Multi-Story Building Project Proposed Downtown

Family Nurturing Center seeks approval for an anticipated development located on the corner of North Oakdale Avenue and 5th Street, and the future development of the corner of 5th Street and Ivy Street.

The purpose of the project is to revitalize the community through a provision of new affordable housing for at-risk families and individuals. The project consists of two phases. The first phase includes the demolition of an existing 2-story 7,500 sqft office and social services building. Additionally, two small existing storage sheds will be removed. 

The proposed replacement is a multi-story 26,900 sqft mixed-use building that consists of 3 commercial suites on the ground floor and 17 residential dwelling units on the upper floors.

Phase two is a proposed development at 205 & 211 North Ivy Street. This will include demolition of an existing garden shed and pergola; and the construction of a 4,400 sqft multi-family building with 4 units.

In addition to the building construction, new landscaping and outdoor living spaces will surround the project. A redeveloped parking lot is proposed with 7 spaces (1 ADA space) on the south of the alley and 12 spaces (1 ADA space) on the north side of the alley. The civil work for the parking lot will be included in phase one.

Developers released the following statement about the project: The existing 1960s office building on site is indistinguishable in character. The structures do not live up to the full potential of what the site has to offer in terms of community development, commercial revitalization and promotion of civic pride. The proposed structure and uses are specifically aimed to assist in social, equitable, cultural, and public benefits that supersede the capabilities of the existing buildings on the site. The new proposal intends for the design quality to be superior than that of the existing structures and more compatible with its historic context.

As this project moves through the different city departments, Medford Alert will continue to provide updates.

Courtesy of the City of Medford