MEDFORD, Ore. – After years of debate between neighbors, developers, and the city of Medford, a low-income housing complex is finally being built.
The Jackson County Housing Authority said construction crews broke ground on the Cherry Creek complex site three weeks ago, and the housing is scheduled to be completed in April or May of next year. The complex will provide 50 affordable units along Spring Street in Medford.
For the past few years, neighbors have fought against the construction, saying it was not about the type of people who would live there, but potential problems with infrastructure. They have said there would not be enough parking, sidewalks and traffic lights to accommodate 50 additional families in the area, and there would be no sidewalks. Neighbors Thursday said they were still not happy about the construction beginning, but said they were accepting that they can’t do much about it any more.
“I guess that’s what we have to do,” said Frank Perdue, who lives near the site. “We have to make the best of it. We had our fight, and we lost.”
The city of Medford had originally rejected the Housing Authority’s plans for the complex. The Housing Authority threatened to sue the city, until a compromise was met earlier this year to reduce the number of units from 100 to 50.