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Revitalizing downtown Medford with modernized apartments

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Medford -           Today local government, business leaders, and the Downtown Medford Association broke ground for Genesis XXI.  A new housing unit located in the heart of downtown Medford.

The Genesis Project will provide a secure living opportunity for people who earn 80% to 120% of the median income. Allowing people who work, go to school, shop, and use public transportation in the area. “This is not a project that is designed to make a large profit. It is designed to make a large impact,” says Laz Ayala, owner of Ayala Properties.

The Medford Urban Renewal Agency provided $1.2 million to support the project, creating a start for revitalizing the downtown area. The apartment will consist of 62 apartment units with a modern design, work and meeting rooms, and electric vehicle charging stations for tenants.

“The goal here is to meet the income levels for those families or individuals making 80 to 120 percent of the area’s median income,” says Ayala.

This project is aimed to help bring energy to downtown Medford where several locally-owned shops, restaurants, and other businesses are located.

If you build it they will come, this is the type of project that since we're building it others will likely emulate. This is a field of dreams project for downtown Medford,” says Mayor Sparacino

Other leaders and the mayor hope this project will inspire more housing opportunities to become available in the downtown area.

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Camryn joined NewsWatch 12 as a reporter/producer at the end of January, 2022.

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