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No aquatic facility at soon-to-be-vacant Costco building

Has the city of Medford considered making the old Costco building its new aquatic center once the company moves to Central Point? It's got plenty of parking, is on a bus line and is indoors for year-round use.

— B. from Central Point

It does have those three attributes, B., but the city of Medford Parks and Recreation Department won't be utilizing the soon-to-be-vacant building off Highway 62 for a new pool facility.

"If the city were to build one, we would look to city-owned property first," said Medford Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal.

The city at one time considered using the Costco building as a recreation center (not a pool), but that's not in the cards anymore, he said.

"It had been contemplated, but it’s not an option to be considered at this time," Rosenthal said, adding the city would still like to someday have a facility like the Santo Community Center on the east side of town.

Construction on the new Costco is underway. The new Central Point store is on an 18.28-acre site at the corner of Hamrick and Table Rock roads. The $13.3 million, 161,992-square-foot warehouse and fuel station is shooting for a fall opening.

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