you and your surroundings. We are proud to be part of your future."

Respond to Racism sets next meeting

Organizers of Respond to Racism, a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, have announced that they will hold the next in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, June 4.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in July in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident in Lake Oswego. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor, which led her to Poinsette. The women then decided to invite the entire community to join them for a series of monthly meetings that have already attracted hundreds of people.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to

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