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Tuesday morning's weather prevented the representative of a group supporting a Mount Pleasant Community Church building project from attending a public hearing, so the Linn County Board of Commissioners postponed it until 11 a.m. Feb. 26.

Consultant Frank Walker was stuck in Hood River, staff from the Planning and Building Department told the commissioners. He had called the office Monday and asked for the continuance.

Two members of the public, who attended the meeting and wished to speak on the appeal process, said they would try to attend the next meeting.

At issue is a request by members of the historic church — founded in 1856 as the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church — to install a 30-foot-long breezeway to connect a planned modular building with the main church. The breezeway would be self-supporting and would not touch the church building.

The property is at 41935 Ridge Drive, near the Linn and Marion county line, about 5 miles south of Stayton.

In November, the county’s Historic Resource Commission met and approved the proposal to site the 27-feet-8-inch by 32-feet modular building as an office, meeting hall and restrooms. Current sanitary services are via a portable toilet.

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The modular unit would be constructed of materials that blend with the historic nature of the church, which is on both the County Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.

But the Historic Resources Commission also approved a condition that the breezeway did not meet historic standards. Walker appealed that decision in December and said by letter that the breezeway will be a “nearly flat and visually subordinate covering.”

It will be 30 feet long, 5 feet wide and 7½ feet tall. It would be connected to the modular unit by an awning, without touching the church.

The church was constructed on land donated by Washington Crabtree and was served in early years by circuit-riding preachers. It was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and the Linn County Register of Historic Resources in 1984.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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