Caltrans Complex Demolition Project
New Outdoor Space Coming to Old Town Spring 2020
Starting spring 2020, Californians and visitors from all over the world will have a new outdoor space within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (Old Town). Not only will visitors have the opportunity to connect with nature, family and friends, they will also have the opportunity to learn about Old Town’s residents and the Kumeyaay people and their relationship to the San Diego River.
Starting this fall 2018, California State Parks will begin demolition of the former California Department of Transportation District 11 Office Complex (Complex) located at 2829 Juan Street within Old Town. The Complex encompasses an area of approximately 2.47 acres and contains a total of 115,735 square feet of office space. Non-compatible modern era structures will be removed from this area to create the new open space (Immediate Public Use [IPU]).
New Area to Include
- Interpretive elements such as a Native American interpretive public gathering area, a stage, displays and features, lighting, power, and benches.
- Basic landscaping such as native trees, shrubs and ground covering, and detention and/or retention bio-swale.
- Enhanced pedestrian circulation system with stabilized accessible pathways, seating, bollards and fencing, and signage.
- Shaded ramadas with seating below.
- Parking area with stabilized surface to accommodate 20 to 40 spaces including accessible spaces.
Mitigation Measures and Construction
- The project will employ numerous mitigation measures in compliance with the final CEQA documents including monitoring of all ground disturbing activities by a qualified archaeologist and a Native American monitor, nesting bird and bat surveys by a qualified biologist and contractor prepared Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
- Construction activities will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction will be scheduled with Old Town staff to avoid noise impacts to large events occurring in the park.
- Noise measurements will be ongoing during construction. If the construction noise threshold standard is exceeded, then work will stop until the measurements are below the allowable level.
- Demolition will begin with hazardous material removal inside the buildings.
- Work will proceed from the inside out until the final building shell is taken down. Then foundation pilings will be removed at approximately 10 feet below grade and a basement structure floor will be broken up in place.
- During demolition, monitoring and mitigation measures for noise, vibration and dust will be in place.
- After demolition, the project site will be rough graded and improvements will be built.
- Final improvements will be complete in approximately 12 months
- Project is expected to be opened to the public within one year.
Native American Consultation
California State Parks is working with the Kumeyaay Nation who developed the Old Town Working Group with representatives from the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy (KDLC), Kumeyaay Heritage Preservation Committee (KHPC), Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee (KCRC), and tribal members from the Barona, Campo, Jamul, Manzanita, Mesa Grande, San Pasqual, Sycuan, and Viejas bands of the Kumeyaay Nation. The Old Town Working Group is instrumental in providing an opportunity for the Kumeyaay Nation to interpret their culture and their connections to the San Diego River and Old Town San Diego.
About Old Town San Diego SHP
Old Town Park pays tribute to the cultural influences that make San Diego and California special. Restored and reconstructed buildings in Old Town include museums, shops and restaurants that capture the energy of the community between 1821 and 1872. History comes to life through period demonstrations, entertainment and other activities, allowing visitors to discover the lives of those who came before them and to better understand California's beginnings, including the way of life of the Kumeyaay, who were here for thousands of years before Old Town was established and still continue many of their cultural traditions today.