An office complex designed to transform a long-vacant lot around a downtown Meford parking garage is one step closer.

An office complex designed to transform a long-vacant lot around a downtown Meford parking garage is one step closer.

Plans developed by Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects of Portland have been submitted for the $9 million, four-story One West Main office and retail complex surrounding the Evergreen parking structure.

An agreement between Pacific Retirement Services, Rogue Disposal and Recycling and Procare Software was announced in October. Bid requests went out last month to seven construction firms, including Adroit Construction, Batzer Construction, R.A. Murphy Construction, and S&B James Construction.

The 117,000-square-foot building, just west of the railroad tracks, bound by West Main, South Fir and West Eighth streets will begin an expected 60-day journey through the planning process, starting with a historical review.

"By getting the plans in and the proposals requests out at the same time, it puts us on a parallel path so when the city gets through its process we won't be delayed by having to put out proposal requests," said Gary Penning, government affairs director for Rogue Disposal.

Rick Waldron, vice president of Procare Software anticipated completion in the summer of 2014.

Ankrom Moisan architect Tuan Q. Luu said the wrap-around structure will be composed of brick masses, each intended to reduce the scale of the building along the street's edge.

"This combined with textured metal panels and vertical windows help to give One West Main a pedestrian-friendly appearance," Luu said in a prepared statement released today. "The taller brick mass at the corner of West Main helps to serve as a gateway to the downtown core, including county buildings, Alba Park, and the new health services complex."

Rogue Disposal will occupy much of the 15,000-square-foot top floor, PRS will move into the 30,000-square-foot third floor, while Procare Software will take up half of the 30,000-square-foot second floor. The building will front on Main Street with the corner of Main and South Fir being preserved as a prime retail location.

"Our goal, especially on the ground floor is to add to downtown activity," Waldron said. "Whether it becomes retail or a restaurant that attracts people, that's what we need more of."

— Greg Stiles

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