Review Photo: Vern Uyetake – Developer Patrick Kessi (right) leads a tour of one of the ground-floor retail spaces in The Windward, a mixed-use development under construction in downtown Lake Oswego. When finished in early 2018, the project’s three buildings will include 200 apartments and 24,000 square feet of commercial space.
After months of speculation, the first five retail tenants for The Windward in downtown Lake Oswego have been announced — an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops that includes some well-known eateries, a woman’s boutique and a new home for a couple of local favorites.
“These Oregon-grown businesses are all appealing and successful because they literally become partners with the individual communities in which they choose to locate,” developer Patrick Kessi told The Review this week. “In partnering with them, the goals we set for The Windward will begin to be met. Economic and environmental sustainability and the vibrancy of downtown Lake Oswego now starts to become an exciting reality.”
All five tenants will move into the ground floor of the mixed-use development when it opens early next year, Kessi said. The list includes:
Salt & Straw Ice Cream, a family-run company founded in Portland in 2011 that is known for taste-provoking, imaginative creations. The company collaborates with local artisans and farmers, actively supports local schools and raises awareness for issues like childhood hunger and equal rights. For years, it staffed an ice cream cart near Millennium Plaza Park;
Bamboo Sushi, which uses sustainable products and local materials where possible to keep money in Oregon and help create stronger local economies. Bamboo Sushi claims to be the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, serving its fish, meats and produce with an eye toward marine stewardship, sustainability and protecting the environment;
Adorn, a women’s boutique with three Portland locations that has offered a freshly curated mix of easy wardrobe staples for every shape and size since 2008. “Our customers truly become our friends,” says owner Nicole Whitesell. “We get to help them dress for every event in their lives, from new jobs to first dates to vacations and special occasions”;
Starcycle, the locally owned indoor cycling studio that has experienced exponential growth since it was founded in 2013 by Dionne Del Carlo and Erin Moone. The business, which started in downtown Lake Oswego, now boasts two studios and four franchises and has plans to expand nationwide. Its 45-minute classes are set to music, with inspiring and approachable instructors in an atmosphere that seeks to empower both body and mind; and
Chuckie Pies, the popular Lake Oswego pizza restaurant, which will relocate from its current space on Fifth Street. The restaurant’s name is a term of endearment used by Chuck Ryan’s mother, and he and wife Lisa Shaw-Ryan say they chose it to symbolize the sense of home and warmth that their businesses — the family also owns Chuck’s Place — have provided in downtown Lake Oswego for 18 years.
“Moving Chuckie Pies to The Windward is a full-circle moment for our family,” Shaw-Ryan says. “Gene Wizer and this community took us into their hearts. Fulfilling our passion while growing our business in this location with so many great memories will be incredibly special for us.”
When it is completed in the first quarter of 2018, The Windward will include 200 residential units, about 42,000 square feet of retail space and 430 parking spaces, of which 135 will be for public parking.
Kessi says the project remains on schedule, with a waiting list for the apartments that now tops 500 names.
Review Photo: Vern Uyetake – The Windward includes a central courtyard and walkways between all three buildings. According to developer Patrick Kessi, 27 percent of the 2.5-acre site will be open space once the project is complete.
The Grand Tour
All three buildings at The Windward still have significant work remaining — particularly on the interiors — but many of the apartments are starting to take shape, including a single unit that has already been finished and furnished in order to serve as a model for prospective renters.
That apartment was part of a guided tour around downtown Lake Oswego last week that focused on the eastside urban renewal district. Members of the League of Oregon Cities took a break from their three-day gathering in Portland to get a firsthand look at the city’s current and upcoming redevelopment projects.
In addition to The Windward, the tour included previews of the future Civic Center, the North Anchor project and a mixed-use facility planned for Third Street and B Avenue, as well as Millennium Plaza Park and Lake View Village.
“The downtown area is basically a 40-year journey of discovery and refinement,” said Lake Oswego Development Project Manager Sidaro Sin, who led one of three tour groups. The other two groups were led by Planning Director Scot Siegel and City Manager Scott Lazenby.
Sin kicked off the tour at City Hall, giving all of the visitors a rundown on the history of the downtown redevelopment district and the vision the City had when the urban renewal area was created 40 years ago: a vibrant downtown that is pedestrian-friendly, has high economic vitality and is able to serve both downtown and the city as a whole.
Throughout the years, Sid told the group, the district has engaged in numerous partnerships with private developers, often as a way to ensure new construction benefits the city by including walking pathways, public parking and other amenities. But the City has also frequently teamed up with existing businesses and property owners to make minor alterations to storefronts and sidewalks, he said, adding more ornamentation or gathering places.
All of the streetscape improvements follow a common design language, Sin said, with an emphasis on wrought iron, brick pavers and seating areas.
“We’re in the business of placemaking,” Sin said. “Making memorable places for people to enjoy and want to come back to.”
Review Photo: Vern Uyetake – A model apartment has been finished and furnished ahead of the rest in order to give visitors a preview of what the interior of The Windward will look like. This one-bedroom unit overlooks First Street and faces Lake View Village.
At The Windward, Kessi and PHK Director of Operations Brett McCoy led each group up to a model apartment, explaining details of the mixed-use project along the way. The developers strove to avoid “cookie-cutter” designs for the 200 apartments that sit above the ground-floor commercial space, McCoy said, so very few feature the exact same floor plan.
“Our idea here was that this would be someone’s home, not an apartment,” Kessi told the group.
The model apartment on the tour was a one-bedroom unit, with kitchen, living and dining areas, a single bathroom and an in-unit washer and dryer. Residential lease rates have not yet been announced, Kessi said, but project officials have previously told The Review that rents will be in the range of $3 a square foot.
Review Photo: Vern Uyetake – Lake Oswego Development Project Manager Sidaro Sin (right) leads visitors from the Oregon League of Cities on a tour of the downtown Urban Renewal Area last week. The Windward (pictured in the background) was the main focus of the tour, but there were also previews of the North Anchor project and a mixed-use building at B Avenue and Third Street.
Along B Avenue
The next destination was the headquarters of 10 Branch, the family-owned company that plans to build a four-story mixed-use facility at the corner of B Avenue and Third Street. Sitting in the company’s current single-story headquarters on the site, developer Jay Haladay outlined his family’s vision for the space.
“We saw there being some service needs in this community that weren’t being met,” he said.
In addition to serving as the headquarters for 10 Branch, the building will also include underground parking, ground-floor retail, office space on the second and third floors, a residential component at the north end of the site and a full-service events center on the top floor with a large rooftop deck.
Further down B Avenue, the tours stopped at the Arts Council office for a presentation by Vanessa Sturgeon, who is spearheading the development of the North Anchor project — a three-building complex between State Street and the alley between First and Second streets.
“Our idea was to do a hotel and apartment project,” Sturgeon said. “After community feedback, we decided to do three buildings (instead of two).”
The boutique hotel portion will include a meeting center on the ground floor facing State Street. Sturgeon said her company opted for that configuration because traditional retail outlets along State Street have struggled due to the high speed of traffic out front.
The hotel will also feature an underground parking garage with an entrance off B Avenue, she said, that will be designed to get traffic off the road quickly.
A common theme for many of the projects on the tour was the high cost of underground parking. Sturgeon said the North Anchor project’s underground stalls could wind up with a price tag of $57,400 apiece.
“It’s very expensive to build underground parking,” she told the group, “but in the long term, we think it’s the right thing to do to keep cars of the roads.”
Lake Oswego Review Editor Gary M. Stein contributed to this story. Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Anthony Macuk at 503-636-1281 ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.