Monday the Corvallis City Council had a sometimes contentious exchange of views on the proposal from Oregon State University to build the Linus Pauling Science Center. Ward 6 Councilor Dan Brown made a motion, seconded by Ward 2 Councilor Patricia Daniels, that would have required essentially a "trip back to the drawing board" on the design of the proposed Pauling Science Center.
The Historic Resources Commission had submitted areas of concern that did not meet Historic District requirements. These included use of certain types of materials, height of the building, and proposed setbacks. The Council vote overrode the decision by the Historic Resources Commission.
The vote on Brown's motion failed in Council by a 5-4 vote. Brown, Daniels, Hamby & Hirsch voting against approval and Hervey, O'Brien, Beilstein, Raymond, & Brauner voting for approval.
At the Monday afternoon session, Corvallis City Council voted to approve the OSU appeal with some changes. The design of the brick parapet, a window on the ground floor will be replaced with a conforming style window to match the other windows and a fourth floor screen wall will be made of colored concrete.
Many letters were received by Corvallis City Council both for and against the project. The Linus Pauling Science Center will be built at Southwest 35th Street and Campus Way. This will be the first new construction in the newly created, 2008, Historic District area on the OSU Campus.