New in Old Town (Project Updates)

City of San Diego Juan Street Improvement Project

The Juan Street Improvement project will replace the concrete street from Taylor Street to Sunset Road. Additionally, this project will: replace sidewalks, install a new water main and storm drain, and install new curbs and gutters. This project will require portions of Juan Street to be closed at times, but the businesses will remain open and accessible and all parking lots in Old Town will be open and accessible.

Beginning February 9, 2015, you will see DMI Construction, Inc. crews bringing materials to the area of Juan Street between Taylor and Mason, which is the location of  the first phase of construction, in preparation for the installation of highline pipes. Highline is 2” pipe that will provide continuous water service to each residence and business connected to the water main while the project is underway. A water service interruption is required to connect the highline and a five day notice will be given to those affected.  The businesses will be connected during off peak (night) hours and the residences are typically done during the day since most people are at work at this time and they typically never see any disruption of water service. In addition to the door hangers that will serve as notice of this work, the contractor will knock on the door of each residence just prior to switching the water service over to the highline.

The construction work will begin with the installation of a section of water main at Taylor Street (at the corner of Juan Street). We anticipate this work will begin on February 17. At various times during the work, portions of that intersection will be shut down and traffic control measures will be in place. Please exercise caution when traveling in this area as there will be construction crews in the street. This work will likely cause minor traffic delays but the resident engineer will monitor the activity and take action when necessary.

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Many projects are happening in the State Historic Park, in addition to improvements in the quality of interpretive programs, Special Events, and museum facilities.

Click on the links on the left side for further information.  Check back often for more detailed information on all the changes and improvements!

A list of current park programs for strategic planning, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities:  Educational & Interpretive Programming - 10/21/11

ADA Improvement Projects

In an effort to bring Old Town San Diego State Historic Park into compliance with federal and state accessibility requirements, a multi-year project has begun to upgrade features at the park to better accommodate visitors with disabilities. The project will provide improved access to all of the park’s attractions and concessions.  The project scope includes the following general improvements;

• General barrier removal and safety improvements
• Upgraded pathways and routes
• Improved signage and interpretive elements
• Parking improvements
• Restroom improvements
• Improved access to buildings
• Upgraded day use elements such as picnicking, drinking fountains, seating, etc.

The current project schedule is as follows;

2010- 2011- Environmental documents drafted and approved
2011- 2013- Construction

Transfer of former CalTrans property to State Parks

Deferred Maintenance Projects
Wayfinding Signs, including logo, tagline, and monument markers at Park Entrances

Restroom #2 replacement
Completed January 2009

Seeley Stables Yard Rehabilitation ~ 
Improving viewing of exhibits, access, and drainage.

Includes reconstruction of an 1872 working windmill (water for irrigation and other non-potable uses).
See video of project update on YouTube
Project Completion May 2009 YouTube

Historic Building Condition Assessment Reports

Cultural Landscape Report
Status: Research and history summary reports in process. 

Wood and Tile roofing of concession and museum buildings (Completed)

Other Projects
Cosmopolitan Hotel / La Casa de Bandini) Restoration

SLOW Foods demonstration garden in La Casa de Estudillo courtyard

Native Plant Garden restoration

Possible partnership with UC Extension for 4H and other opportunities

Heritage Rose Society - planting and maintaining various locations.