SDG&E’s Bear Valley Parkway Project Update
On November 9, 2020, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) began construction on the Bear Valley Parkway Replacement Project along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road/Highway 78 and Beethoven Drive and through a portion of Mule Hill Trail in the San Dieguito River Park. The natural gas pipeline safety project will replace 3.6 miles of 1949-vintage pipe in the cities of Escondido and San Diego and County of San Diego. The project is approximately 42 percent complete.
From March 22 until May 17, reduced traffic lanes may be necessary along Bear Valley Parkway between Sunset Drive and Beethoven Road. Residents and businesses along Bear Valley Parkway will have ingress/egress access during this time. Please plan accordingly and anticipate delays. For more information about this SDG&E project, visit: https://www.sdge.com/major-projects/major-projects-pipeline-safety-enhancement-plan
Escondido Library Annual Survey
Whether you are a frequent user of library services or haven’t visited in a while, the Escondido Public Library is your library! We are determined to provide the best possible library services, collections, technology, and programs to meet your interests and needs, but the only way we can do that is with your input. Please take the survey linked below and thank you for your participation.
2021 Creek to Bay Cleanup
Registration for the19th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup opens on April 1! This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 as part of Earth Week. Join I Love A Clean San Diego and be a part of one of the largest single-day environmental action events in San Diego County by removing polluting litter and debris from your community. For more information and to register for this virtual event, click here.
Daydream Makers Market
Did you know that Daydream hosts a maker market every Friday night from 4 – 8 p.m.? You can support local artists and makers while getting some shopping done. Check it out next time you are on Grand Avenue!
BY THE NUMBERS
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING
Building Permits and Inspections:
- This week the counter staff conducted in person meetings with 142 applicants and were able to process 106 applications and issue 75 permits.
- The total permit valuation for the week was $4,517,936.
- This week there were 311 building inspections completed.
Development and Capital Projects Update:
Curious what’s happening with development projects around the city? See below for milestone activities that have happened since last week. Skip to the bottom of this section for a list of projects that are in progress but do not have an update this week. To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.
Commercial / Office / Industrial:
- Burros and Fries - (MPA Architects) 1107 E. Valley Parkway – An approved 5,224 square foot commercial building, with associated landscaping and parking. The building includes a 1,850 square foot drive-through restaurant (Burros and Fries) and 3,374 square feet of additional retail space. The contractor has completed paving of the new turn lane on Valley Parkway and the final grading for the road improvements. Construction is nearing completion, and a punch list walk through has been scheduled.
- Interfaith Recuperative Care Facility/Hotel – (Developer: Interfaith) 555 North Center City Parkway – Conversion of the existing lodging facility (America’s Best Value Inn) and construction of improvements to establish a residential care facility designed to provide a variety of transient stays for at-risk individuals, homeless, etc. The applicant is processing a CUP for the full scope of improvements to make changes to the number of rooms and other associated site improvements. On March 3, 2021, the City approved and issued a building permit for the first phase of improvements. The remaining balance of proposed improvements will be considered in conjunction with the Conditional Use Permit and include measures to help assure services are provided to the Escondido population.
- ERTC/Palomar Health Parking Structure (Developer: McCarthur Construction). An application request was received on October 21, 2020 to build 1,906 parking spaces at the new hospital campus. The proposed parking garage is six stories. Approval is expected within the next week.
- North Iris Residential Development (Developer: Hallmark Communities) – An application for a Master and Precise Development Plan and Tentative Map for 102 condominiums at the southeast corner of North Iris Lane and Robin Hill Lane was submitted on March 11, 2021 and is currently in review. The applicant had previously applied for an Annexation, General Plan Amendment, and Prezone for this project in December 2020. All project components will be processed as one unit. City Council has voted to initiate the application for the Annexation and General Plan Amendment for a change in the assumed General Plan designation from Urban II to Urban III.
- Casa Mercado Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) – A four-story, 120-unit apartment complex on 2.31 acres on Second Avenue and Pine Street. The project is scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission on April 13, 2021. The City Council is the final decision-maker for this project.
- Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) – This is an approved residential project for 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. Building permits were issued for the first phase of homes last week. Final striping and signage along Hamilton will be completed in the following weeks. The contractor is continuing the installation of new street lighting along Hamilton Lane, and has started the in-track masonry wall construction.
- Harvest Hills (Developer: Concordia Homes) - 550 residential subdivision, east of Rancho San Pasqual. A project webpage containing more detail, including draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
Generally speaking, several remaining pieces of the project must be finalized before a staff recommendation can be developed and the project scheduled for the public hearing process. These include finalizing the environmental impact report, preparation of a development agreement, and a fire protection and evacuation plan for that area. Only after these items are reviewed and staff comments fully addressed will the project be scheduled for public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council.
City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:
- SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement – In January 2019, the CPUC’s Safety Enforcement Division approved SDG&E’s test or replace plan for Line 1600, a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline which was not strength tested in 1949 when it was constructed. This next phase of PSEP projects will include 19 separate projects that will take place in the cities of San Diego, Escondido and Poway, as well as the County of San Diego. Approximately 5.4 miles of replacement and 2.7 miles of strength testing is expected to occur in Escondido from 2020-2024. The first portion occurred along Midway Drive, and work is now ongoing in Bear Valley Parkway. Construction is scheduled to conclude in July 2021. Approximately 40% of the project is now complete.
