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Former CalTrans Office Transfer to State Parks - Demolition & Immediate Public Use Facilities

State Parks and Department of Transportation (CalTrans) are working towards proposed transfer of property.  This below information is subject to change, and public meetings will be held for further input.  When property is transferred, there will be a period of time for allocation of funds, planning, and reviews for the below project.  There is no estimated timeframe.

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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.

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.

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.

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.





Public Meetings will be held for further input.