• Stewart Meadows Village project is back on the table

    Housing and commercial development near golf course goes before Planning Commission Thursday
  • Plans are moving forward for a multimillion dollar housing and commercial complex known as Stewart Meadows Village on 79 acres across from the Walmart on Highway 99.
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  • Plans are moving forward for a multimillion dollar housing and commercial complex known as Stewart Meadows Village on 79 acres across from the Walmart on Highway 99.
    The village, to the east of Stewart Meadows Golf Course between Garfield Street and Stewart Avenue, initially was approved by the city in November 2007 and underwent revisions in 2009.
    Now the project proposed by KOGAP Enterprises will be back before the Medford Planning Commission at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.
    The Planning Commission will consider proposed changes to the plan, mostly involving improving roadways for bikes and pedestrians.
    If KOGAP gains approval, and they get a thumbs-up for other permits, the company plans to start on the project in 2014.
    "Hopefully, we would like to start on it right away," said Jim Maize of Maize and Associates, which is developing the plans for KOGAP.
    The project calls for 190 residential units above offices and retail space and about 480,000 square feet of commercial space. The development would feature 35 acres of open space.
    Maize said most of the initial development would occur on the western portion of the property nearest the golf course.
    He said the timing looks good at the moment to begin the project, particularly in light of all the development taking place in other parts of Medford.
    "It's really encouraging to see so many projects in the downtown," he said.
    The latest revisions to the Stewart Meadows Village plan call for a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that would be built on mostly vacant land west of the railroad tracks that run parallel with Highway 99.
    Hansen Creek, which was routed underground years ago, will be restored and realigned, turning a forgotten stream into an amenity that flows through the heart of the neighborhood.
    "It's not much now — you'd never know the creek was there," Maize said.
    Because the city has already approved the bulk of the project, the Planning Commission will focus on the most recent changes, which received an approval recommendation by the Planning Department.
    The developers plan to complete the project in phases. Hansen Creek and Myers Lane construction would take place in 2014.
    Myers Lane currently runs north and south between Stewart and Garfield. Under the proposal, Myers would curve to the east, and three new streets would curve through the complex, including a roundabout in the center.
    According to a timeline laid out by the developers, some residential development would occur in 2015 and 2017. From 2018 to 2024, other residential, office and retail developments would be undertaken.
    Some of the residential apartments would be built for seniors, including senior cottages. Many of the cottages and apartments would have a view of the golf course to the west.
    If the plan is built out as proposed, many offices and retail stores would be located on the ground floor with residential spaces above.
    The buildings would range in size from one to three stories, and the creek would meander through the various buildings and parking lots.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.
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