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The old Hotel San Diego was demolished four years ago to make room for a new federal court building, an annex to the existing federal court building across the street on Broadway. Construction of the new courthouse was delayed for a while until funds were made available by the Obama administration.

The pouring of concrete for the basement garage and foundation on March 27 was probably one of the biggest continuous pours in recent years. It appeared that every available mixer truck in the area had been pressed into service. Traffic and trolley tie-ups were held to a minimum by a crew that seemed to know exactly what they were doing.

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