Property deal discussed

The Medford School Board will hold a public forum Tuesday about whether to accept a proposed gift of 14.45 acres of land on Hull Road for a school site in exchange for the school district advocating for the rest of the donors' property to be placed in the urban-growth boundary.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the commons at North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. The meeting is open to the public.

Three families are offering the property east of Hull Road where it intersects with Bellinger Lane in exchange for the district using its influence to land the families' adjacent property in the urban-growth boundary, which would substantially increase the property's value. A new state law gives school districts a strong influence on whether the property is included in the urban growth boundary if the district formally notifies the city and the state that the property is necessary for its plans for future schools. The urban-growth boundary helps dictate future development in urban areas.

In addition to the 14.45-acre site, the offer includes an option to buy an additional 26.4 acres at a discounted price during the next 30 years. The total value of the gift is close to $2 million, officials estimate.

The land is part of an 80-acre site located adjacent to current city infrastructure such as sewer and water, making it affordable to develop in the future, said Medford schools Superintendent Phil Long. The families plan to build a mixed-use development on at least part of the remaining acreage.

— Paris Achen

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