Council to hold hearing about OSU cultural center

2013-02-16T08:30:00Z Council to hold hearing about OSU cultural centerBy JAMES DAY, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 16, 2013 8:30 am  • 

The Corvallis City Council will hold three sessions Tuesday at the downtown fire station, 400 N.W. Harrison Blvd.

The council has adjusted its schedule due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday. It will hold a closed executive session at 5:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the council will hold its regular meeting, followed by a 7:30 public hearing in which an appeal of a Historic Resources Commission decision will be discussed.

On Nov. 13, 2012, the commission denied an application to build a 3,600-square-foot Asian and Pacific Cultural Center at Oregon State University on a site north of Southwest Jefferson Way and west of 26th Street. The commission was involved because the land is within the OSU National Register of Historic Places Historic District. It found that the building’s design lacked “cultural identity representative of Asian Pacific influences” and was inconsistent with land-use criteria on facades, scale and proportion, roof shape and site development.

The university submitted an amended application Jan. 25. The council has three options: approve the new application as submitted; approve the new application with conditions; or deny the application.

In other meetings:

Collaboration Corvallis

• The parking and traffic workgroup meets Monday at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 S.W. Madison Ave., and Thursday at the Oak Creek Building, 3015 S.W. Western Blvd. The neighborhood planning workgroup meets Tuesday at the Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 N.W. Highland Drive. All meetings are at 5:30 p.m.


• Ward 7 Corvallis councilor Bruce Sorte is holding a meet and greet with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon at Sam’s Station, 1210 N.W. 29th St.


• The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 9 a.m. at 205 N.W. Fifth St. to hear an update from the Oregon Department of Forestry. At noon the board will hold a public hearing on an ordinance to correct an error on the 2004 zoning map. The commissioners also will consider a request to print a county voters’ pamphlet for the May 21 special district election.

• At 7 p.m. the Benton County Planning Commission will hold a work session in the Sunset Building, 4077 S.W. Research Way, to discuss series partition requirements and newspaper notice requirements.

• The Philomath School Board meets at 7 p.m. at Clemens Primary School, 535 S. 19th St. Board members are scheduled to vote on members for a committee to name Philomath High School’s baseball-softball facility.


• The Corvallis Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the downtown fire station to discuss the city Planning Division’s work program, which is a list of what issues the division should be working on in the next couple of years.

Saturday (Feb. 23)

• Ward 1 Corvallis councilor Penny York will be the guest at the 10 a.m. to noon “government corner” at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

Contact reporter James Day at or 541-758-9542. Follow at or

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