The redevelopment of Block 137, often referred to as the Wizer block, has been a high priority project for the LORA Board for a number of years. The project is included in the East End Redevelopment Plan as Project J, and as such, it is eligible for financial assistance using urban renewal funds. In early 2013, property owner Gene Wizer and his developer, Evergreen Group LLC, approached LORA for financial support for a new mixed-use development on the site. At the Board’s May meeting, Evergreen Group Principal Pat Kessi, presented a concept plan for redeveloping Block 137 that included new residential and retail development consistent with Project J in the East End Plan. Based on the proposal, the Board directed staff to negotiate a draft development agreement for the Board’s consideration.
This private development will provide a mix of uses in three separate buildings including 200 residential units, and 42,891 square feet of commercial space. A new parking garage will include parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be public parking. The City will enter into a parking management agreement with the developer to ensure the public parking is operated and managed for the benefit of the community and the retail tenants. The project also includes an east-west public walkway between First and Second streets.
Block 137 Development - Frequently Asked Questions (11/16/15)
Is this a City project?
No, the redevelopment of Block 137 is a private project. The property is owned by Wizer Properties LLC, which has an agreement with Evergreen Group, LLC, who will be the owner of the project. The project will provide a mix of uses in three separate buildings including 200 residential units, and 42,891 square feet of commercial space. A new parking garage will include parking for 430 cars, of which 135 spaces will be public parking.
How is the City involved?
The redevelopment of Block 137 is a specific project defined in the City’s East End Redevelopment Plan. To help implement this project in the Plan, the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency approved an agreement with Evergreen Group to have the project include improvements that will benefit the broader community. Most notable is the addition of 135 public parking spaces. The project will also include an east-west public walkway through the middle of the block.
The City is also responsible for processing applications for development review, building and street improvement permits. The development review process ensures that the project complies with the City’s Community Development Code. Evergreen Group submitted its development review application in September 2013. The City Council’s decision to approve the project as part of the development review process was affirmed by the Land Use Board of Appeals and is currently under review by the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Applications for the initial building permits were submitted in July 2015 and will be reviewed by the City’s Building Department. The Engineering Department will review the street improvements permit once an application is submitted.
Why is the City re-grading Second Street, and is this part of the Block 137 project?
Second Street between Evergreen Road and A Avenue is a separate project from the Block 137 project. The street is being re-graded to improve the cross-slope and grades. The City has decided to perform this work at this time in order to have the final street grades match the grades that are being constructed as part of the Block 137 project.
How much is the Redevelopment Agency contributing is the toward Block 137 project financing?
The project is being paid for primarily with private financing. The Redevelopment Agency is contributing up to $5,200,000 towards development permits and $749,000 towards construction.
What is the status of the appeal of the City Council’s decision to approve the development?
The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) affirmed the Council’s decision on April 15, 2015. Save Our Village and the Evergreen Neighborhood Association appealed LUBA’s decision on May 11 to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Both the City and the appellants have filed briefs and presented oral arguments on July 15. On August 5, 2015 LUBA affirmed the City Council decision without Opinion. Save Our Village and the Evergreen Neighborhood Association petition to the State of Oregon Supreme Court for review of the decision of the Court of Appeals and LUBA. On November 12, 2015, The Oregon Supreme Court denied the Petition for Review.
When will construction begin?
A schedule for construction will be posted on this website when the Evergreen Group is ready to begin the project.
When will construction be done?
The construction schedule is estimated as (22) months; the overall project duration is (24) months.
How will construction traffic be handled?
The developer is required to submit a traffic control plan to address construction traffic, pedestrian access and vehicle traffic flow, and has already met with the Transportation and Traffic Departments to receive guidance on the plan to be proposed. The City will review the traffic control plan to ensure safety and to minimize traffic congestion around the development site. No traffic control plan has been submitted at this time.
Where can I get more information about the project?
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information on the development, please contact the project hotline:
|Questions Regarding Project Site||Dan Armstrong||(503) email@example.com|
|Questions Regarding Construction||Matt Baker||(503) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|General Comments or Concerns||Elaine Franklin||(503) email@example.com|
|Questions from Media||Elaine Franklin||(503) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial/Retail Leasing||Kathleen Healy||(503) email@example.com|
|Scott Buth||(503) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ashley Heichelbech||(503) email@example.com|
|Residential Leasing||Julie Hoffinger||(503) firstname.lastname@example.org|
For more information about the City’s role and participation in the project, please contact:
Sidaro Sin, Development Project Manager
503-697-7421 or email@example.com
June 2014 Update
On June 2, 2014, the Evergreen Group submitted a revised preliminary application for the Block 137 development to address many of concerns raised during the previous Development Review Commission hearing.
The revised application is comprised of two documents: the revised design narrative and the project drawings. These two documents are posted below under Key Documents. The application was deemed complete on June 30, 2014. For additional information on the land use application, click the link - Land Use Project Page.