The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has been actively working on a new initiative for the development of the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. Our vision is the creation of a Julian town square and would serve as a community park & outdoor amphitheater. Julian town square will be an epicenter of art, theater and community gatherings.
You can help by contributing to our pledge-drive and sharing this information. This community driven project has been years in the making and various individuals, as well as organizations have been working very hard on making it a reality for our community. Anything you can pledge would be greatly appreciated. DONATE NOW...
This is your opportunity to forever be part of a community project that will last into the ages. Visit our PayPal page to donate now.
Donations of $300 or more will have a dedicated name plaque on our donor wall at the town square site.
You can also donate via mail. Send your checks to:
Julian Community Heritage Foundation
PO Box 236
Julian, CA 92036
Make the check out to Julian Community Heritage Foundation. Please write Julian Town Square Project on check memo.
$440k received from San Diego County grant awards
$100k pledged from the Julian Lodge
$60k donated from over 100 individuals & organizations
A town square is usually found in the heart of a community and is an epicenter for gatherings and community events such as open markets, music concerts, theater and the arts. It's a centrally located town space for people to gather.
The corner lot in Julian (Main Street and Washington Street) is the perfect location for the establishment of a town square. We believe it is the most forward thinking development strategy for the empty lot, which will benefit our community and enhance our town.
With your donations and support, we look forward to transforming the "corner lot" into our very own Julian Town Square park.
For far too many years now, the corner lot on Main and Washington Streets has remained a barren and empty space. Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful and strategically located property remained unused. We believe it's time to change that and we need your help to make it happen.
The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has introduced a new initiative for a community park and outdoor amphitheater.
A town square will help enhance and beautify Main Street. It will also help enhance our historical appeal and provide a public space for people to gather. We'll use the space for farmers market/art and gift fairs, open air performances - music, theater and other community events. We look forward to transforming this empty lot into a beautiful community space that will benefit us all.
Much has been accomplished since we first announced the Town Square Project:
- Chevron donated $10,000 seed money.
- Preliminary lot designs have been approved in concept by both the Julian Planning Group & the Julian ARB.
- Supervisor Dianne Jacobs provided $110K in county NRP (Neighborhood Reinvestment Program) and CE (Community Enhancement Program) grant funds.
- Julian Lodge owners, Bob Schultz and Mike Peckham are negotiating the purchase of the lot and have pledged $100K
- JCHF received $330k in PLDO funds from the San Diego County
- Over 100 individuals & organizations also pledged for a total of over $60K pledged so far. DONATE NOW
All donors, no matter what the amount will be recognized on our web-site donor page. Other donation options include a tree plaque, bench plaque and a prominently displayed plaque on the water tower. Your donations will be going towards the purchase of the lot, as well as developments costs for the proposed town square design. Below are all of the available donation tiers and corresponding accolades:
Any person donating over $300 will have a dedicated name plaque on our donor wall at the town square site. We're still coordinating with the ARB and architects to designate a plaque design and exact location for the donor wall. Etch your name in stone among the great founders and citizens of our proud and historic Julian.
Any person donating over $5,000 will have a dedicated name plaque on one of our trees. We plan on having 10 trees planted at the site, which will be dedicated in your honor.
Any person donating over $10,000 will be recognized with a bench plaque at the site. We should have between 5 benches dedicated at the site.
Any person donating over $100,00 will have a dedicated name plaque on our water tower. We only have one spot on the water tower and the plaque is contingent on ARB and county approval.
We put together an illustrated time-line depicting the property history dating back to 1910.
The Julian Community Heritage Foundation started as a volunteer effort towards creating a Town Square for our historic town of Julian. It has been in the works for many years now. Various individuals and organizations have already contributed to the project and our collective efforts have so far raised $600,000. We have presented the plans to Dianne Jacob, our San Diego County Board of Supervisors Representative, and she is also supporting the project. We are working with the Julian Architectural Review Board to ensure we are in compliance with historic district building guidelines.
Our next goal is to raise the necessary funds to develop the vacant lot. Read More...
The Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District needs our help. JCFPD is facing multiple challenges at the moment, including the end of a $60,000 county subsidy they've been receiving for the past 10 years. There are a few ways you can help. Let our County Board of Supervisors know that we want to maintain our independent/volunteer fire department.
The communities of Julian and Lake Cuyamaca need to demonstrate to San Diego County that we value our fire department and expect their support. This is urgent and can be done with letters, emails and phone calls. In the near future, there needs to be a serious discussion and input from the community regarding an increase in the annual tax to preserve JCFPD, or choose to dissolve.
Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District is at risk. Choices appear to be (1) Do nothing and persevere until finances force it to dissolve; (2) Voluntarily dissolve and allow the Fire Authority to take over; (3) Increase the Benefit Fee to cover the rising costs and remain viable as an independent/volunteer fire department.