County expresses interest in Caltrans land for Spring Valley Park

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The California Department of Transportation has declared a 9.3-acre parcel in Spring Valley as surplus and plans to sell that property at auction. The County of San Diego’s Department of Parks and Recreation is considering that land for a possible park, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave its support to the possibility of the county purchasing that property.

A 5-0 Board of Supervisors vote Jan. 30 directed the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to explore the feasibility of using the land as a park and to return to the board by March 27, directed the CAO to send Caltrans a letter expressing the county’s potential interest in the property, and found the exploration of a potential purchase categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

The property is at the northeast corner of Jamacha Boulevard and Calavo Drive. Jamacha Boulevard is part of State Route 54 at that intersection and is thus maintained by the California Department of Transportation.

Caltrans has indicated that an auction for the property will likely occur in April.

The county will likely use the land for a sports park if it acquires the property, although an off-leash dog park may also be part of the park.

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