WALNUT CREEK -- The California State Parks' Office of Historic Preservation is poised to approve recommending the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse in Rossmoor be placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

Whether that approval will affect construction of a planned new event center nearby is uncertain, at best.

At its meeting Friday in Sacramento, the State Historical Resources Commission is scheduled to forward recommendations for 10 sites throughout California -- including the former vacation home of shipping magnate R. Stanley Dollar -- to the Park Service, which makes final decisions about which recommended sites are added to the register.

"Usually, the National Park Service doesn't disagree with what the commission recommends," said Jenan Saunders, the commission's deputy state building preservation officer. All 10 National Register nominees are on the Friday meeting's "consent items" list, meaning they will almost certainly be approved unless discussion of one or more of the sites is specifically requested.

Efforts to get the former Dollar residence -- also known as "Rossmoor Clubhouse No. 2" -- and its grounds placed on the National Register have been led by a group called Save Our Stanley, comprising mostly residents of the Rossmoor seniors community.


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A key motivation has been to at least delay construction of a controversial new $12 million event center and its parking lot; the latter would be built on the front lawn of the Dollar clubhouse. Group members say getting the clubhouse and its grounds designated as historic could force city leaders to at least delay construction of the events center.

Despite contentions by some Save Our Stanley members that environmental reports done before Walnut Creek approved event center plans are insufficient, city officials have said they expect construction of the new center to move ahead.