Meeting planned to discuss school's impact

MEDFORD — The Medford School District will hold a meeting Thursday to solicit feedback from the neighbors of the future South Medford High School about how the campus might affect the southwest Medford community.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the existing South Medford High, 815 S. Oakdale Ave.

The new campus is slated to be built on a 42-acre lot on the corner of South Columbus and Cunningham avenues as soon as summer 2010. The district sent out about 275 invitations to the meeting, inviting residents to discuss traffic, noise, lighting and other issues that might affect the neighborhood.

"They'll be our neighbors so we want them participating in the design process," said facilities director Mark Button.

District officials have already received about 15 e-mail complaints about early plans for a student parking lot that would empty into Diamond Street and Warren Way. Residents were concerned the lot would increase traffic through the residential streets.

In response to their concerns, the lot design was revised so that traffic would exit onto South Columbus.

District officials, Medford Traffic Commission representatives and the design team from Portland-based Mahlum Architects and Ashland-based Architectural Design Works will be on hand to answer questions.

About $79 million is earmarked for the project out of a $189 million bond measure voters approved in November.

For details, call 842-5002.

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