County urban renewal agency to dedicate new White City park

Jackson County Urban Renewal Agency will celebrate its sunset two years early during a dedication of its final project, the White City Community Park, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

The celebration will be at the new park, 3143 Avenue C, next to the library in White City.

Both current and former Jackson County commissioners, Joy Reich of the White City Community Improvement Association and others involved with the urban renewal agency over the years will speak at Thursday's event. Students from White City Elementary School will attend the ceremony and try out the new park and playground equipment.

The urban renewal agency has repaired and improved roads, created jobs and raised the county's tax base value, said Danny Jordan, Jackson County administrator, in a press release.

The urban renewal district was created by county commissioners in 1991 to address urban blight issues in White City.

Major improvements have included the Community Health Center, Fire District No. 3 Training Center, White City Town Center Wetland Mitigation and White City Community Park, and road improvements, sidewalks, street lights, storm drains and other infrastructure enhancements to Antelope Road, Avenue H, Division Road, Highway 62, Dutton Road, Wilson Way, avenues G, H, F and C, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th streets, and Pacific and Atlantic avenues.

"Aside from the fact we were able to retire the project two years earlier than expected, the overall benefit to Jackson County is immense," Commissioner C.W. Smith said in the release.

The agency helped create jobs by providing grants to keep businesses in White City, as well as attract other companies, the release said. Companies receiving grants include the Grange Co-op, Panel Crafters, Interstate Distributors, Hailco, Proweld, Tehama Tire, Brookside Inn (La Quinta Hotel), Triple R Wholesale, Extreme Painting, RAM Offset Lithographers, Samuel O. James, Burrill Resources, Davis Finishing, Roger McFadden, Memory's, Timber Products, Spectrum Industries, Erickson Air-Crane, Medford Moulding Company and Hurd Fabrications.

For more information, contact Jon McCalip, Jackson County facility maintenance manager, at 541-774-6974, or mccalija@jacksoncounty.org.

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