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Mr Smith said it was hoped a contract could be agreed in April or May and the buyer would have to seek planning permission, which would take between six months and a year.
The youth centre was closed last year after the Thamesfield Youth Association announced that it could no longer afford the running costs.
The Henley College owns derelict land behind the site and Thames Water a small parcel beyond that.
Haslams is marketing the college land as well as the youth centre site.
The Thames Water land is being sold by Savills and is already under offer from an unnamed buyer. Clive Wilkinson, chairman of the youth centre's trustees, said: "We're pleased we have got to this stage. There are a few things we had to do to get there because it's a joint sale between us and the college so we've had to agree terms between the parties.
Mr Wilkinson said the association was now subsidising the junior youth clubs that are run at the Henley YMCA and youth and community project Nomad on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The HOT (Henley-on-Thames) Frog cafÃ©, which gives young adults with learning difficulties a taste of work and is based at the centre, will remain open until July.
The cafÃ© is the responsibility of Henley Social Enterprise, a not-for-profit organisation run by staff at The Henley College as a community hub and to give special needs students work experience. It opened in November 2010. Last month the manager of a cafÃ© claimed it had been â??forgottenâ?�.
Carolyne Neighbour, who has managed the cafÃ© for three years, said she believed its fateÂ was sealed as it had not found a new home.Â
The youth centre had been in Deanfield Avenue for more than 50 years, having moved in 1961 from Thamesfield House in Wargrave Road, which is now a retirement home.
The association agreed to the move in return for an annual contribution towards the centreâ??s overheads from Oxfordshire County Council.
The trustees blamed the centreâ??s closure on the councilâ??s decision in 2011 to withdraw its annual Â£25,000 grant. The council denied it was to blame.
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