Jackson County approves 3 million dollar parking lot addition

, Posted in Local, Health, Posted: Wed, May 7 2014 at 7:12 PM, Updated: Wed, May 7 2014 at 10:34 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Construction is already in the works on the new Jackson County Health Services Building. Now they will be adding to that construction by constructing two more stories to the already four story parking structure.

Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor said "one of the reasons they felt we needed to add these is because we needed to provide employee parking."

Jackson County Commissioners voted two to one to invest another three million dollars in the project after a surge in sign ups under the Oregon Health Plan.

When construction of the new building on West 8th street started in January of 2013, 33,000 people were signed up for the Oregon Health Plan. Fast forward to April of 2014, the number has jumped to 53,000, a 60% jump. That means more people coming to the Jackson County Health building. But one thing that shouldn't be a problem now is parking. They are increasing the number of parking spaces from 400 to 550.
 
Commissioner John Rachor supports the health services building, but he did vote against the new add, saying he wants people to look to other alternatives to driving. He said "I believe in the future our travel habits may change that we use more public transportation. We might find that we all need to carpool and find alternative parking spots."

The health care services building is scheduled to be finished by the end of next month.

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