Dome Replacement Project Gets City Review

The Pleasant Hill Architectural Review Commission reviews plans Thursday to tear down the CineArts Dome and build a new retail building.

The plans for bringing down the dome get an initial review from a Pleasant Hill city commission Thursday.

The Architectural Review Commission reviews a proposal by SyWest Development to demolish the existing CineArts theater building and then build a 73,176-square-foot two-story retail building and renovate the existing 21,788-square-foot, single-story building. A Dick's Sporting Goods is targeted for that end of the Crossroads at Pleasant Hill Shopping Center, Monument Boulevard.

The Architectural Review Commission meets at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Large Community Room at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. The agenda is attached to this file.

Many longtime residents object to the idea of puncturing the dome where they enjoyed many art-house films. When Patch ran a December poll about the proposed redevelopment, the results went like this:

  • 25 people said the movie dome should be remodeled.
  • 6 said leave it the way it is.
  • 4 said "yes, we need something new in that location."

There's a Facebook site titled "Save Independent Film and the CineArts Dome in Pleasant Hill."

A Gregory Gardener April 22, 2013 at 07:26 PM
nice to hear you voice, Giorgio. :-) I didn't even realize there was a Dick's in WC!
Ryan April 22, 2013 at 09:25 PM
There is no Dick's in WC. They are opening one up in Dublin. Giorgio must be thinking of Sports Basement. As for fishing gear, there really is no quality place with a large selection of fishing gear. I also never said no store but Dick's can supply my fishing gear needs. I currently have to shop online for most stuff. Hey, if you don't want your city getting my taxes on these purchases, then fine. I never would go to that theater, but I will go to the Dick's. I understand you are upset over losing the theater that you patron, but there are others who would be happy to go to Dick's. And anybody who claims to have talked to "thousands" of people who come into the area for that theater, that can't be true. Otherwise the theater would close now would it?
Ryan April 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Meant to say "wouldn't have closed now would it?"
A Gregory Gardener April 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Thank you for your reply, Ryan. My questions about fishing gear were sincere. I've been at the theater over a couple of weekends I have heard many, many people who overwhelmingly LOVE the theater, whether it's raggedy or not (the owner hasn’t chosen to spruce it up). But perhaps they value film more than fish :-), so I'm glad you put your opinion here, especially without getting nasty. I don't know where you live, or if you've ever been in this now-unique, huge auditorium, or even if you like movies! But in PH, that spot is a reference point to our city. A gateway. A big sporting goods store will be one of between 2-3 dozen existing stores near-by selling sporting goods. Can you see why we may feel another one isn’t needed? I’m sorry about poor fishing selection in other stores--I wasn't aware-- but I don’t think it’s a good enough reason to put this business in this spot. Sales taxes are very important, but this is a bit like selling one's soul for the money (actually, we the public haven’t been informed as to how much we stand to benefit from a new Dick’s. That would be interesting to know). And may I ask you again: would you have any problem putting a 73,000 sq. ft., fifty ft. tall Dick’s store to be the landmark welcoming people to your city, especially when there is a site across town—the former K-Mart—where it could go? The deal was made by our city—was it the right thing to do? Thank you. Yes, I know it's private property.
Christopher April 26, 2013 at 07:36 AM
From the "Save the Pleasant Hill Dome Theatre" Campaign: The attorney we have retained, Mark Wolfe, has sent a letter to the City of Pleasant Hill, stating our view that the April 1, 2013 demolition permit it issued to SyWest was in violation of state and municipal law. He is asking the city to rescind the permit. HOW YOU CAN HELP Donate to the legal fund. We've received over $5000 in your donations, which will go towards funding the lawyer. Please continue to donate and spread the word to others. Use PayPal via www.savethedome.org =or= send check to “Save the PH Dome”, c/o Treasurer 1630 N Main #425 Walnut Creek CA 94596 Write to the City Council to express your objections to this plan 100 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 671-5267 http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/forms.aspx?FID=74 Write to Dick's Sporting Goods Corporate and tell them this is not a good location for their store Letters and calls to Dick's corporate are just as effective - if not more so - than Facebook posts and Tweets. 345 Court St Coraopolis, PA 15108 (724) 273-3400 Online contact form: https://twitter.com/DICKS


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