A half-dome of transparent material covering a full-sized pool, a diving well and more — with another full-sized pool just outside — is the vision for a replacement of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
That pool was torn down in 2013 after engineers determined it was in danger in the case of an earthquake. A temporary full-sized pool was installed in the parking lot there by the end of the year, and remains in use today.
At the same time, planning began for a new aquatic center. At a public meeting Saturday, the conceptual design for the project — estimated at $103 million — was showed off by architect Michael Rotundi.
Amy Bodeck, director of Development Services, told the crowd the Draft Environmental Impact Review would be released this Thursday, April 14, for a 60-day review period.That draft EIR will be on the city's website, www.lbds.info/planning_environmental, as well as the conceptual design details. The site dedicated to the pool, Belmontpool.com, also will have the design presentation.
Look for a full story here later in the week.