The new Oregon Youth Center building could get one step closer to reality Thursday, with a public hearing and votes planned at the Planning Commission meeting.

The public hearing at the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall, will allow any interested parties to speak on the proposed building and any potential conditions the commission could recommend to the Village Board.

The new youth center, which was proposed last November as a new fundraising project of the Oregon Community Resource Network, got positive feedback from the commission in February when commissioners looked at initial designs.

“This is a great idea, great project,” commission chair Greg Schnelle said at that meeting.

The 6,000-square-foot building would be located on the same property as the current youth center, featuring a glass and panelling exterior with lounges, pool and foosball tables, a multi-use space and indoor and outdoor basketball half-courts.

The commission will have to consider a pair of exceptions to Village requirements in its recommendation of the plan to the Village Board, both of which village planner Mike Slavney wrote he supported.

The first would allow the building to be closer to the street than normal by 11 feet, and the second would allow for fewer parking spaces, as the site shares its parking lot with the police department next door.

“I believe the reduction of the street yard setback is merited by the removal of the existing unattractive and nonconforming storage building,” Slavney wrote. “I believe the parking flexibility is also merited by the presence of significant additional public parking in the area, and by the fact that most visitors will not be driving motor vehicles to the site during normal business hours.”

The commission is expected to make recommendations to the Village Board on three items: the general development plan, the specific implementation plan and a new certified survey map that would create new boundaries for the site.

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