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...
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Wizer Block 137 Chosen by the Lake Oswego Review as Top Story in 2015

From the Lake Oswego Review Online 12/30/15.  Written by Gary M. Stein.  See full article here. Nothing had as much of an impact on the community in 2015 as the Wizer Block, which sits atop The Lake Oswego Review’s list of the Top 10 stories of the year. 1. Older and Wizer KESSI In 2014,...

Lake Oswego businessman, philanthropist Gene Wizer dies

Jillian Daley, Anthony Macuk, Cliff Newell and Barb Randall contributed to this story.  Originally published in the Lake Oswego Review 12/17/15 Businessman and philanthropist Gene Wizer, whose impact on Lake Oswego extended from his beloved grocery stores to his deep involvement with the...

Transforming the Wizer Block

Originally published online by the Lake Oswego Review – 11/12/15 Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio’s latest drone photos show dramatic progress over the past week CLIFFORD PAGUIO/FOR THE REVIEW – Nov. 9, 2015: Looking north and west from the corner of First Street and...

Documenting the Wizer Block’s transformation

Published on the Lake Oswego Review website 10/29/2015 With deconstruction and demolition now underway, The Review is partnering with Lake Oswego photographer Clifford Paguio to produce a visual record of the Wizer Block’s transformation from 1950s-era shopping center to a mixed-use...

Kessi, Wizer, city sign off on closing documents for development of Block 137

Written by Saundra Sorenson .  Originally published in the Lake Oswego Review 10/22/15. It’s official. Developer Patrick Kessi, property owner Gene Wizer and representatives for the city signed closing documents this week on Block 137, clearing the way for the first mixed-use development to be...