Lake Grove preps for major roadwork, development
It seems like just about everywhere you turn in Lake Oswego these days, there's a new development or infrastructure project underway.
"We're seeing the fruit of things that were planted long ago," said Sid Sin, redevelopment manager for the City of Lake Oswego.
While the east end has already seen much of the City's plan come to fruition — and will even further benefit from the planned redevelopment of City Hall, the North Anchor building and the new Haladay project Beacon at Third Street and B Avenue — the west end and Lake Grove district haven't seen nearly as much investment.
But that's beginning to change with the approaching $36 million Boones Ferry Road rebuild project expected to commence this June. According to Sin, the Boones Ferry project aims to slow things down in Lake Grove, bringing heightened safety and a sense of place to a location that has long been disjointed and hard to navigate by foot.
With more than two million square feet of class-A office space less than a half mile away along Kruse Way, the Mercantile Village development and completion of The Springs expansion project, Lake Grove is set to become the village center its stakeholders long dreamt it would be.
Business owners, residents and community leaders in the Lake Grove district have waited nearly 20 years to see their vision come to light through multiple different plans and committees at work. They hope that what some consider an underserved portion of the city will become a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly business district with a village aesthetic and feel, much like that of Lake Oswego's downtown.
Two of the most prominent stakeholders in the Lake Grove area are local business owners Riccardo Spaccarelli and Mike Buck.
"We're on an arterial (road), but we're trying to be a village center. How do you become a village center with a four-lane highway (in the middle)?" Buck said. "That's why we did this design with the medians to make it more hospitable and mitigate some of the negative impacts like traffic with 20,000 cars per day, trucks, and all that it brings."
For Spaccarelli and Buck, the Boones Ferry project is both a blessing and a curse. While the two business owners have fared well despite Boones Ferry Road being a less-than-welcoming environment for pedestrian activity, they see how much better things could be with widened sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, lighting, greenscape, public art, benches and everything that else comes with the redesign.
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The Lake Oswego City Council recently unanimously approved a construction contract of just under $21.5 million with Wildish Standard Paving Company of Eugene for the Boones Ferry Road reconstruction project.
Aesthetically, the street will receive a major face lift with new, safer sidewalks with street trees, lighting, street furniture and landscaping.
The project will install three new signalized intersections with pedestrian crosswalks at Madrona Street, the McDonald's driveway and Lanewood Street as well as two new mid-block pedestrian crosswalks, landscaped medians with left turn lane improvements, new 5-foot-wide bike lanes on both sides of the street, expanded sidewalk areas, new stormwater treatment planters to improve water quality and overhead utilities relocated underground.
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