Council hears about The Commons today

Medford will dust off its stalled The Commons project and discuss its future at a study session of the City Council today.

The meeting begins at noon in Room 151 of the Lausmann Annex at 200 S. Ivy St., Medford. It’s open to the public.

A number of blocks roughly bounded by Central and Riverside avenues and Jackson and Sixth streets were cleared last year in preparation for development of The Commons, conceived as a $169 million, multi-block urban project that would include residential, retail, restaurants and park blocks. Lithia Motors’ headquarters was to be the centerpiece of the development.

When the economy soured, however, Lithia placed The Commons project on hold and its future became murky.

Assistant city manager Bill Hoke, Medford Urban Renewal Agency chief Jackie Rodgers and Lithia Motors representative Mark DeBoer are scheduled to be at today’s meeting to talk about it.

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