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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Developers fight to redevelop

Developer still fighting to redevelop old Wizer building

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In a matter of days, the fate of Lake Oswego’s Wizer Block may be decided. The longtime battle to re-develop the area downtown turned into a showdown Monday between the developer and city council members.

In July, the [Development Review] commission denied the plan, in part, because it doesn’t fit the downtown design plan. However, Kessi said his recent revisions resemble the village-style along with fewer apartments and more retail space. Still, the scaled-down plan doesn’t appease one neighborhood association.

“They can do some residential, maybe 35 – 40 units would be fine,” said Jim Boland with the LO Neighborhood Action Committee. “But [the plan] should flip. It should be about 80% retail.”
The $93-million design is four-stories with 207 apartments that Kessi told the crowd meets the city’s standards, but the commission changed the standards.

In an email to KOIN 6 News Tuesday, Tim Swearingen of Save Our Village, the organization opposed to the plan, said they encourage redevelopment in the area.

“We do not welcome the over-development of the Wizer block into a high-density apartment complex that will change the character of Lake Oswego forever,” Swearingen wrote.

The council could make its decision Wednesday that would affirm, overturn or send the plan back to the commission for more discussion.


Developer still fighting to redevelop old Wizer building

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