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Transforming the Wizer Block

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All three buildings continue to take shape at the Wizer Block, despite rainy weather

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 10, 2017: Despite what feels like nonstop rain, workers continue to install roofing, sheathing and flashing on Building A in this photo looking southeast from A Avenue and Second Street. Despite Mother Nature's best efforts, crews continue to work inside and outside the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego — including a full complement of roofers who have perhaps been most affected by the steady winter rain that has given them only one completely dry day in the past couple of weeks.

Along A Avenue, those roofers have managed to finish applying black asphalt atop Building A and are scheduled to begin working on the flame-retardant, UV-absorbing membrane. Other teams are installing sheathing and flashing and then will move on to windows in the next few weeks.

Just a few roofing details are left to finish on Building C along First Street before crews start installing shingles. Windows are being installed, and even some brickwork is underway on walls and chimneys. Inside, crews are framing walls and working on laying out where the lights, sprinklers and grilles will eventually be located. Elevator installers are working on their part of the project, too.REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 10, 2017: Building C along First Street feels the most complete at this point. Inside, crews are already framing walls and working on laying out the where the lights, sprinklers and grilles will eventually be located. Even the building's elevator is now being installed.

Building B along Second Street will lose its framework and shoring in the next few weeks, now that the major concrete pours are done. Walls, roof panels and the sloped-roof steel will be placed next.

Because of the winter storms, developer Patrick Kessi says he now expects the project's first residents to begin moving into their new abodes in the first quarter of 2018. When it is completed, the mixed-use development will include 200 residential units, almost 43,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking.

Kessi says that a waiting list for the apartments now contains more than 300 names.REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 10, 2017: Now that the concrete pours are done, Building B on Second Street is starting to take shape. Walls, roof panels and the sloped-roof steel will be placed next.

Since construction began in earnest in late 2015, The Review has been using drone photography to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block's transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops. These images were taken March 10.

The Review will return monthly to the Wizer Block to record the project's progress. Watch for the images on www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at www.lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of the newspaper.

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - March 10, 2017: A close-up look at the Wizer Blocks Building A along A Avenue shows the progress crews have made on a mixed-use project that will include 200 apartments and 43,000 square feet of retail space when it's done.