MEDFORD, Ore.--A century-old church in Medford is looking to expand.
It needs permission from a historic preservation commission to move forward on the 1.74-million-dollar project.
NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff finds out why the church is hoping it will get the city's blessing for the project at a hearing Tuesday night.
Rev. Sramek Jr. says, "We need office space, we need a bigger parish hall that will seat all of our congregants and we need a bigger food pantry."
City planning staff wants the landmarks and historic preservation commission to deny the proposed expansion.
The city says the addition would be significantly larger than the sanctuary building which they think would make the original building diminished in character.
The city also says some of the integrity and essential form of church would be demolished to accommodate the additions which they believe would permanently impair its historic value.
The church says its consulted with the same architect and construction company that has worked with the Holly Theater.
Rev. Sramek Jr. says, "We hope we get a positive answer we anticipate an answer, if it is positive we will move forward, if it is negative we will likely appeal to the city council."
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30pm at Medford's City Council Chambers.