Rogue X project gets $3M boost from state
A Medford sports complex hit with cost overruns will receive another $3 million in support from Salem.
State Rep. Kim Wallan, R-Medford, helped secure the funding during the short legislative session along with an additional $1.85 million to help Medford deal with homeless issues, including for transitional housing and for trash and other cleanup.
The cost to build the Rogue Community Credit Union Community Complex with two indoor pools, a splash pad and an events center has increased 25% over original estimates.
The $75,781,036 price tag is $15.18 million more than a 2019 estimate, driven by market forces related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Construction projects have seen steep escalation in the price of materials and labor over the past two years.
“No one is immune to the materials scarcity and inflation we’re seeing nationwide, not even local governments,” Wallan said.
The state funds will help the city obtain the materials needed to complete construction of Rogue X.
Pence Construction, the general contractor for the job, calculated construction materials alone have increased $7.3 million since June 2020.
To help deal with the steep rise in prices, the city approved a $6 million award to Pence Construction last October to buy 400 tons of steel needed for the project.
Pence Construction also released a so-called guaranteed maximum price for the construction at $66,712,536.
“In a year when the state is experiencing unprecedented revenue, municipalities and counties are still struggling,” Wallan said. “I was glad to be able to distribute some of the state’s surplus to a project that is important to Medford.”
Substantial completion of Rogue X is expected by Aug. 1, 2023, and final completion by Sept. 15, 2023.
The city expects the sports complex to generate $1 million to $2 million a year in revenues.
The sports complex will be located at Howard Memorial Sports Park in west Medford off Ross Lane. It is named after Wes Howard, a local man who bequeathed the property on which his house sat to create a youth sports park.
The city has been in discussions with the Medford School District to build more ballfields at the 58-acre park in the future. Less than half the park will be devoted to Rogue X.
City officials hope the park provides an economic boost similar to Lithia and Driveway Fields in south Medford.
Medford has had ongoing issues dealing with homelessness, and the state funding will help with efforts to move more people into some form of housing.
“Homelessness remains one of our top concerns in Medford,” Wallan said. “The funding will help us move people up and out of homelessness and gives our city additional tools to keep our parks and public spaces safe and clean.”
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