Posted: Thu, March 22 2012 at 5:40 PM, Updated: Thu, March 22 2012 at 6:12 PM
The Housing Authority of Jackson County intends to sue the city of Medford following allegations of discrimination in the denial of a proposed low income housing project.
The Jackson County Housing Authority has sent a letter to the City of Medford telling them about their plans to file a lawsuit unless they reverse their decision about the Cherry Creek Apartment Project. The plans to build the 100-unit low-income complex on Spring Street in East Medford were approved by the Planning Commission but turned down by the city council because of apparent zoning issues. Since the beginning of the proposal, the plans have been met with opposition from residents who claim that the 20-homes-per-acre plan doesn't fit the single family dwelling neighborhood. The Housing Authority of Jackson County says, "you can't let the voice of the people decide that if some one just doesn't like a person in the neighborhood, that they cant live there." Now they plan to file a lawsuit.