Medford considering ‘Project Turnkey’ property purchase

MEDFORD, Ore. —The city of Medford is looking at buying the Redwood Inn from Rogue Retreat.

Last year, Rogue Retreat started working on the facility to transform the motel into emergency housing for Almeda Fire victims and the homeless. But the project was paused in March, because of a lack of funding along with project management.

The city would take on the responsibility for up to $1.4 million in funding, needed to finish the renovation.  “Being good stewards of the public dollars that have already been spent on this facility, we think it should be a community asset and it can continue to be a community asset being owned by the city,” said Kelly Madding, Deputy City Manager.

The city council will also vote Thursday on potentially increasing the public safety fee to help add more Medford officers and fire staff.

Psilocybin rules in Medford will also be voted on.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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