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City of Pleasant Hill Public Hearing to hear the appeal filed to "Save the Dome"

As a group, we've often attended independent movies at the CineArts Dome, which is scheduled to be demolished to create a Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Crossroads Shopping Center.  There are no plans by the development group or Cinemark to create another theatre to take the Dome's place in showing independent films in the Claycord area.  The demolition permit has been issued, but an appeal has been filed by "Save the Dome of Pleasant Hill".  The Dome's last day of operation is Sunday, April 21st and they are to clear their things out of the building by Friday, May 3rd.

All appeals that have been filed with the City of Pleasant Hill are granted a hearing in front of the City Council and May 6th is the date that has been assigned.  This hearing will most likely seal the fate of the Dome theatre so for those of you who are interested in hearing about the fate of the CineArts Dome theatre, this is the hearing you'll want to attend. 

Parking is limited so your best bet would be to probably park by the Downtown PH Century theatre parking structure and walking there (it's about a 10 minute walk).  

It's been suggested to wear a red-based color to to support those who are speaking at the hearing

The development process is shown on the city's Civic Alerts page here.

If you're interested in hearing more about the appeals process or helping the group that's putting together the presentation, contact them at [masked]

The text of the public hearing is as follows:






NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the City of Pleasant Hill that the City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider: a) an appeal filed by Martha Ross (on behalf of “Save the Pleasant Hill Dome”) of the decision by the Planning Commission to approve an application for a Development Plan and Use Permit for the SyWest project; and b) a Call for Review (by Mayor Harris) on the decision by the Architectural Review Commission to approve an application for an Architectural Review Permit and Sign Permit/Master Sign Program for the SyWest project. The subject site is located at 2314 & 2316 Monument Boulevard, located on the southern half of the Crossroads Shopping Center. The property is zoned PUD 809 and is located within Subarea II of the Contra Costa Center Specific Plan (CCCSP). Assessor Parcel Numbers:[masked], 021, & 024. The project includes the following:

Development Plan for:

  • Construction of a 73,176 square foot two story retail building, up to 50 feet in height, to replace the existing CineArt’s movie theater. In addition, the existing Bally’s building adjacent to the CineArt’s movie theater is proposed to be renovated and expanded by 261 square feet resulting in a 21,788 square foot single story building. The combined project would result in a total of 94,924 square feet of commercial space.
  • Modifying the existing parking lot and to provide a total of 396 parking spaces in Subarea II.
  • Providing new landscaping and lighting throughout the parking lot and shopping center.

Use Permit for:

  • Various adjustments to parking lot design standards (Section[masked]) and adjustments for the proposed shopping center signage (Section[masked] & 100).

Architectural Review Permit/Sign Permit for:

  • Design review approval for the entire project and to approve a master sign program for Subarea II including wall and monument signage, and a pylon sign that would be 35 feet in height.

The City, as the lead agency, has determined that the proposed project is consistent with and within the scope of the 2006 Final SEIR prepared for the CCCSP and none of the conditions requiring a subsequent or a supplemental environmental impact report, stated in Section 21166 of the Public Resources Code or in Sections 15162 and 15163 of the CEQA Guidelines, apply to the project. Thus, pursuant to Section 15164 of the Guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act, an Initial Study and an Addendum to the previously certified Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) have been prepared.

THE PUBLIC HEARING will be held by the City Council starting at 7:30 P.M. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in the City Council Chambers, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Interested persons will be heard at this time.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN pursuant to Government Code Section 65009(b) that, if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court by you or others, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else has raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Pleasant Hill at, or prior to, the Public Hearing.

For information, contact Troy Fujimoto, Senior Planner, at[masked] or [masked].

Greg Fuz Zoning Administrator

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  • Lana

    Appeal denied

    May 7, 2013

  • Lana

    2am...still going. It doesn't sound like the outcome will be good.

    May 7, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Does anyone know what the owners of the Dome want? Does the theater rent or own? The reason I ask this is there is a place called Windmill Farms in San Ramon that the city wanted gone. However the owners and the people of SR didn't so it was petitioned to stay and we still have the business.

    May 6, 2013

    • Lana

      They want to build a Dick's sporting goods store even though there's quite a few already in the area (~34) within an 8 mile radius of the Dome theatre. I think they want to get out of the theatre business.

      May 6, 2013

  • Lana

    Attn: there will be a SECOND earlier meeting at 4:15pm at the same location on the same day for the Building Board of Appeals to listen to "Save the Pleasant Hill Dome"'s appeal re: the issuance of the demolition permit. This 7:30pm meeting is re: the Sywest Development project itself.

    May 5, 2013

    • Lana

      I'll most likely be at both and I know that there will be A LOT of people there, so I may or may not see you depending on how large the crowd is. I think they considered having an overflow room last time.

      May 5, 2013

    • Lana

      If you happen to see me, definitely wave me down!

      May 5, 2013

  • Terry

    Thank you Lana for keeping us in the know. I do enjoy indie, art and foreign films so it makes me very sad to know the dome as a venue is being torn down. Please keep on scheduling such films for us as much as possible. :-) Your efforts as organizer are much appreciated!

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Lana

    Btw...if the Dome is demo'ed before the hearing (either on the 4th of 5th), I'll cancel this event since there's no point in hearing an appeal to save the Dome if it's already torn down ;)

    April 16, 2013

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