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State Parks Dept. wants land to preserve San Diego’s origins

San Diego's earliest history could be excavated from underneath the former Caltrans Headquarters, if an agreement can be worked out between Caltrans and the State Parks Department. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The idea is to expand Old Town State Park in a land swap between Caltrans and the Parks department, and dig out the archeological remains of the earliest settlements along the San Diego River. Bruce Coones of Save Our Heritage Organization says the parking lot next to the Caltrans building would become a significant historical landmark.

Coones: Beneath us lie our earliest remains, including the Native American village of Cosoy that was here long before the Spanish. This is the reason that San Diego is where it is, because it was on the river.

San Diego State Senator Chris Kehoe is pushing for legislation to make the land swap possible and prevent office development on the site. The property is worth around $10 million. The site may count as mitigation for state land Caltrans needs to widen Interstate 5. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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