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It's official: Lausmann Center opens

Building's first step in redeveloping at KOGAP

The Lausmann Business Center -- the new home of KOGAP Enterprises Inc. -- officially opens its doors today.

The two-story office building is the first step at redeveloping the old KOGAP mill site, the 95-acre site on the southwest corner of Stewart Avenue and South Pacific Highway, said Mike Montero, KOGAP development director.

Over the next 10 years, we hope to redevelop it into a classy mixed-use industrial park for light industrial and commercial businesses, Montero said.

He said that KOGAP still needs to work through zoning issues and traffic problems in south Medford.

KOGAP, owned by Mayor Jerry Lausmann, was a mill in Medford that processed timber into plywood and veneer for decades. The mill closed in 1991. The company's name stands for Keep Oregon Green and Productive.

Lausmann said that KOGAP diversified and has branched into several types of business, including real estate, golf, timber and construction. The company built Stewart Meadows Golf Course, which opened in 1994 on land west of the mill site.

As part of the diversification, KOGAP built the new center at 115 Stewart Ave. The two-story building totals 14,000 square feet. Construction on the center began last December, Lausmann said. KOGAP moved in after it was completed in July.

Besides KOGAP, two businesses have moved into the center -- Barrett Business Services, a temporary employment agency, and Rogue Dental.

Lausmann said KOGAP is still looking for a tenant for a 2,850-square-foot portion of the building.

The original KOGAP headquarters was at 2080 S. Pacific Highway. Lausmann said that building was constructed as a one-office building and KOGAP added onto the building as the business expanded.

KOGAP officials decided to build a new headquarters because of a city of Medford plan to create an east-west arterial connecting Garfield Street to Highway 99.

Lausmann, who already had a city annex named after him earlier this year, said this building is named after his father, the founder of KOGAP.