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Molino’s Ravioli Closure and Sale of Property

Mar 03, 2016 09:36AM ● By Jennifer Neys

The long-standing Molino’s Ravioli on Pleasant Hill Road closed its doors in January, leaving neighbors and the broader community wondering what will happen to the property in the future. Jim Molino took over the business after his mother, Margherita Molino, passed away in May 2014. Margherita, along with her husband and his parents, operated Molino's Ravioli for over 50 years until she fell ill in 2012 and passed the business on to her son. Jim Molino passed away last September. 

The size of the property is significant for Pleasant Hill and includes five parcels. According to the Contra Costa County assessor’s map, the entire property sits on 5.1 acres.   The zoning is R-10, allowing for medium density, single-family residential land use at densities from 3.1 to 4.5 units per net acre. The minimum lot size is 10,000 square feet. 

A future developer may consider a Planned Unit District (PUD), which would allow some of the development standards to be flexible. PUD’s allow for smaller lot sizes, smaller setbacks between the property lines and the homes, but they would need justifications. Thus far, no applications have come in to the City of Pleasant Hill from any developer interested in any or all of the parcels.

In addition, the Molino home is listed in the city’s general plan as a “Structure of Potential Historic Significance” and is described as an “Italian style house with kitchen in basement and adjacent tank house.” The Architectural Review Commission will need to evaluate the historical significance of the building. Some residents will undoubtedly raise the issue over preserving or possibly moving this home to another location during public comment at a future city meeting.  Given that any development proposal is obligated to go through the Architecture Review Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council, as well as public hearings, the likelihood of seeing any development on the property wouldn’t be for another 18 months to two years.