A developer of senior communities is proposing to build a 52,688-square-foot assisted living facility on East Main Street between Geneva Street and Crater Lake Avenue.
The craftsman-style, three-building project replaces a design that included a sky bridge connecting to a Frank Clark-designed house west of the property. The historical commission rejected that plan a year ago.
Developer Alex Jauregui submitted the new plan for the 1.53-acre property at 815 E. Main St. designed by Medford architect David Evans, president and partner of Ron Grimes Architects.
The project is set to go before the Medford Land Development Committee in Room 151 of the Lausmann Annex adjacent to City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. That meeting will be primarily for city staff to consider the matter with the developer.
A staff report is due out a week before the Feb. 15 Site Plan and Architectural Commission review.
"What made it controversial in the last round were the changes proposed to the historic house," said Kelly Akin, a senior planner for the city.
This application does not include the historic house at all. They plan to do some demolition and remodel work ending with three buildings — two connected and a third one independent. There are four (building) footprints now and it will be reduced to three."
The Jauregui family acquired the property for $1 million in 1997, according to county records.
A third-floor veranda facing East Main and a covered passageway would connect two of the buildings. The 67-bed center would include beauty salons, theaters, recreation and craft areas, "with a lot of common spaces and activity rooms," Evans said.
Jauregui did not return a phone message on Thursday.
Homeowners in the adjacent Geneva-Minnesota District objected to the first assisted living center plan. Before that, they objected to a methadone clinic at the site.
The Site Plan and Architectural Committee will make its determination based on compatibility with surrounding uses and whether the project complies with code standards, Akins said.
"Compatibility is a very interesting criteria, because it includes appearance, scale, design and how it functions," Akins said. "It's a bit of challenge because it's subjective."
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