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Ashland’s Scott Bretting wants to move his River Rock Inn and several rental properties he owns near the hotel to vacant, city-owned land along Beaser Avenue, where they would be part of a larger, $4.1 million housing development. That would clear most of a block along Lakeshore Drive where the Marshfield Clinic system could build new medical facilities.

A statewide healthcare organization wants to build a new clinic on prime downtown Ashland real estate, but its plans could hinge upon a related proposal for a large-scale housing project.

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Scott Bretting outlines his plans before the Ashland Planning Commission earlier this month. He wants the city to give him about three acres of land and unspecified funding to help facilitate his housing development. (Tom Stankard/Staff photo)

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The River Rock Inn would be moved and turned into efficiency apartments under Bretting’s proposal. (Tom Stankard/Staff photo)

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