Historical Designation To Affect Rossmoor Event Center?

Preservation of the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse may affect the plans to build a new event center at the retirement community.

On the agenda of a state historic preservation commission Friday is a routine consent calendar item that might affect Rossmoor's progress on building a new event center.

Opponents of the event center plan last year sought the historical designation from the State Historical Resources Commission of the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse. They are concerned about construction of the event center and its parking lot, which would impinge on the lawn of the Dollar Clubhouse. The clubhouse is the former vacation home of shipping magnate R. Stanley Dollar, the Contra Costa Times reports.

On the agenda of the commission is a consent calendar proposing to recommend the Dollar clubhouse and eight other properties around the state to the National Register of Historic Places. The commission meets at 9 a.m. Friday in the Secretary of State Auditorium, 1500 11th St., Sacramento.
That agenda is attached to this article. At most public meetings, consent calendar items are passed unanimously with no discussion.

Last March, after a contentious meeting with dozens of public comments, the board of the Golden Rain Foundation approved the $12 million event center by a 7-2 vote. The foundation runs the gated retirement community.

Jack Archer February 06, 2013 at 06:39 PM
This report is not entirely accurate. Listing the Dollar House and surrounding area is not linked to the construction of the event center, which has already been permitted by Walnut Creek and is process of being built. The proponents of preserving the Dollar House wish to have it listed on both the State and National Registers of historic places because of its inherent historical values, which are unrelated to building the event center. Although parking for the event center remains an issue, especially with regard to the area to the north of the Dollar House, parking space for the event center was a factor in the granting of permission to build it. The Golden Rain Foundation Board just this past week voted 7-2 to approve the listing of the Dollar House, although it would like less surrounding land included in the listing than originally proposed. Other than this issue, there is no dispute at Rossmoor concerning preserving the Dollar House, a goal that is supported by the great majority of Rossmoor residents. Jack Archer, Rossmoor


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