We are a grassroots organization. We welcome support and encourage redevelopment in Lake Oswego that preserves and complements our quality of life and the character of our picturesque downtown in scale and design. We do not welcome the over-development of the Wizer block into a high-density apartment complex that will change the character of Lake Oswego forever.
We are not “worriers” who fear change and oppose growth. We are opposed to the mass, height, scale and design of the modernistic and unauthentic designs of the Wizer proposal, The proposed buildings are four stories. The Wizer proposal would bring 207 stark, repetitious apartments to the heart of downtown without enough commercial/retail space nor parking. Despite previous assurances, a Dec. 3 memorandum from the developer states that no condominiums are planned: “At this point, the residences will be 100 percent for rent” with ability to change in the future.
- FACT: On August 21, 2014 the City of Lake Oswego’s Development Review Commission rejected the proposed Wizer/Kessi development for Block 137, because it was too massive in scale and out of step with LO’s village-feel character.
- FACT: The Block 137 plan does not uphold L.O.’s Urban Design or East End Redevelopment plans and does not meet development code.
- FACT: The size of these high-density, planned apartment complex is larger than a football field and is out of step with the current design of downtown Lake Oswego and the shops and restaurants adjacent to Block 137, such as the popular Lake View Village.
- FACT: 92% of local residents who wrote letters to the Development Review Commission OPPOSE this project!
- FACT: “Lake Oswego style” is Arts and Crafts, Oregon Rustic and Tudor. W&K Development style is a modern block style architecture. Google “W&K Development Current Projects” to view their portfolio; their architects also are known for modern design.
- FACT: This is a Portland-driven urban project supported by project staff who live in Portland, developers and architects from Portland (W&K Development), a Portland attorney-consultant hired previously to advance the Foothills/streetcar project and some re-emerged supporters of the high-density 90-foot Foothills proposal.
- FACT: The Evergreen Neighborhood Association voted to reject W&K’s redevelopment proposal. The Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition (LONAC) voted to support the Evergreen Neighborhood Association’s “NO” position on the Wizer W&K five-story complex. Save Our Village supports the ENA and LONAC in opposing the current W&K proposal.
- FACT: Mayor Studebaker pledged: “Redevelopment, growth and zoning should preserve and enhance the character of Lake Oswego … (the) city should not confuse wise development with increased density in our neighborhoods.” We believe the mayor, city council slate and design review commission should honor their commitments to serve the citizens of Lake Oswego. We believe the city should NOT make exceptions to the city’s code sought by this developer. Making these exceptions will not preserve or enhance the character of Lake Oswego but will instead bring high-density to the heart of our downtown and increased traffic.
- FACT: The city is contributing $5.5 million to this project (LORA money). LORA money comes from a loan to the city. The increased property taxes of $680,000 will NOT benefit taxing districts until between 2030 and 2044. LORA debt will be paid before the city will reap the tax benefits.
- FACT: Save Our Village is committed to responsible change and growth. We ask for complementary design that enhances and preserves our small-scale downtown per the community development code. We are committed to working with developers who respect our codes, preserve our architectural roots and our quality of life. Save Our Village relies solely on volunteers. We accept donations from concerned citizens to help with attorney fees, mailings, etc.