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Combined lot would sport mixed-use structure

KDA Homes of Ashland wants to build a two-story building of more than 22,000 square feet with office space, light manufacturing, or warehouse space on the ground floor and 10 two-bedroom condominiums on the second in the seven-lot Falcon Heights Subdivision.

The request to combine two lots at 449 and 459 Russell St. and allow the building entrance to be more than 20 feet from the street right-of-way comes before the Ashland Planning Commission at its regular meeting set to run from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the City Council Chambers at 1175 E. Main Street.

The site is at the corner of Rogue Place and Russell Street, across the street from the former Ashland Railroad Yard, a vacant 20-acre parcel owned by Union Pacific that sits north of railroad tracks, across from Railroad Park.

If approved, the building as proposed would consist of 22,469 square feet. The ground floor will be dedicated to a mix of office and light manufacturing space and the second floor will be dedicated to the residential units ranging in size from 814 to square 1,094 feet.

The proposal includes recommendation to modify the original subdivision approval by combining the two lots into one. The entrances on Russell Street are placed more than 20 feet back from the road, so an outdoor plaza space has been requested for the space between the entrance and the road. An exception to the site development and design standards is included in the application for the proposed plaza because of the distance.

The only non-residential neighbors in that area are few and not very close by, such as Fly Water Travel Agency, Mederi Center, a medical research foundation and FlowJo, a data analysis software company.

Artists conception by KDA HomesA proposed 22,000-square-foot, two-story building at 449 and 459 Russell street would have commercial use on the ground floor and condos on the second.