As the veterans buildings began to age, communities made different decisions on what to do with them. Some cities, such as Pleasanton, renovated them completely, dedicating millions of dollars to bring them up to earthquake and Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Walnut Creek and Lafayette razed their old buildings to free up the prime downtown real estate, and their veterans groups joined to build a state of the art facility in Lafayette. The veterans of the San Ramon Valley explored venues with an eye toward a new building to serve them as well as related groups such as veterans' services and the Blue Star Moms. But the historic central location in downtown Danville won out.
The town has committed $5 million toward design and construction, and the Veterans Memorial Building Development Committee of San Ramon Valley has pledged to raise another $2 million. This week the town approved appointing a steering committee to develop a consensus on how to reconstruct the building, with two members each from veterans groups; the Town Council; the senior subcommittee of the Parks and Leisure Services Commission; the Heritage Resource Commission; and the Planning Commission/Design Review Board. The goal is to create a first class facility to serve our veterans, and the needs of the seniors and the greater community.
Now the debate begins as to what can be saved of the old building, what needs to be changed, and how best to serve all the vested groups. Anyone with an interest may want to attend the meeting of the steering committee. After all, the building now belongs to Danville.
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