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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PIZZA, SUSHI & ICE CREAM!

Tour of downtown Lake Oswego includes a stop at The Windward, where five businesses have signed the first retail leases


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.

Someone’s Home

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 amacuk@lakeoswegoreview.com.

 

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Lake Oswego Wizer Block is now ‘The Windward’

Article by Pamplin Media GroupOriginally publish online at The Lake Oswego Review 6/8/17.  

Mixed-use development’s new name reflects it prime location next to Oswego Lake


The Windward's logo is designed to signify decades of water-related activities that helped define Lake Oswego.

The Windward’s logo is designed to signify decades of water-related activities that helped define Lake Oswego.

For years, it’s been known as the Wizer Block. Officially, it’s called Block 137. And now the mixed-use development rising at the corner of First Street and A Avenue in downtown Lake Oswego has a new name: The Windward.

That’s the word this week from developer Patrick Kessi, who says the new name was chosen because the property sits above Oswego Lake and offers dramatic views of Lakewood Bay and Mount Hood. The development’s logo signifies decades of water-related activities that helped define the city, he said.

“I am proud of the part The Windward will play in helping this community shape its future,” Kessi told The Review. “This project is a timeless mixed-use development, which not only is environmentally sustainable but also will attract to the core of LO a cross-section of people who will help continue to make Lake Oswego vibrant and economically progressive.”

The Windward is composed of three buildings inspired by complementary architectural styles: English Tudor on First Street, Arts and Crafts on Second Street and Oregon Rustic on A Avenue. It’s the first mixed-use development to be built in downtown Lake Oswego in more than 17 years.

When it is completed, the $100 million development will include 200 apartments, 42,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be for public parking.

Leasing is scheduled to begin in late summer, with residents expected to begin moving in during the first quarter of 2018. For leasing updates, go to www.livethewindward.com. For construction progress, go to www.timeline-lo137.com or www.facebook.com/TimelineLO137.

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WHAT GOES UP…

Written by Anthony Macuk.  Originally published online Wednesday, 24 May 2017 by the Lake Oswego Review. 

With the vertical stage of construction all but done, crews remove the tallest of two Wizer Block cranes in downtown Lake Oswego


REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - An 'assist crane' holds up the counter-jib of the Wizer Block's 212-foot-tall tower crane while crews work to disconnect it Tuesday. The vertical tower and its cab were the last pieces to be removed.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – An ‘assist crane’ holds up the counter-jib of the Wizer Block’s 212-foot-tall tower crane while crews work to disconnect it Tuesday. The vertical tower and its cab were the last pieces to be removed.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Crews spent Monday assembling an 'assist crane' in front of Peet's Coffee on First Street in Lake Oswego and part of Wednesday taking it apart again. In between, they removed the 212-foot-tall tower crane that had stood at First Street and A Avenue for months.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – Crews spent Monday assembling an ‘assist crane’ in front of Peet’s Coffee on First Street in Lake Oswego and part of Wednesday taking it apart again. In between, they removed the 212-foot-tall tower crane that had stood at First Street and A Avenue for months.

Crews spent most of Tuesday dismantling the tallest of two tower cranes on the Wizer Block construction site in downtown Lake Oswego.

A mobile “assist crane” was set up on First Street on Monday, clearing the way for the removal of the 212-foot-tall crane that has towered over the mixed use project at First Street and A Avenue for months.

The process began with the removal of the counterweights behind the cab, followed by the main “jib” arm of the crane. At around 10:30 a.m., crews lowered the counter-jib arm, leaving only the tower portion and its empty cab jutting toward the sky.

“They can do these things in a day, typically,” Project Manager Matt Baker said Tuesday morning, and he was right: the vertical tower came down piece by piece throughout the afternoon.

The dismantled crane was the second of two that were installed on the site, but Baker said it came down first because it was used primarily to service the building along A Avenue, which has now topped out. The remaining 171-foot crane at the Wizer Block’s southwest corner serves more of a general-purpose roll, and it will remain in place until this fall.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Workers prepare the tower portion of the Wizer Block crane for dismantling Tuesday afternoon. It was the last part of the 212-foot-tall structure to come down.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE – Workers prepare the tower portion of the Wizer Block crane for dismantling Tuesday afternoon. It was the last part of the 212-foot-tall structure to come down.

