Christie School seeking removal of historic designation

Youth Villages Oregon, formerly known as The Christie School, has submitted an Application for Removal of Historic Landmark designation with the City of Lake Oswego.

In a May 28 letter to the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association, Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon, writes that the original designation occurred over the organization’s objection in 2001. The letter states that two buildings on the campus, the Administration Building and an adjacent bungalow, are “outdated in terms of current standards for the work we do for children and families throughout Oregon.”

The letter continues:

“Our continuing goal is to be a vital member of this community, while achieving our charitable mission to help children and families live successfully. We are and will be a responsible neighbor, significant employer in Clackamas County and contributor to the local economy. Removal of the historic designation allows us to achieve all these goals, while preparing for the future without the burden of these outdated and inefficient buildings. We will not be expanding our residential services beyond our current capacity and will continue to be focused on services offsite in the community.”

The City of Lake Oswego Historic Resource Board will hold a public hearing to consider the application at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. For more information, contact Jessica Numanoglu, a senior planner with the city, at 503-635-0290 or jnumanoglu@ci.oswego.or.us.

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