Julian Town Square Community Project

JULIAN, CA - For far too many years now, the corner lot on Main St. and Washington St. has remained a barren and empty space.  Our community has watched the years pass by while this beautiful and strategically located property remains unused. We believe it's time to change that and we need your help to make it happen.

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation is honored to introduce our town square project for a community park & outdoor amphitheater. We're envisioning turning the empty lot into a multi-use park-like setting that will be an epicenter of art, theater and community gatherings.

This community driven effort has been years in the making and various individuals, as well as organizations have been working very hard on making it a reality for the Julian community.

A town square is usually found in the heart of a community & is an epicenter for gatherings & community events. It can also be used for open markets, music concerts, theater and the arts. It will be a centrally located gathering place for our community members and visitors to come together and mingle.

A town square will help enhance & beautify the corner lot in the center of town. It will also help enhance our historical appeal and provide a shaded public space for people to together.

We plan on using the space for farmers market/art & gift fairs,  open air performances - music & theater, Christmas tree lighting, 4th of July Grandstand, as well as for historical and community events.

With your donations and support,  we look forward to transforming this empty lot into a beautiful community space that will benefit us all.


This is your opportunity to forever be part of a community project that will last into the ages. Any person pledging 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.

All donors, no matter what the amount will be recognized on our web-site donor page: https://juliantownsquare.com/index.php/donors

We also have pledge options that include a tree plaque, bench plaque and a prominently displayed plaque on the water tower. Your pledges 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 pledge tiers and corresponding accolade:

$1 |
Name on Web-site Donor Page
$300 |
Name on Donor Wall Plaque
$5,000 |
Name on Tree Plaque
$10,000 | Name on Bench Plaque
$100,000 | Water Tower Plaque


The above depicted plaque is only a sample and final design may be different.

Talk to your friends and family about it. Let them know it's a great opportunity to be part of Julian's rich history and community.

The Julian Community Heritage Foundation has partnered up with the Community Action, Service and Advocacy (CASA), who'll be our fiscal sponsor on the project. All proceeds will be processed through their non-profit and will be going directly towards funding the town square project.


1910 | Construction breaks ground for the establishment of Silvers’ Store.
1912 | Silvers’ Store opens for business.
1931 | Numerous store changes through the years: from a supply store to a Chevron station.
1977 |
Up to 20,000 gallons of gasoline spills from a product line failure & contaminates the land.
1989 | It was discovered that Chevron’s fuel tanks had leaked benzene into Julian’s water supply.
1990 | The Chevron Station was closed & 5 underground storage tanks were removed.
1991 | All tanks removed. Chevron has paid to purify the groundwater for the past 29 years.
2018 | The lot was classified as a “brownfield,” but was cleared for development by the County.



A few community members had been throwing around the idea of turning the lot into a town square for some time. Many community members agreed that a town square was the most forward thinking use for the space and would enhance our historic Main Street district.

A community group formed in 2017 under the name Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF), with the specific aim of finally bringing the town square project together. They have since made some great strides towards bringing the project to reality.

Negotiations were started with the current property owner for purchase of the lot. Chevron donated $10,000 seed money to help us get started. Preliminary designs were created and presented to both the county and ARB. The non-profit organization CASA agreed to be our fiscal sponsor.

We announced the project to the public and started our pledge drive in early 2019. County board of Supervisor Diane Jacobs pledged at least $100K in county NRP funds to support the project (Neighborhood Reinvestment Program $50k for the purchase & $50k for the build out).

Local development owners, Bob Schultz and Mike Peckham, have offered their assistance to JCHF by negotiating the purchase of the lot and a $50K donation.

With the help from their team at SENTRE (a full service real estate investment and development firm), JCHF will be able to navigate the process with the current owner and Chevron. Mike and Bob Schultz - Julian Lodge also pledged have been actively involved since as advisors on the project.

Red Hawk Realty and our Julian Chamber of Commerce have also pledged significant amounts as well as offering their expertise. Over 50 individuals also pledged various amounts for a total of over $150K pledged so far in just a few months.

We still have a long way to go but we've had a great start and tremendous support for the project. Please help us get the word out and support our community vision for a Julian town square.  Any amount helps. Follow our progress:

Web-site: https://juliantownsquare.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliancommunityheritagefoundation/
Instagram: @julianchf


Start up Costs: $10,000
(Non-profit filing, appraisal, insurance, artist renderings, promotional items, feasibility study, etc.)

Estimated purchase price of property: $600,000
Estimated cost of project build-out: $400,000
Estimated year of completion: 2022

 - Julian Chamber of Commerce
 - Julian Architectural Review Board
 - Julian Historical Society
 - Julian Planning Group
 - Julian Backcountry Collaborative
 - San Diego Backcountry Visitors Bureau
 - Creative Flow Media
 - San Diego County Parks Department
 - Health & Human Services, North Coastal & Inland Regions
 - San Diego County Planning & Development Department
 - San Diego County Department of Environmental Health
 - Supervisor Dianne Jacob
 - Julian businesses and community members
 - Red Hawk Realty - Donn Bree
 - Sprague Realty - Sue Solleder
 - Chevron
 - Julian Lodge
 - Kaitlin Pettersen
 - Sherry Horton
 - Jerry and Rosemary Gossman


 - Chevron
 - Grants - County, State, and Federal
 - Supervisor Jacob – A total of $100k of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program
 - Crowdfunding, fundraisers and pledge drives
 - Community members, businesses and service groups

The building and maintenance of our Town Square will be primarily handled by the JCHF with the support of many community members and organizations, along with private and corporate donations.


The Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the history of the community of Julian and to promote the quality of life of persons of all ages living, working, and visiting this community.

The JCHF was founded in 2017 by Teak Nichols, Jean Duffy Joan Joan Cirillo and Dana Petterson. Kim Simas and Rami Abdel have also been an integral part of the JCHF TEAM. Dana Petterson is currently spear-heading fundraising efforts and project development.

This has all been a volunteer effort born out of our love and passion for Julian. We all call this place home and feel fortunate to be able to give back to this community in any way we can. Thanks for stopping by and we appreciate your support contact [email redacted] to find out how else you can help.


Jean Duffy
JCHF President

Dana Pettersen
JCHF Vice President/Fundraising Chair

Joan Cirillo
JCHF Secretary

Kim Simas
JCHF Treasurer

Teak Nichols
JCHF Board Member

Rami Abdel
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Fundraising team: Julian Community Heritage Foundation (4)

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