"Meet Me Downtown"

Medford gaining $9 million mixed-use building

Daily Journal of Commerce 07/09/2013

OWMHomeA $9 million office and retail complex will be constructed
around three sides of an existing parking structure in
downtown Medford. (Ankrom Moisan)

Construction is scheduled to start in downtown Medford later this month on One West Main, a $9 million, four-story office and retail complex that will wrap around an existing parking structure.

The project, designed by Portland-based Ankrom Moisan Architects Inc., is a combined investment by three Medford companies.

Procare Software, which creates software for child care businesses, will share the 117,000-square-foot building  on the corner of West Main Street and South Fir Street with Pacific Retirement Services Inc., a nonprofit retirement housing provider, and Rogue Disposal and Recycling Inc., Procare Software Vice President Rick Waldron said. Each company will use one floor for corporate offices and together rent out the first story to retail businesses, he said.

Executives from the three companies got to know each other through various civic organizations and decided to collaborate after realizing they had similar space needs, Waldron said. “All three companies, we’re spread out through multiple locations and we’re all looking for one location,” he said.

Ashland-based Adroit Construction Co. Inc. will construct the building around three sides of the four-story Evergreen Parking Garage, Waldron said. The city of Medford owns the parking garage and contributed $2 million in urban renewal money to the project, he said.

City officials built the parking structure about eight years ago with the idea that housing would be added around it, but that fell through, said Tuan Luu, an Ankrom Moisan principal. Then the garage began to leak, he said.

“When we put the building on top we basically eliminate the leaking,” Luu said. “I think the city has been agonizing for eight years. Everybody is excited.”

Procare Software, Pacific Retirement Services and Rogue Disposal and Recycling will host a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at 2:00p.m. on July 12 at the Evergreen Parking Garage.

The project is scheduled to finish by the end of 2014, Waldron said.

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