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Immediate Public Use of Former Caltrans Office Complex

UPDATE October 1, 2014:

Notice of Public Meeting to receive input

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Caltrans District 11 Office Complex
Garcia Auditorium
4050 Taylor St.
San Diego, CA 92110

The public meeting shall show conceptual designs for the site’s future use and provide opportunity for written and oral comments. The meeting shall also provide a brief history of the site and planning that has occurred thus far.

PLANNING AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) has completed preliminary planning and design for the proposed project and would like your input in regards to the alternatives that have been prepared. Your input shall assist in determining how the project is implemented. CDPR is interested in your opinions regarding the proposed alternatives as well as support of any of the alternatives that shall be presented. The project shall meet the definition of a Historic Unit (PRC 5019.59), while providing Immediate Public Use (IPU). IPU shall provide for interpretation, circulation, landscaping and parking to allow for immediate visitor use.

As required by CEQA, a range of alternatives have been prepared that “feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the project but would avoid or substantially lessen any of the significant effects of the project…”

CDPR is currently considering a Preferred Alternative that will result in the demolition of a potentially eligible National/California Register resource. As a result of this decision, CDPR is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which proposes an alternative(s) to reduce impact to this potentially eligible historic resource.
CDPR is striving to meet the goal of providing public access as well as restoring the historical landscape of the site to be compatible with the National Register District. Removal of the Complex would meet the OTSDSHP General Plan’s goals to remove non-compatible modern era structures and re-create the nineteenth century landscape. Removal of the Complex would also provide an unimpeded view and improved entrance into OTSDHP from Taylor Street

Primary scope elements of the project include:

1. Abatement and removal of hazardous materials from the Complex and disposal of materials in an appropriate manner. Asbestos and lead paint are the primary hazardous materials.
2. Demolition of the office complex totaling 115,735 square feet and associated site improvements. The connected buildings making up the complex were built in three phases from 1951 to 1964. This effort may include footings, foundations and basement as well as site features such as the courtyard and parking areas.
3. Completion of archeological investigations to identify and mitigate any impacts to potential subsurface cultural and historical resources. This will allow for resource preservation and interpretation of historically significant cultural resources.
4. Construction of IPU facilities to allow for public use of the site.

The project will incorporate sustainable technology and materials such as permeable parking surfaces to allow water percolation and drought tolerant plants. Plantings will be reflective of the historic vegetation that once occupied this early settlement and riverfront location during the historic period.
The project APE is adjacent to the Old Town San Diego National Register of Historic Places District within OTSDSHP. The site has the potential for subsurface archaeological resources and is a culturally sensitive property.

FUTURE PUBLIC REVIEW

Future opportunity for public review shall occur with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, anticipated for release in December 2014.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

Questions or comments may be e-mailed or addressed to the environmental coordinator found in the right-hand margin.

NEWS
"State park looks to grow" - News Article

SUMMARY

This project will abate, demolish and remove the former Caltrans office buildings
located at the southwest corner of Juan and Taylor Streets, adjacent to Old Town San Diego
State Historic Park. Also, part of this project is to construct an immediate
public use (IPU) area which will require preliminary archeological investigations,
resource protection and site work to establish a parking area, pedestrian circulation,
basic landscape and minor interpretive elements.

BACKGROUND
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (SHP) is located in San Diego California,
bounded by Wallace, Juan, Congress and Twiggs Streets. The project site which is the
former Caltrans office buildings is located at the southwest corner of Juan and Taylor
Streets, immediately adjacent to Old Town San Diego SHP.

The Caltrans office buildings are two-story structures with a penthouse level, a
basement area, and a small walled-in parking area and courtyard. The buildings were
constructed from 1961 through 1963, and sit on an approximately 2.4 acre site.
Being built in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, the buildings are known to contain hazardous
materials ranging from asbestos to lead paint. These contaminated materials will need
to be abated, removed and transported to designated and approved dumpsites.

Old Town San Diego SHP is located at the site of the first Spanish Colonial settlement
in Alta California, and interprets the initial civilian settlement that evolved from those
pioneering institutions into today’s modern City of San Diego. The Park focuses its
interpretive era on the period of 1820 to 1872 when the small community was the center
of regional activity and development. This is accomplished through preserved original
structures and sites, and historically significant reconstructed sites, buildings, and
landscapes, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in historic character
and a variety of interpretive programs.

PROPOSED WORK
This project will abate, demolish and remove the former Caltrans office buildings located
at the southwest corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town San Diego SHP. The
project also will construct immediate public use (IPU) facilities on the site to allow visitor
access to and use of the site. In particular, the project will:

• Abate and remove hazardous materials from the former Caltrans office buildings
and dispose of materials in appropriate manner. This is a significant effort due to
the era in which the buildings were constructed. Asbestos and lead paint are the
primary hazardous materials issues.

• Demolish the buildings totaling approximately 116,000 square feet and
associated site improvements. This effort includes footing, foundations and
basement as well as site features such as courtyard and parking area.

• Construct immediate public use (IPU) facilities to allow public use and access to
the site. Visitor serving elements in this project will be a much needed parking
area, basic landscaping and interpretive components, along with an enhanced
pedestrian circulation system.

Due to the cultural sensitivity of the site, the project includes necessary archeological
investigations to identify and minimize and mitigate any impacts to existing subsurface
cultural resources. This will allow for enhanced resource preservation and interpretation
of historically significant cultural resources.

The project will incorporate sustainable technology and materials such as permeable
parking surface materials to allow run-off percolation and drought tolerant plant material,
reflective of the historic vegetation that once occupied this early settlement and
riverfront location.

This project will further restore the historical cultural landscape of Old Town San Diego
SHP by removing the former Caltrans buildings. This will fulfill one of the park’s
General Plan goals to remove non-compatible modern era structures and re-create the
19th Century landscape.

ACCESSIBILITY
The design and construction of the IPU facilities will comply with the requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Building Code, as well as the Access to
Parks Guidelines.


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CONCEPTUAL RENDERING ONLY
Public Meetings will be held for further input.

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