In order to complete the NHPA Section 106 component of the project permit application, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) determined the need for an updated cultural report for this project which consisted of the redevelopment of the 13.4-acre project site in Vista, California. The project APE was formerly a portion of historic Rancho Buena Vista, although the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe lies outside and adjacent to the south of the project APE. At the time of the survey, the project APE included the abandoned historic-era Sycamore Creek Mobile Home Park.
PanGIS Historians conducted an intensive survey of the project area, recording features for the detailed DPR form for the remains of a historic-era trailer park. In accordance with NHPA requirements and Section 106 guidelines, PanGIS identified resources that were constructed in 1967 or earlier within the APE. The identification included a review of existing information and conversations with community members knowledgeable about the area. Prior to the survey, staff performed a historic title search, visited the Vista Historical Society, conducted a record search, and collected other relevant historical documents.
The report discussed the history of the trailer park, the historical context, integrity, and NRHP eligibility of historical and archaeological resources within the project APE, which includes remains related to Rancho Buena Vista and the Sycamore Creek Mobile Home Park. Based on background historic archival research. PanGIS also prepared a site evaluation to assess NRHP eligibility to be submitted to the California SHPO for concurrence. The evaluation addressed the seven aspects of integrity and NRHP eligibility and included DPR Primary and Archaeological Site forms. All work was done in accordance with both NEPA and CEQA.