Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:00 | Written by Carol and Bob Mason
We have lived in Lake Oswego for a little over two years, and during that time we have come to make regular use of the wonderful retail and restaurant resources in the heart of downtown. We strongly oppose the current proposed development of the Wizer Block.
We do not oppose a development of the block that would contain retail shops and restaurants and perhaps a very small, limited number of apartments or condominiums. It does not take an understanding of the city code to recognize that First and Second streets and A Avenue could not support the number of proposed apartments. Current traffic is already a challenge.
We are disappointed that this matter could not have been put to a vote by all the citizens of Lake Oswego. It affects every resident who likes to frequent the heart of downtown, not just the nearby neighborhoods. Instead of drawing residents to the center of town, the traffic that would ensue from the apartment density would cause many to avoid the downtown area. The scale is massive and there is no way that moving vans, delivery trucks and apartment owners’ cars would not cause gridlock.
We request that the City Council please withhold approval of this plan and not permit high-density apartments to be included in any future proposal.
Carol and Bob Mason
Article originally posted with the Lake Review @ http://188.8.131.52/lor/49-opinion/234857-99166-readers-letters