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The Chehalem Cultural Center would get a patio just outside of its relatively new ballroom

The Chehalem Cultural Center would get a patio just outside of its relatively new ballroom under a plan from the Chehalem Park and Recreation District.

The plan would convert the area on the northwest side of the center, which now includes a gravel overflow parking lot, into a patio dotted with brown and gray pavers within an area of about 3,056 square feet matching similar pavers nearby and softening the view of the patio from the street, according to city planning documents.

The Historic Preservation Commission approved the plan after a short public hearing last week and it next goes before the city's Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Thursday.

While city staff members are recommending approval of the plan, according to the planning commission's packet, they also noted that the patio would cut into the overflow parking lot as a future concern.

While this will not change things for the ballroom as the patio space will not increase the number of people using the ballroom at any particular time, staff members note in their analysis that the center is still developing its Black Box Theater and upstairs classrooms, which, when completed, may necessitate the need to create additional parking areas.

The CPRD plan still allows for 26 parking spaces to fit alongside the patio, the documents state.

The Historic Preservation Commission's approval was based on conditions that CPRD obtain all necessary permits, work with city's planning department for final landscaping inspections and agree to stop construction and consult an archaeologist if anything of historical significance is found during construction.

If approved by the Planning Commission, city staff recommended approving the plan on condition that CPRD work with the planning department on final landscaping inspections and submits a detailed landscaping plan showing the types of proposed and current shrubs and trees on the property.

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