Big politics, big money, big apartments

Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 01:00 | Written by Tom Grigg

It is interesting to read that former Sen. Bob Packwood has decided to toss his hat into the ring on the Wizer proposal for Block 137. For Mr. Packwood to throw his political weight around in a town dispute, where he doesn’t even live, seems disingenuous.

Could the reason for his recent commentary be because his wife, Elaine Franklin, has been hired by developer Pat Kessi to persuade the community that a massive complex housing more than 300 residents in our designated retail core is an excellent match for our town square? The political spin team, spearheaded by Franklin, has stepped away from what is most significant.

Preserving Lake Oswego’s unique village character of small-scale structures is at stake. There is nothing small scale about the three proposed massive buildings. Each is close in length to the size of a football field. The Wizer Block is designated as our compact shopping district, one of four blocks that were planned as the city’s retail core. A project that is 87-percent residential apartments with 13-percent retail is not consistent with the city’s vision.

Citizens are well aware of what is at risk from outside voices proclaiming what is best for Lake Oswego. Most of the general public won’t be swayed by paid lobbyists or an out-of-town developer, none of whom have a stake in the livability of our town.

If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing. I am confident citizens who live here will stand strong in honoring our codes that took decades of planning.

Tom Grigg
Lake Oswego

Article originally posted with the Lake Review @ http://www.pamplinmedia.com/lor/49-opinion/233979-97780-readers-letters

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