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Judgment day for bold colors

The fate of the green, mustard and maroon Spring Hill Shopping Center lies with the Grass Valley Planning Commission, which will decide tonight whether to allow the controversial color scheme or to force owner Saadeh Hattar to repaint the East Main Street complex.

Hattar said he didn’t know the building’s colors had to be approved by the city. Earlier this summer, he approached the designer who had given the building a facelift in 1989 and asked for a new look.

“It was starting to look ugly,” Hattar said. The building’s last paint job was sloppy and beginning to wear, Hattar said.



“I just wanted to make sure it always looks good for the community, for the people around,” Hattar said.

Once the colored paint was up, five coats in some areas, the tenants and Hattar were pleased, he said.




“I think it (brings) new life to the building. They’re warmer colors, pleasant colors,” Hattar said.

But color-conscious Grass Valley residents reacted – writing in support or opposition of the building when some city officials raised a red flag.

Its current colors are not listed on the property’s 1989 use permit, which calls for gray, more gray, and brown.

Hattar hopes the Planning Commission, at its 7 p.m. meeting today in Grass Valley City Hall, will spare him the $80,000 needed to repaint the building. Conditions appear favorable for the Novato resident – the city’s Development Review Committee and Sierra Cinemas co-owner Mike Getz have approved of the changes.

• In other business, the Planning Commission tonight will consider the first of several buildings proposed as part of Sierra Memorial Hospital’s 10-year expansion.

First, the hospital hopes to build a 20,400-square-foot outpatient imaging center and women’s center west of its recently constructed parking lot. If approved, the $13-million building will house X-ray, CAT scan, ultra sound, MRI scan, and other equipment, as well as the Sierra Nevada Breast Imaging Center, spokesman Gary Cooke said.

In later phases of the project, the east wing of the existing hospital would be taken down and replaced by a four-story patient tower. Three other buildings and an access road are also proposed.

The project could be complete in 2013, Cooke said.

KNOW AND GO

What: Grass Valley Planning Commission discussion of:

– Spring Hill Shopping Center paint scheme

– Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital addition

– Bed-and-Breakfast on South Auburn Street

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Grass Valley Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 East Main St.


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