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Development will be ringed with exercise path

I know I'm not the only one who is very curious about the new building on the corner of Stewart Avenue and Highway 99. What's the reason it is being built so close to the railroad tracks and the street corner? I've heard it is Providence property, and what will the building be used for? Being so close to the railroad tracks really bothers me. While you're at it, what about the rest of the property?

— Joan L., Medford

Let's take your questions one at a time, Joan.

Back in March of 2016, we reported on Providence Health and Services' plans for a three-story, 64,000-square-foot medical office at KOGAP Enterprises’ Stewart Meadows Village.

The primary, specialty and urgent care center will be the first tenant in the 79-acre Planned Unit Development stretching from Stewart Avenue to Garfield Street, west of Highway 99 and the railroad tracks.

The medical building was designed by architect David Thruston of S&B James Construction Management.

Yes, the building is near the railroad tracks, where Central Oregon & Pacific trains rumble through town, but no closer than when they pass Key Bank or Mountain Church downtown.

The L-shaped building's east wing parallels the railroad tracks for 152 feet. A promenade running the perimeter of the entire development will provide for foot and bicycle traffic, so there will be people walking and cycling between the tracks and the medical offices. The building will replace one on Ellendale Drive where Providence provides specialty and urgent care.

KOGAP Enterprise rerouted Hansen Creek, which flows through the property, several years ago, dividing the residential west side from the commercial east. The infrastructure is being built, and KOGAP is putting the finishing touches on its plans for condo development, while looking for commercial tenants.

We'll keep you posted as the development gets approved and construction continues.

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