Public forum Tuesday about school land

The Medford School Board will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, on whether to accept a proposed gift of 14.45 acres of land on Hull Road for a possible future school site. The property offer is contingent on the school district advocating for the remainder of the donors' property to be included in the city's urban growth boundary.

The board meets in the commons at North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.

Three families are offering the property east of Hull Road at its intersection with Bellinger Lane. A new state law gives school districts a strong influence on whether property should be 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 more affordable to develop in the future, said Medford schools Superintendent Phil Long. The families would like to build a mixed-use development on at least part of the remaining acreage.

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