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New parking spots prized

The rumor making the rounds in downtown Medford has United States Cellular taking one-half of the parking spaces in the city's new parking garage.

That would really be unfair to the downtown merchants, said Claudia Mosier of Boulangerie Rue de Main at 237 E. Main St. I like the idea that they're downtown, but we gave up 196 parking spaces on the lot where they're building the garage. If half of those go to U.S. Cellular, we're four spaces ahead.

Fear not, says Mike Weber, administrative assistant at the Medford Urban Renewal Agency. The spaces haven't been allocated and when they are, U.S. Cellular is in line with everyone else.

The three-level, $4.7 million structure will provide 375 to 385 spaces, depending on how they're arranged, he explains. (Past Mail Tribune stories indicate there were 168 spaces in the former surface lot, south of Sixth Street at Riverside.)

About 280 spaces on the top two levels will be leased, leaving about 100 spaces for customer parking on the ground floor.

We've sent out letters to everyone who had leased space in that lot and in others that have been converted to customer parking,'' he said. They get the first shot at the new spaces.

After the agency counts up those commitments, it will proceed with leasing on the balance of the spaces.

There are a lot of demands for the space, he explained. When the structure was designed, we didn't have U.S. Cellular or Rogue Community College downtown. Those are two big tenants.