- On October 27th and 28th Kit Carson Park will host a High School cross country meet with approximately 700 runners from 12 high schools in San Diego County. The first race is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and the last race is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. on both days.
- No special events this weekend.
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
Major Projects Update
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital. A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans. A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016. A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. A modified building plan to add a linear accelerator is now being reviewed by staff.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started. Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering. The building permit is ready to be issued.
- Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016. The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016. The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. The contractor is expected to submit the structural plans into plan check for a building permit this week.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration in December 2016. If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council. Site and building design concepts are being developed now. Utilities staff discussed the proposal at a neighborhood meeting on October 12, 2016. Another neighborhood meeting has been scheduled for November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration will start on October 27, 2016.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – No change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive. The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings. The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading. The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors. The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time. Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12. Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016.
- John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) – No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson site at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway. Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. The grading plans are now in plan check.
- Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats. The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015. Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and are being reviewed by staff and Esgil.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for five phases involving 44 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing. All five final maps in the project have now recorded. Precise grading plans for all phases have now been approved.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents. The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions. Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner. Grading and building plans are nearing approval.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. The Final Map is scheduled to go to City Council for approval on October 19. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved. Final edits to the project CC&Rs are expected to be submitted soon. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016. Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. A demolition permit for the historic structures on-site has been issued following completion of the required mitigation and work is expected to commence soon.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016. Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence. On September 13, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development. The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016.
- The Building Division issued 82 permits for the week with a total valuation of $280,774. Permits were for room additions, roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous. Nine tenant improvement permits were issued this week.
- 31 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,061 solar permits this year compared to 1,080 issued for the same time last year.
- Counter techs assisted, on average, 32 customers per day with 35 customers on Friday.
- Building inspections averaged 33 inspections per day. 34 inspections were requested on Friday. There were 4 inspections held over on Friday.
- So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,219 permits, compared to 2,985 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $53,330,524 compared to $40,886,915 for last year.
- 57 new single-family dwellings permits have been issued this year as compared with 17 issued for same time last year.
- The construction of the formerly abandoned City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd is continuing and scaffolding for the podium is being set.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd has received foundation and masonry grout inspections.
- The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received inspections for the 2nd floor slab and the 3rd story walls are being framed.
- SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E Valley Pkwy.
- Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel.
- In-house plan review is very busy and plans are averaging close to 30 days on the initial review and 10 to 15 days on resubmittals.
- Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes.
- As of October 17, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 497 cases. During the prior week, 51 new cases were opened, and 52 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 11 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 89 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 58 new licenses and received 25 new applications, in addition to 186 renewals.
- 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is concentrating his paving repair effort in the Old Escondido Historical District in preparation to the arrival of the ARAM surface contractor who has been delayed until November 8. This delay will provide the City’s contractor with the needed time to successfully complete his portion of the surface restoration. The crack filling operation is continuing along West Valley Parkway between the I-15 off ramp and Centre City Parkway this week.
- SoCal Water$mart Program: The City has received a $54,000 grant from the SoCal Water$mart Program to install 48 weather smart controllers for operation in 30 zones within the City’s Landscape Maintenance District (LMD). The controllers will operate on a radio-cell communication system and will adjust watering to the weather for 1,020 irrigation stations. The city has also received an additional $6,500 to purchase 2,171 rotating nozzle heads that will operate in 20 zones, further enhancing water efficiency by an estimated twenty percent.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): The contractor is beginning to remove all temporary construction erosion measures this week in preparation of the project close out.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete. The next phase of the operation is the testing of the new pipe. The construction of new water services to the existing residences is proceeding this week. The project has received occupancy for 32 units to date.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The importation of material to complete the pads associated with the project north of Lehner Avenue has resumed week.
- City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue No changes from the following update reported last week: The project has a closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenue which will be in place for 8 months. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard.
- Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are in the jurisdiction of San Diego County are continuing. The construction of the protective concrete structure has been completed for the Rincon del Diablo water main along Vista Avenue. On-site activity includes the installation of the dry utilities, as well as preparing for the installation of concrete and roadway improvements associated with the 10 new model homes.
- Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Two 6” diameter water line siphons were completed last week during two 17-hour night time operations. The construction of the remaining 3 water line laterals was started this week to connect to the city’s existing 12” diameter water main.
- Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway The work for installing the new water main in Washington Avenue has begun with the excavation of the wet tap pit. The new connection to the existing water main will occur next Monday
- Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue @ Bear Valley Parkway The grading contractor is set to resume importing operation this week after modifications were made to the project’s construction entrance and site sweeping requirements.
Future capital improvements
- East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: On 9-21-16 the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project. The last environmental permit has been acquired. Staff received SDG&E’s finalized plans to underground existing overhead cables on 9/27/16. Upon staff review, revisions to the plans require additional right-of- way. Staff has scheduled a meeting with SDG&E and other Utility agencies for November 2 to address this matter and determine timelines for Utility work once the project starts. As part of the permit requirements the existing fruit stand located at the corner Valley Parkway and Bevin Road must be removed. The City has solicited bids for the demolition and removal of the existing structure. The City is working closely with SDG&E to process this request, which is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.
- Jim Stone Pool: This project will remove existing plaster from both pools at this facility, repair any leaks, rusting rebar, replace existing lights with LED fixtures, bring all pool elements up to current standards, re-plaster the pool, and replace any pool equipment (pumps, filters, etc.) that are old or undersized with the correct equipment. The project consultant submitted updated 100% plans on 10/20/16. Staff is distributing them for a final review and will notify the consultant if any remaining changes are needed. Once project plans and specifications are finalized staff will work to advertise the project for bids.
PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDING MAINTENANCE:
- The main entryway to the Park Avenue Community Center (facing Park Avenue) has been rebuilt and painted. New drip irrigation and landscaping has also been installed by the Operations division of Public Works.
- On October 21, 2016, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Lincoln Ave to investigate a man sleeping in a vehicle. Upon arriving, Officers contacted an adult male who was found to be in possession of 48 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle. Officers also located stolen property inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the suspect was wanted in connection with an attempt homicide in Anaheim, CA. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- The Escondido Police Department participated in the DEA’s 12th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event was held on October 22, 2016, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters building, located at 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy. Staff was on-hand to accept and properly dispose of any unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs. The service was free and anonymous. Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said, “"The theft and abuse of prescription drugs is a real concern in Escondido. Drug take back events are a safe, secure, and convenient way for the community to safely dispose of unwanted medications.”
- On October 22, 2016, Captain Kogler participated in a "Mobile Consul" event sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and hosted by the First United Methodist Church on South Kalmia St. This event was attended by several hundred people and was a great opportunity to remind members of the community that the police department wants to be a resource for them regardless of their current immigration status. The police department was well received and had a significant number of positive interactions with attendees. Consul General Marcela Celorio was in attendance and expressed her appreciation to the PD for attending.
- Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission. The award was presented on October 14, 2016, at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Awards ceremony. He will be recognized by the City Council at the November 2 City Council meeting.