Funded by Senate Bill 1407
Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010
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The new courthouse will provide the court's central court district with a full-service, consolidated facility for criminal, probate, family court, and small claims services. It will also bring downtown a small claims calendar from the Kearny Mesa courthouse, improving service to residents of the central San Diego area. This project is the largest to be funded under the Senate Bill 1407 court construction program.
The County of San Diego and the City of San Diego have strongly supported the new courthouse in downtown San Diego. The County and the AOC negotiated an equity exchange agreement for a site near the Central Jail, approximately 1.4 acres in downtown San Diego bounded by West "C" Street, Union Street, West "B" Street, and State Street. Some parties refer to the site as the "Stahlman Block."
The project includes a bridge between the new courthouse and the Hall of Justice. After completion of the new courthouse, the AOC intends to demolish the County Courthouse and Old Jail.
The equity exchange agreement includes other features, which include the state assuming liability for any seismic damage. In the exchange agreement, the state will also receive equity to approximately 20,000 square feet of space in the Chula Vista Regional Justice Center, for badly needed additional court operations to address large increases in caseload in southern San Diego County.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance
The AOC is the lead agency for preparation of an environmental report to comply with CEQA.
August 9, 2010, to September 22, 2010: Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) circulated.
September 8, 2010: Public meeting held.
In response to public comments, the AOC completed a Final EIR.
On December 15, 2010, the AOC filed a Notice of Determination, thereby completing the CEQA process.
Architect's rendering: View from southwest
Media requests for high-resolution versions of these renderings should be directed to Teresa Ruano, AOC Office of Communications, 415-865-7447
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