Wizer to Windward: almost done
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.
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.
"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 http://www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview, at http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com and in the pages of the newspaper.