Vietnam Wall replica in Medford is moving forward
I am relatively new to Medford and just recently heard about a Vietnam Memorial wall being built here. I searched your paper and found that Medford City Council approved the wall to be placed at US Cellular Park in July 2016. The article said the group sponsoring it was looking for $500,000 to build it. Where does this fundraising stand at the present time?
— Dee Dee C., Medford
The project is moving along, Dee Dee, according to the organizers.
Southern Oregon Veterans Benefits, the group building the Vietnam Wall replica, was one of the local recipients — along with the Holly Theater — of state money contained in House Bill 5006, said member Ron Kohl.
The measure, signed by Gov. Kate Brown in August, will allocate $250,000 to help cover the cost of the wall.
"We have many grant applications out waiting to hear," Kohl said in an email. "We are moving forward."
When Medford City Council approved the project last year, it entered into a 25-year renewable lease agreement with the group to place the wall in the 2.1-acre Medford sports park.
The group is responsible for construction, land-use planning and maintenance. Kohl said the group has completed a property survey and has been working on the timeline with two construction companies.
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