Officials break ground on new downtown office building

Work on an office complex to cover a vacant slab of cement next to the Evergreen parking garage on West Main Street got off to a ceremonial start this afternoon.

A groundbreaking ceremony with almost 200 people was held for the 116,599-square-foot office complex being built by three local companies who have joined forces with the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.

"This was a project waiting to happen," Mayor Gary Wheeler said. "It was worth the wait."

Pacific Retirement Services, Procare Software and Rogue Disposal and Recycling will build the $8.3 million, four-story One West Main complex at the corners of West Main, Fir and Eighth streets. After the building shell is completed, the three companies will spend several million dollars more on the interior.

Two other attempts by the city to attract other building projects around the Evergreen garage have failed over the past seven years, frustrating city officials who were trying to discourage blight.

"This is the third go-round," Wheeler said. "I think this one will stick."

He said the downtown is on the verge of a turnaround, pointing to other projects such as the Lithia Motors headquarters and the Jackson County Health Services building, which is under construction.

Adroit Construction of Ashland will mobilize equipment and materials for the One West Main project on July 15, with construction starting on July 22.

Construction should take a little over a year.

— Damian Mann

Read more in the Mail Tribune on Saturday.

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