Developing Downtown

, Posted: Thu, July 10 2014 at 6:12 PM, Updated: Thu, July 10 2014 at 6:37 PM

Medford, Ore -- Downtown Medford is getting closer to a big business boost.

Nearly 400 people will start moving into their brand new offices at the end of the summer when construction is finished on the "One West Main" building.

For local businesses it means progress and structures like the four-story One West Main building are a sign of things to come.
   
As construction revs up in downtown Medford, the skyline of the city is taking on a whole new appearance.
  
"We should have the exterior pretty well complete by the end of July, first part of August, we will have people start to move in the first part of September," said Steve Lawrence. 
   
New construction projects like the one west main building are popping up all over town and contractors say it could be a sign that the economy is changing for the better.
 
"We also see all the subcontractors, the ones that happened to survive the recession, especially in the building industry, that they are starting to come back," said Lawrence.   

 At four stories tall the One West Main building could bring in as many as 400 new employees, and those employees get hungry, which is a good sign for restaurant owners like Bob Berg.

"Yesterday was a real busy day just from groups of people coming in so we're already saying, we gotta be ready, so we'll probably hire another two people," said Berg.       

It's not just business on the uptick, says Berg, the attitude of downtown Medford is changing as well.

"People see new things, it's a positive I think it's a lot for the mindset," said Berg. Which may be a sign of big things to come.

   "The Lithia Building was huge for downtown, now this building, the County building, who knows what's next?" said Berg.

 The first tenant, Procare Software, plans to move into the second floor of One West Main sometime in September. The ground floor will be leased out to retail businesses and restaurants.

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