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City OKs KOGAP redevelopment plan

KOGAP Manufacturing Co. can move ahead with its redevelopment plan afterwinning approval from the Medford City Council.

Under the plan, KOGAP's former mill site would become a mix of lightindustrial and commercial space.

The council Thursday unanimously approved the company's proposal to changethe land-use designation on 94.5 acres on the southwest corner of StewartAvenue and South Pacific Highway, next to Myers Lane.

KOGAP's mill, which processed timber into plywood and veneer, closedin 1991. The company built Stewart Meadows Golf Course, which opened in1994 on land west of the mill site.

Part of the area KOGAP wants to redevelop already has a golf drivingrange, which the company built two years ago on 12 acres east of Myers Lane.

The council approved changing the land-use designation on the 94.5-acreparcel from heavy industrial and urban residential to general industrial,commercial and urban residential. The driving range covers the portion thatis designated as urban residential.

Thursday's change is the first step in creating the development. Thenext step is zone changes.

Mike Montero of KOGAP said the company doesn't know when it will moveahead with a zoning proposal.

In order to win a zone change, the company would have to prove that theexisting road system would accommodate additional traffic generated by itsredevelopment plan. At this time, Montero said the company would not beable to do that.

According to city planners, a proposed road plan would offset the addedtraffic created by KOGAP's redevelopment.

State transportation officials have been considering a plan that wouldcreate an east-west arterial connecting Garfield Street from South HollyStreet west of Interstate 5 to Barnett Road at its intersection with HighlandDrive east of I-5.

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