Planning firm to present four mill site visions

Crandall Arambula, an urban planning firm in Portland, listened to community members' visions for the Croman Mill site in January. On Wednesday it will unveil four development plans based on January's workshop.

The public is invited to the second workshop for the Croman Mill Site Redevelopment Plan from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellview Grange at 1050 Tolman Creek Rd.

The mill, which closed in 1995, is bordered by Mistletoe Road, Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, Siskiyou Boulevard and Interstate 5. The mostly vacant, 51-acre parcel of land &

zoned industrial &

is owned by Bud Kaufman and Dwayne Cross of Croman Corp. in White City.

City officials say the Croman Mill area is the largest unused site in Ashland identified to provide employment opportunities for the next 20 years.

The city received an $80,000 Oregon Transportation Growth Management Quick Response Grant to redevelop a master plan for the mill site and surrounding properties, totaling 127 acres. The state selected and will pay for Crandall Arambula to create the master plan with community input.

About 75 people turned out for the January workshop to present their issues or concerns. Most agreed that a light industrial rezoning, economic development and affordable housing mix best fit their vision for the Croman Mill area.

A majority also voiced concerns about the increased truck traffic if the area were to become a light industrial and commercial area.

Crandall Arambula representatives returned to Portland armed with information they gathered from the workshop, as well as what they learned from previous meetings with city officials, property and business owners, neighborhood groups and the Croman Mill site owners.

They will present the four plans Wednesday and listen to feedback from attendees. The third workshop on Thursday, at the same time and place, is a joint city council and planning commission study session for the consultants to present and discuss the conceptual site plans with city officials.

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