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  • Cherry Creek deal could cut contested project in half

  • A deal may be struck that would cut in half the size of a low-income housing project in east Medford known as Cherry Creek in exchange for a city-owned downtown Medford property.
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  • A deal may be struck that would cut in half the size of a low-income housing project in east Medford known as Cherry Creek in exchange for a city-owned downtown Medford property.
    The proposed agreement seeks to resolve a long-standing dispute between the city of Medford, the Jackson County Housing Authority and neighbors in the Berkeley Way and Spring Street area.
    The City Council will discuss the proposed ordinance at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.
    Under the agreement, the 100-unit Cherry Creek apartments would be reduced to 50 units, with 2.5 acres of Housing Authority land transferred to the city for a park and buffer.
    In exchange, the city would transfer a lot at the corner of Sixth and Grape streets to the Housing Authority for a 30,000-square-foot building that would have retail on the bottom floor and contain 50 units of low-income housing. The property is currently a parking lot behind the Mail Tribune and contains Bonsai Teriyaki and Sushi, which would eventually be razed.
    The Housing Authority will pay the restaurant owner for costs associated with relocation.
    — Damian Mann
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