Transforming the Wizer Block

Work continues inside and out at The Windward, a new mixed-use development in downtown Lake Oswego

Article by Pamplin Media Group.

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN – Oct. 27, 2017: Work continues inside the central courtyard of The Windward in this photo looking southeast from the corner of A Avenue and Second Street. 

Crews are expected to wrap up construction of a new sidewalk along the A Avenue side of The Windward on Friday — good news for downtown motorists who’ve had to squeak past the mixed-use project for a couple of weeks.

Another sign that the development is working its way toward completion: Project officials are talking to restoration experts now about how to mount the Wizer Block’s historic tile murals near the entrance to public parking, and to the Arts Council about selecting the pieces that will be placed along pedestrian walkways.

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN – Oct. 27, 2017: The Windward’s pedestrian walkway between First and Second streets is visible in the lower right-hand corner of a photo taken from above Lake View Village. 

Those details are just the latest phase of a project that has been underway since late 2015. When it is completed in the first quarter of 2018, The Windward will include 200 residential units, almost 42,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking.

Crews continue to work inside the project’s three buildings, where apartments and retail spaces are taking shape; cabinets, countertops, flooring, doors and hardware were all scheduled for installation this week, and painting is also underway.

And outside?

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN – Oct. 27, 2017: Both lanes of eastbound A Avenue (bottom left) were expected to be open by the end of the week after crews finished work on a new sidewalk. This photo looks southeast from the corner of A Avenue and Second Street. 

“Downspouts, gutters, balcony rails and steel canopies may not seem terribly exciting,” says project spokeswoman Elaine Franklin, “but to the teams working on the exterior of The Windward, they are a sign of great progress!”

Although pricing information has not yet been released, developer Patrick Kessi says a waiting list for The Windward’s apartments contains more than 500 names. Watch for leasing information soon at livethewindward.com, he says.

Since construction began, The Review has been using drone photography to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block’s transformation from a 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use development with homes, offices and shops. These images were taken Oct. 27. Watch for new images every month on www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at www.lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of the newspaper.

— The Review

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The Windward adds a barber shop to the mix in Lake Oswego

Longtime LO business becomes the sixth to sign a retail lease in the new downtown mixed-use development

Article by Pamplin Media Group.

 

Country Square Barber Shop will move from its longtime home on Second Street and become the Richard Henry Barber Company when it re-locates to The Windward in downtown Lake Oswego next year.

The traditional barber shop has been in Lake Oswego for nearly 60 years. Its new name honors owner Tyler Atkinson’s great-great-grandfather, who fought in the Civil War and homesteaded in Eastern Montana.

Atkinson, a Lake Oswego native, and business partner Jeramie Lund say their shop works with more than 1,500 clients every month — “a humbling and fulfilling way to spend one’s working hours.”

“Being at The Windward will allow us to grow and do so much more of what we enjoy: treating customers like family and giving meticulous, quality service through our community-oriented brand,” they say.

Richard Henry Barber Company is the sixth retail tenant announced by developer Patrick Kessi for The Windward, a mixed-use development that will include 200 apartments and about 42,000 square feet of retail space when it is completed in early 2018. Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Bamboo Sushi, Chuckie Pies, StarCycle and Adorn have also signed leases.

— The Review

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