“The (other) one serves most of the rest of the site due to its reach,” Baker said. “It covers two of the buildings and the courtyard, and it takes all our deliveries on Second Street.”

Both lanes of First Street were closed during the dismantling process, although the south end of the street remained open for access from Evergreen Road into Lake View Village. Drivers were forced to follow detour signs posted along A Avenue to alternate routes in the downtown area.

That was expected to change on Wednesday, though; First Street was scheduled to reopen once workers finished disassembling the “assist crane” and trucked it away.

Meanwhile, work continues inside and outside the Wizer Block’s three buildings. Roofers, framers, masons, elevator installers and other craftsmen all are onsite, and developer Patrick Kessi says he now expects the Wizer Block’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.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Anthony Macuk at 503-636-1281 ext. 108 or amacuk@lakeoswegoreview.com.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - The main jib arm of the Wizer Block's 212-foot-tall tower crane was disassembled in segments that were then loaded in pairs onto a series of trucks parked on First Street.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – The main jib arm of the Wizer Block’s 212-foot-tall tower crane was disassembled in segments that were then loaded in pairs onto a series of trucks parked on First Street.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Once the counter-jib was lowered to the street, it was disassembled into smaller pieces that were then stacked on a truck for removal.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – Once the counter-jib was lowered to the street, it was disassembled into smaller pieces that were then stacked on a truck for removal.

REVIEW PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN  - Before it was dismantled, the 212-foot-tall crane that towered over the Wizer Block's northeast corner offered stunning views of downtown, Oswego Lake and beyond.
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A TALL TALE

Article by Anthony Macuk.  Originally publish online at The Lake Oswego Review 5/11/17.  

Lake Oswego’s Wizer Block construction project is about to hit another milestone: the removal of one of the two tall cranes that tower over the mixed-use development. But before that happens later this month, developer Patrick Kessi invited two groups of City officials and other dignitaries to climb one of the cranes for a scenic view of downtown.

On Tuesday afternoon, the two groups climbed to the top of the 171-foot-tall crane in the center of the site. Technically, it’s the shorter of the two — the other crane is 212 feet tall — but for the intrepid group of climbers, 171 feet was plenty.

The climb took about six minutes per person and about 12 minutes for an entire group to reach the top, because only one person was allowed on each section of ladder at a time. After taking a few minutes to enjoy the views, each group got to hang on while the crane operator performed a 360-degree spin. The rotation speed might have seemed quite fast when viewed from the ground, but for the climbers at the top near the center, it was a steady and gentle ride.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Lake Oswego Assistant Fire Chief Dave Morris was among the folks who made the climb Tuesday up a 171-foot-tall crane at the Wizer Block, along with City Plans Examiner Elizabeth Bunga, Assistant City Manager Megan Phelan and City Structural Inspector George Harper.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – Lake Oswego Assistant Fire Chief Dave Morris was among the folks who made the climb Tuesday up a 171-foot-tall crane at the Wizer Block, along with City Plans Examiner Elizabeth Bunga, Assistant City Manager Megan Phelan and City Structural Inspector George Harper.

The taller crane at the corner of A Avenue and First Street is scheduled to be removed in a multi-day process that will begin on Monday, May 22. Both lanes of First Street will be closed May 22-24, but the south end of the street will remain open to give visitors access to the Lake View Village parking garage via Evergreen Road. Flaggers will be present during the day to direct traffic, and the street will remain closed overnight.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 24, unless high winds or other inclement weather slow the process down. In any case, officials said any extension of the street closures will not last beyond Friday, May 26.

“This is another important and exciting milestone on Block 137,” Kessi said on Tuesday. “The ‘going vertical’ stage is done. Now it’s on to the exterior facade work, which will give the buildings their texture and character, and the inside detail finishes which will produce high quality residences.”

When it’s completed in early 2018, the Wizer Block 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 contains more than 300 names.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Anthony Macuk at 503-636-1281 ext. 108 or amacuk@lakeoswegoreview.com.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Heres the view from inside the crane operator's cab. Participants in Tuesday's ascent had to climb through the cab to reach the platform on top.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK – Heres the view from inside the crane operator’s cab. Participants in Tuesday’s ascent had to climb through the cab to reach the platform on top.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - The 171-foot-tall crane extends down through the building at the southwestern corner of the Wizer Block, all the way to the ground beneath the underground garage.
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It’s all Steel and Concrete

Written by Anthony Macuk.  Originally published in the Lake Oswego Review – 6/30/16.

