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‘What is good for the community?’

I thought you should know that the parking situation will be overwhelming with a five-story complex.

Something that you should know about. My husband and I purchased a home in downtown Lake Oswego as a young, newly married couple. We only had two cars when we moved in. Now we have four vehicles in our driveway and we only had one child.

Eventually you will need more than 1.41 parking spaces per unit because kids grow up and need their own car and car space. What a mess it will be in just a few short years when young kids have their own cars for work or school and there will be nowhere to park. What about the extra visitor parking for the guests of the tenants and all the functions in Millennium Plaza Park and unforeseen future events?

The picture of the five-story structure looks out of place for our pleasing picturesque town. It does not meet the aesthetics of the neighborhood. It looks out of character with our community. It is a big block of five-story square building that looks out of place because of its number of stories, five. Density looks like it is an issue. Is it a fire hazard because getting quickly and easily in and out of the building/area due to traffic may be an issue, especially during a function in Millennium Plaza Park?

A good long-term question is what is good for the community? What do the people wish? The neighbors that we talk to on our walks are feeling the same way as we do. Some don’t write in; however, you should know that there are others that feel the same as we do and yet they don’t have the time or understanding or energy to write their thoughts out and email them.

Rose and Calvin Wood

Lake Oswego

‘No single compelling reason to permit it’

When I first learned of the proposed Wizer block development, I didn’t think much of it because it seemed so obvious it would never be approved. I’m astonished to learn that it is still under active consideration, considering that there is no single compelling reason to permit it, and any number of reasons that it should never be allowed to happen. Just off the top of my head:

  • It is an egregious violation of the city code
  • The concept of “mixed use” under which it was originally proposed is a sham. It is simply a matter of shoe-horning a maximum number of residences into an area that has traditionally been part of the unique and charming retail character of central Lake Oswego.

  • The requirement that this development must complement the adjacent neighborhood blocks has been entirely disregarded. There is no complementarity here. It is simply stuffing more people into the area.
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  • I’ve seen no evidence that the impact on local services has been adequately addressed. The parking issue alone should be a deal killer.
  • On an admittedly subjective note, this project is aesthetically unattractive. The architectural design is cheap, cookie-cutter and a target for obsolescence in not that many years. For a project of this scale, it is unworthy of Lake Oswego.

  • The notion that $6 million of public funds could be allotted to this project is adding insult to injury. 

    Lake Oswego has done an enviable job of maintaining a character that combines the aesthetics and lifestyle of a village, in the best sense of the word, with the highest per capita income in the state. Does it really need whatever incremental revenue might come with this ill-conceived project? I fear the true cost of this over the long run.

    Randall Stickrod

    LOHS class of 1962

    Portland

    ‘Help recapture the origin of the most incredible country’

    I want to profusely thank Doug Oliphant for last Thursday’s citizen’s view, “How did we go from Christmas tree to holiday tree?”

    Thankfully, some still carry the fight forward to remember its purpose. A number of years back, when the city either would not or said they could not light the tree, a private community collection was organized to purchase ornamental lights to continue the longstanding tradition of lighting the Christmas tree.

    In support of that effort I, through the company I owned at the time, made a contribution to provide for two of those lights. Sometime later, when the “politically correct” mayor and, I guess, council, moved from calling it a Christmas tree to a holiday tree, to what now even seems to be referred to as “the tree,” I progressively thought I should ask for either my money back or give me the two light ornaments I paid for to put on the Christmas tree.

    Some, who believe the celebration at this time of year is the birth of Jesus (do I even dare be asking His name be included in my commentary?), feel offended by those who refuse to accept that’s what we are doing. Yes, I understand all the poppycock about separation of government and religion, so there is no need to go there from here.

    For those 80 or so percent of you who claim to be Christians, I encourage you to speak out and share your opinions and beliefs to help recapture the origin of the most incredible country on this planet. In fact, if you have not been doing so, I encourage you to return to your church, check it out and see if just maybe you might have been missing something special.

    Merry Christmas.

    John L. Schmidt

    Lake Oswego

    ‘Current proposal is a disaster in the making’

    Please support a plan which follows the original East End development proposal to have a 30- to 70-unit hotel or housing units to complement Blocks 138 and 136.

    The current proposal is a disaster in the making. If allowed to proceed, all new development will expect to have five-story buildings, which negatively change the character of downtown.

    Ron and Sherry Kuntz

    Lake Oswego

    Winter pet safety

    The Oregon Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe and healthy during cold weather:

  • Bring pets indoors when temperatures reach 30 degrees with or without wind chill.
  • Wipe your pet’s paws clean after walks — chemicals used to melt ice and snow on sidewalks can irritate pets’ paws and can be dangerous if ingested.
  • Indoor pets get less exercise in the cold months, so feed them less.
  • An outdoor dog needs a dry, elevated shelter with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out.
  • Consider adding a dog door to the garage, and then place a soft cushion in the warmest corner of the garage for your dog.
  • Make sure drinking water is not frozen. Check bowls periodically throughout the day. Even in cold weather, pets need water.
  • Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
  • Give outdoor pets more food. Outdoor pets need calories to produce body heat.
  • Make sure a cat hasn’t crawled under your car seeking warmth near the engine. Slap the car hood before starting the engine to startle any animal sleeping there.
  • After a walk, check your pet’s paws for bleeding or cuts from snow or encrusted ice.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather.
  • A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the pet to freeze to death.

    For more tips for “winterizing” your pet, visit oregonhumane.org/pet_training/winterizing.asp.

    David Lytle

    Public affairs manager

    Oregon Humane Society

    ‘Design is too big, too much and way too out of character’

    I would like to urge every one of those citizens of Lake Oswego who have misgivings, doubts, questions or downright antipathy regarding the present plans for the Wizer expansion to make themselves heard.

    Most important is to write a letter to the council and let them know where you stand. You can also display a yard sign or wear a button and encourage your friends to write also.

    And though it seems far off, be sure to save the date (presently Jan. 22, but it may change) and attend the all-important meeting of the Lake Oswego Design Review Commission at the public hearing. We must let them know that, while not completely against growth, the general feeling is that this particular design is too big, too much and way too out of character for our town, now and even if it does expand in the future.

    More is not necessarily better.

    Chloe Scott

    Lake Oswego



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