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Back on course

A massive subdivision at the former Cedar Links Golf Course is going like gangbusters after the project had languished for many years during the economic downturn.

Bulldozers have been rumbling over the 117-acre property, carving out roads and drainage systems, getting it ready for about 460 residential units.

“It’s great to see the economy back to give us some confidence to go forward,” said Eric Artner, one of the partners with Cedar Investment Group LLC. “So far, the desirability of the project has generated a lot of phone calls and a lot of interest from people.”

Plans for the Cedar Landing development were first approved in 2006, and a small portion of it was built. The golf course, just west of Foothill Road at Cedar Links Drive, closed in 2013.

Cedar Investment Group LLC has dropped plans for a commercial development on the south side of the subdivision but still proposes a smaller commercial area on the north side.

A senior housing complex with up to 160 beds is planned for the project.

Over the years, the former golf course sat vacant when plans for the development stalled because of the recession that started in 2007.

The developers want to complete construction in smaller phases so they don’t get caught in another economic downturn. They’ve asked the Medford Planning Commission to approve 12 phases on the south side of the project rather than five.

Artner said the Medford area seems to get hit first when the economy falters, so it’s necessary to proceed cautiously.

He said the project will have five ponds and two miles of public pedestrian and cycling trails that will lead to a new 5.5-acre park on the west end of the project and will be built by the city of Medford at a cost of about $1 million.

Artner said local builder Cris Galpin has bought a majority of the single-family home lots.

As a condition for development of the former golf course, the city required a new intersection at Foothill Road to handle the additional traffic.

Medford principal planner Kelly Akin said only a handful of subdivisions in Medford can compare to the magnitude of Cedar Landing.

“It’s a big project,” she said. “Not that many projects that we have here have that kind of acreage.”

Akin said there have been many changes to Cedar Landing over the years, including a reduction in the amount of commercial areas.

She expects other changes to come in as the project is further refined, including a potential reduction in the size of the senior care facility.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @reporterdm.

Construction crews Wednesday work on a new subdivision at the former Cedar Links Golf Course in east Medford. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch