Residents of Olive, the historic county neighborhood where an 1820s adobe foundation was unearthed earlier this month, have asked the city to help protect the historical site and prevent the property from being developed into low-income housing.
The area is within Orange's sphere of influence and will eventually be annexed by the city.
"We do not want (single-room occupancy) housing, apartments, low-income housing. . . . We do not want budget-breaking code enforcement problems and city services overload, which seem to go hand-in-hand with certain projects," resident Dorothy Gibson told the council this week.
The 3.7-acre property near Lincoln Avenue and Orange-Olive Road where the artifacts were discovered is in an area recognized as the second oldest settlement in Orange County after Mission San Juan Capistrano. Some historians believe the adobe foundation may have been the base of the home of Jose Antonio Yorba, who helped found central Orange County in 1810 with a land grant from Spain.
The Housing and Redevelopment department of the Orange County Environmental Management Agency discovered the adobe foundation and a trash pit containing bits of bones, pottery and other items while conducting an environmental review of the property.