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  • Green light on office building imminent

    Building Dept. official says One West Main could get permits in next few weeks
  • A long-awaited downtown office building that will transform the Medford skyline is on the verge of getting the green light for construction.
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  • A long-awaited downtown office building that will transform the Medford skyline is on the verge of getting the green light for construction.
    Three companies behind the One West Main project have applied for building permits for a 116,599-square-foot office complex surrounding the Evergreen parking garage.
    "They could get their permits in just a couple of weeks," said Chris Reising, director of the city Building Department. "It shouldn't go past four weeks."
    Pacific Retirement Services, Procare Software and Rogue Disposal and Recycling have joined forces to build the $8.3 million, four-story complex at the corners of West Main, Fir and Eighth streets.
    The building will wrap around three sides of the Evergreen parking garage, built at a cost of $10.2 million in 2006. A concrete slab that was installed when the garage was built will provide the foundation for the new building, which is a partnership between the three local companies and the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.
    "Things are moving along," said Garry Penning, spokesman for Rogue Disposal. "We're looking at a mid- to late-June start date."
    Penning said since the concrete slab is already in place, the building shell should take shape fairly quickly.
    Penning said everything is ready for Adroit Construction of Ashland to begin construction as soon as the permits are approved.
    Construction will take about a year, with completion scheduled for summer 2014.
    Designed by Ankrom Moisan architect Tuan Q. Luu, the exterior of the building will be brick and glass.
    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 businesses will also spend several million dollars on the inside of the corporate complex after the exterior work is completed.
    The building will front on Main Street with retail shops on the ground floor.
    The urban renewal agency will contribute $2 million as an incentive toward the building.
    As part of the agreement, MURA will set aside 200 spaces for the three companies in the Evergreen parking garage, which is currently not heavily used. The companies will also lease 100 spaces at $10 a month for each space.
    City officials have long sought a building around the Evergreen garage.
    A proposal for a six-story retail, office and residential project known as the Winetrout Building was shelved in 2002 over legal issues.
    In 2005, plans were announced for a public-private partnership on the site, with a residential and retail complex.
    The parking structure was completed in 2006, but by 2008 the Bella Vita project was dead, primarily over disputes around prevailing wage issues. With the economy sputtering, the developer pulled out.
    Dick Gordon, chairman of MURA, said it has taken a lot of coordination to pull off the project. The three corporations involved had to create a separate corporation for the purposes of the construction project, he said.
    So far no major issues have come up for either MURA or city planners, Gordon said.
    "As far as I know, everything with the city is almost done," he said.
    The project will be a boost to downtown, bringing three corporations and about 200 employees into the city center, Gordon said.
    "It's going to be a big project," he said.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email dmann@mailtribune.com.
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