“In a nutshell, we dug a gigantic hole, shored it, and now we’re bringing it back up.”

That’s how Ryan Browne, one of two project superintendents, describes the last eight months of construction on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego. Redevelopment of the area at the corner of First Street and A Avenue — known officially as Block 137 — is scheduled to be completed in late 2017 and will add three new mixed-use buildings on the site.

The new buildings will provide just under 43,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level and 200 apartments above. A two-floor garage will sit under the buildings, providing 430 parking spaces, of which 135 will be for public parking.

At the moment, only one of the three new buildings has risen high enough to be seen from behind the black-cloth fencing that surrounds the site. The most visible parts of the development are still the two 171-foot-tall tower cranes that stand above the block. But down at the garage level in the middle of the worksite, all three buildings have begun to take shape.

“We’re really just in this phase of structure work,” says Browne, who works for Lease Crutcher Lewis, the project’s general contractor, “where it’s all steel and concrete.”

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A construction worker helps assemble the temporary platform that will hold up the concrete for the second floor while it hardens.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE – A construction worker helps assemble the temporary platform that will hold up the concrete for the second floor while it hardens.

Buildings A and C, located along the east side of the block and in its southwest corner respectively, will share a two-story underground parking garage. The garage floors are still under construction for building A, but crews have already finished the garage levels and ground floor of building C and are currently preparing to pour concrete for the structure’s second floor.

That’s the most visible part of the structure to see from outside the site — the metal poles and platform on the east side of the block are the formwork that will allow crews to pour the concrete for the second floor. Once the concrete hardens, the formwork can be pulled out and the floor will stand on the main support columns.

“It’s 28 days for full strength on concrete,” says Browne.

The wait time is long, but the actual pouring process takes just a few hours for each of the three sections of one of the building’s floors. The wet concrete is pumped from trucks at the edge of the site to a green crane arm with a hose attached. The upcoming concrete pour for the 21,000-square-foot second floor of building C will require approximately 18 cement trucks.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: ALVARO FONTAN - From the air, you can see all three footprints of the buildings going up in the Wizer block.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: ALVARO FONTAN – From the air, you can see all three footprints of the buildings going up in the Wizer block.

Browne says the project has been proceeding without any major challenges, although he says the team did run into some large rocky material when digging out the site. The project impact was minimal, but the area requires a bit more backfill now than what was originally anticipated.

“We had an abundance of large boulders on site,” he says. “We expected some, but we found a lot. A couple of them were the size of a small Fiat or a Volkswagen.”

Lake Oswego endured a particularly wet and rainy winter season this year, but Browne says the rain didn’t have a huge impact on the pace of construction — although it did mean the crew had to deal with a lot of mud. At this stage of the project, Browne says, lightning or high wind conditions tend to be more of a problem than rain, because they can force the crew to shut down the tower cranes.

“Rain, especially in Oregon, you work through,” he says.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: ALVARO FONTAN - An aerial drone takes a bird's eye view of the Wizer block.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: ALVARO FONTAN – An aerial drone takes a bird’s eye view of the Wizer block.

Still, all of the extraction work was completed by the end of 2015 and the crew switched from digging to building at the beginning of January. Browne says the concrete work is about 25 percent complete, and the project is about a third of the way into its overall timeline.

“We’re in the structure phase of the project,” he says. “Then we put on a roof and start (exterior walls).”

In the immediate future, Browne says residents can expect to see numerous cement mixer trucks entering and leaving the site as the crews continue to pour concrete. Once the crews move on to building the roof and walls, there will also be scaffolding around the perimeter of the site.

“There’s a logistical challenge here just based on the amount of traffic and pedestrians — we’ve got a city on all four sides of us that’s continuing to operate,” he says. “We’re always doing our best to try to be a good neighbor.”

Those efforts include trying to stick to the designated work hours and scheduling trucks and other deliveries to avoid blocking traffic, and Browne says public feedback shows that residents appreciate the effort. He says the team knows that the project was a large source of controversy when it was still in the planning stages, so the positive reception during construction is a relief.

“We’ve had some complaints, but the feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive,” he says. “There were some concerns about how much pushback we’d get, (so) it’s rewarding for us, and the guys like the hear it too.”

Contact Anthony Mack.  

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