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The project area falls within the Coastal Zone and the Mission Hills Community Planning Area, City of San Diego, California. Specifically, the project site is located in the 800 Block of Washington Street and is bounded by Falcon Street to the east, Fort Stockton Street to the north, and Goldfinch Street to the west (APN 444-414-04 through 11) in the Mission Hills community of San Diego, California. The project comprised rehabilitating some of the commercial space fronting on Washington Street as well as constructing a multistory affordable living complex with subterranean parking on the 51,130 square foot lot.

The City of San Diego, acting as the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Act (CEQA), issued a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the project (No. 40292) that required a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) for cultural resources. ICF Jones and Stokes was contracted by Paseo de Mission Hills, LLC to provide cultural resource monitoring services. Construction monitoring was conducted in two phases, Phase I on November 14, 2006 and Phase II from March 31 to April 14, 2008. ICF Jones and Stokes Senior Archaeologist Robert P. Case, RPA, served as Principal Investigator, monitor, and report author. Associate Archaeologists Andrea Craft and Joshua Patterson served as field monitors while Michael DeGiovine assisted with the excavation and recording of Feature 1. Carol J. Serr directed the laboratory processing and authored a portion of the report.

Mitigation monitoring was performed in two stages dictated by the construction plans. The first stage of construction was restricted to the Washington Street frontage where the respective corner building would undergo rehabilitation but the central building would be demolished and replaced by new commercial construction. Upon the removal of construction debris, ICF Jones and Stokes personnel monitored the excavation of shallow trenches for foundations and utilities on November 14, 2006. No cultural resources were detected.

The second stage of construction occurred in the major portion of the APE. ICF Jones and Stokes personnel monitored these excavation activities from March 31 to April 14, 2008. All buildings and hardscape had been previously removed.

An alignment of mortared bricks was identified in the back yard of 4035 Goldfinch. This was the only archaeological feature identified during the course of monitoring although occasional isolated historic artifacts were recovered by the monitors and taken to the ICF Jones and Stokes laboratory for cleaning and identification.

The brick feature ultimately proved to be a very elaborate septic system consisting of a large western compartment, measuring 9 feet 2 inches (E-W) by 4 feet (N-S), connected by an 8-inch pipe to a smaller eastern compartment measuring 4 feet (E-W) by 4 feet 5 inches (N-S). Excavation of the eastern compartment produced six historic artifacts including a whole patent medicine bottle and half of a fragmented interior-glazed yellow ware cooking pot. The western compartment produced seven fragmentary items. And three isolates was also recovered during general construction monitoring.

The total recovered assemblage contains 6 glass items, 4 ceramic, 2 metal, 2 composite materials, and 2 faunal items. Functionally, these were categorized as 7 kitchen items, 5 consumer containers, 2 household objects, 1 building material item, and 1 other item.

No prehistoric cultural resources were encountered during the course of the mitigation monitoring of undisturbed native soil for the Paseo de Mission Hills Affordable Housing project. One historical resource, a septic system (P-37-029476), was thoroughly recorded during its removal; the amount of recording performed on the resource exhausted its research potential and reduced project effects to the resource to less than significant. Additionally, monitors collected the small amount of temporally and functionally sensitive historic artifacts present that reflect the early decades of the community. The field and laboratory work has been documented in an updated site record as well as this technical report. The cultural assemblage and its associated documentation have been legally transferred to the San Diego Archaeological Center as stipulated in the MMRP.

P37-029476 Report
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Open Context Staff. (2010) "SDAC 431 from Americas/United States/California". In Open Context. Open Context Staff (Ed). Released: 2010-02-22. Open Context. <https://opencontext.org/subjects/1a2fc648-c547-4538-9434-689c7fa7492a> ARK (Archive): https://n2t.net/ark:/28722/k2qv3kg3n

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