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Ceremony marks a construction milestone for two of the Lake Oswego project's three buildings



REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Workers connect the ceremonial final beam to a tower crane so it can be lifted into place Friday during a 'topping out' celebration on the Wizer Block.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Developer Patrick Kessi addresses the workers, architects, engineers, financers, city officials and others who gathered for the 'topping out' ceremony on Friday. Kessi said last week that a waiting list for apartments in the mixed-use development now contains more than 300 names. Less than a year ago, the original Wizer’s building was still standing on Block 137 in downtown Lake Oswego; the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment project was still a month away.

But workers have powered through the rain, mud and heat, and on Friday, they held a topping-out ceremony for two of the mixed-use development's three buildings — just 11 months after the project broke ground.

“We’ve topped out the concrete," Project Manager Matt Baker told a crowd of construction workers and city officials who gathered Friday on the ground floor of Building C, which lines First Street. "But there’s a lot more to do.”

When it is complete in the fourth quarter of 2017, the rebuilt Wizer Block will feature 200 apartments, about 43,000 square feet of retail space and parking spaces for 430 cars. The inner structural skeletons of the buildings on First Street and A Avenue have now reached their full height, and the building on Second Street is scheduled to do so by the end of the year.



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