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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A ground breaking groundbreaking

What if you went to a groundbreaking, 
only to find a hole in the ground?  

The developer and investors of Block 137 may win their case at the State Supreme Court, but if they don't, it could be embarrassing.

Consider this:  After the appellant (Save Our Village) filed its appeal, the respondents (Evergreen Group LLC and the City of Lake Oswego), filed their response.

The appellant's attorney Greg Hathaway read the response, and in an unusual move, he asked the court if he could respond to what he felt were statements that were not true.  In an equally unusual move, the Supreme Court granted his request.  What this all means is not certain, but if there is anything wonky about the developer/city response, it is nice that it won't go unnoticed.

As for the groundbreaking on the 19th... I think I would wait for an all-clear from the court before I started celebrating.  Just in case.

From the Wizer Block developer website:  timeline-lo137.com

                                  SAVE THE DATE! BLOCK 137 GROUNDBREAKING 

                                              When: Monday, October 19, 2015

                                Where: Wizer Block, SE Parking Lot at Roundabout 

                                                          Time: 10:00 a.m.

Join in as the community celebrates the groundbreaking of the first mixed use project to be built in downtown Lake Oswego in thirteen years.

It may look quiet on the Block but there’s lots going on behind the scenes in order to prepare for groundbreaking, deconstruction and demolition. The City is reviewing the last of a mountain of documents. All air quality testing is finished, so we have worked with the City to open up the security fence on “A” Avenue, until we are ready to start the deconstruction phase. That way you can enjoy the Wine Walk this coming Saturday, and the next to the last Farmers Market of the season. Weather forecast for Saturday is sunny and 73 degrees. 

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