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Burrills develop business park

Mail Tribune/Jim Craven

Project adds to Crater center

The construction just keeps on coming along Highway 62 in Medford.

Burrill Real Estate is developing a massive business park behind Crater Lake Plaza that company officials say will eventually cover 20 acres with office buildings.

When completed, Crater Lake Business Center will stretch from Southern Oregon Health Club south to a small retail center built last year along Lear Way.

Early work began this week on the first portion of the center — a cluster of six lots directly across Lear Way from the back of Walmart, say developers Curt Burrill and Mike Burrill Jr.

Three new streets and other infrastructure will be built over the next few months and construction on the first buildings is scheduled to begin in October.

The Burrills say the business park is a perfect fit for the area, which has developed rapidly in recent years, mentioning not only the retail center but the health club and nearby coffee shop.

It's a high traffic area, Curt Burrill says, You haven't had the opportunity for small office spaces.

The first set of buildings will cover some 24,000 square feet and the entire complex — depending on how it shakes out — could offer 200,000-250,000 square feet.

Of the first six buildings, only two have occupants so far.

State Farm Insurance agent Rory Wold has purchased a .47-acre lot and plans to build a 4,500-square foot office building, moving his business there from Crater Lake Avenue.

Wold says he was looking for a high-traffic location that he could own rather than lease.

This gets almost as much traffic as Crater Lake Avenue, he says.

The other definite occupants are Burrill Real Estate and Burrill Resources.

Aside from Wold's lot, Burrill Real Estate plans to keep ownership of at least four of the other five initial lots and lease the buildings.

For the entire complex, about a third of the lots have either been sold or spoken for. InTransit, a transportation brokerage firm, has purchased three lots. Company officials could not be reached to discuss their plans.

The business park will have a uniform landscape and building requirements, much like a residential subdivision. Curt Burrill says the park is intended to have a campus-like feel with building designs, color schemes and landscaping that blends together.

The center will also feature direct fiber-optic connections to ensure that the latest technology infrastructure is available.

We designed these to handle whatever new technology comes along, Mike Burrill Jr. says. Whatever they need, we are going to be able to provide.

The development includes three streets, which will be deeded to the city.

Excel Drive will parallel Lear Way. The Delta Waters extension will be five lanes (two in each direction and a turning lane) and will curve toward the airport. Eventually, that street could be tied into a tunnel beneath the runway that has been discussed by state transportation officials. The third street, Aero Way, will connect Lear Way to Excel Drive.

Work began this week on a business park Burrill Real Estate is building behind Crater Lake Plaza. The park one day will cover 20 acres.