- Citracado Parkway - The project will extend Citracado Parkway between Andreasen and Harmony Grove Village Road, including a bridge over the Escondido Creek in the western portion of the City. In February, the Public Utilities Commission approved the relocation of electric transmission facilities necessary for the project. SDG&E has ordered the steel poles necessary for the relocation and expects to begin electric facility relocation in June. Bid and award of the actual road project is anticipated this summer with construction beginning in fall 2021 and completing in early 2023.
- Escondido Entry Monument Signs - The contractor has started construction for the Grand Avenue location. When completed the project will consist of three new signs that will be placed at Grand Avenue near the Gateway Center, Via Rancho Parkway at Sunset Drive, and El Norte Parkway near Woodland Parkway.
Ongoing Projects - No Updates This Week:
Projects that do not have any changes or updates this week will be listed here to indicate that they’re still in progress. When an update occurs, the project will appear above in the Development and Capital Projects section.
County of San Diego Projects:
- The County of San Diego (“County”) has been processing a land use application for a new recycling facility, just north of the City of Escondido. The project site is located west of Interstate 15 (I-15) along Mesa Rock Road. The project, called "North County Environmental Resources," includes a 12,000-square-foot steel building, a 100,000-gallon water tank, and a recycling facility for wood, construction debris, and concrete and asphalt. The project was recently approved and the City filed an appeal of that decision on February 16, 2021. The project’s environmental determination was appealed by the same four groups that appealed the County staff determination to the Planning Commission, which in addition to the City of Escondido, also includes the Twin Oaks Valley CSG, Hidden Meadows CSG, and Montreux HOA. It’s anticipated that the appeals will be considered by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors on May 5, 2021.
- State Route 78 - Caltrans, in association with Hazard Construction, will be making improvements to State Route 78 over the coming months. Crews will work between Broadway to Flora Vista Street on State Route 78. At the conclusion of the work later this fall, residents and motorists will see and feel an improvement in ride quality and the extension of the service life of the roadway.
Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from the reconstruction of 83 curb ramps to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, modifying 7 traffic signals with vehicle 2 infrastructure (V2I), traffic signal upgrades, upgraded crosswalks and pedestrian signals, and a Class III bike route. The majority of the work will occur during the night with working hours from 8:30 pm to 5:00 am. For additional information contact Caltrans Public Information officer, Stephen Welborn at 619-913-9452.
Commercial / Office / Industrial:
- Raising Cane’s Restaurant – (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway – An approved 3,744 square foot drive-through restaurant located on the east side of the southbound off-ramp on W. Valley Parkway. The former Coco’s restaurant has been demolished and the contractor is beginning site preparation work. Rough grading has started.
- Carvana – (Developer: Jo Ryan, Carvana) 559 N. Hale Avenue – An approved vending machine car dealership. The project consists of an approximately 5,800 square feet, eight-(8) tier glass and steel tower structure up to 75 feet in height. Demolition of the old Talone’s Meat Market has been completed. Rough grading has been completed.
- Mercedes Benz Expansion – (Developer: Jody Stout, Integrity Design and Construction) 1101 W. 9th Avenue – A Master and Precise Plan modification to demo the existing dealership showroom and construct a new showroom, office, parts storage and service building.
- 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store – (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. – An approved 4,000 square foot convenience store with eight (8) fuel dispenser pumps on the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs.
- Medical Office Building West on the Palomar Health Hospital Campus (MOB-West, Developer Palomar Pomerado Health) – An approved three-story medical office/outpatient facility of approximately 72,000 square feet. The majority of the parking will be centrally located in the center of the site.
- Warmington (Developer: Warmington Residential California, Inc.) – A 62 air-space condominium development, consisting of 10, three-story buildings located in the Southern Entry District of the South Centre City Specific Plan at 2200 S. Escondido Boulevard. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on March 23, 2021. The Planning Commission is the final decision-maker for the project. The next step for the project’s implementation involves the submission of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
- Del Prado (Developer: California West Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. Grading started the week of February 8, 2021, and is ongoing. Building plans were submitted on March 1, 2021.
- Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) - An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue. The developer, Trumark, has nearly completed onsite water, storm drain and sewer utilities and is working on pedestrian ramps and sidewalks. Models are now open, and the contractor is now focusing on new home construction.
- Jack’s Creek TR 951 and SUB 17-0026 – (Developer New Pointe Development). A 12-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 3.31 acres. The site is located at the westerly terminus of Jack’s Creek Road, north of El Norte Parkway, addressed as 640 Oakwood Creek Glen, formally 2888 E. Washington Avenue. The contractor has completed the grading for the new home pads. Offsite improvements (curb, sidewalk, gutter, and driveways) have been completed. Framing has started for six of the homes. Building permits have been issued for the remaining six homes.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Builder: Lennar Homes) 380 residences located on the former golf course off of Country Club Lane, north of El Norte Parkway. In Village I, Lennar has opened the model homes to the public and there is a lot of vertical construction. About 60 homes have been given final inspections. Many of the homes built are now under contract to individual purchasers.
The Plot Plan for the new commercial center was approved on January 5, 2021 and the builder is finalizing the landscape plans. Building plans have been submitted and City-review comments issued. New construction at the commercial center, branded “Basecamp,” should commence in the next couple of weeks. All Plot Plan approvals have been provided for the three neighborhood parks, and when developed, the parks will be open to the public. The contractor is continuing with the concrete offsite improvements and will be focusing on driveway approaches at Country Club and Arroyo Glen. In Village II, rough grading is ongoing and nearly complete. The contractor has completed the realignment of the Vista Irrigation District water main that crosses the project site. In Village III, rough grading is nearing completion. The contractor is installing a new sewer manhole and main line at the intersection of La Brea and Country Club along with private water and sewer lines. In-track curb and gutter has started to be placed.
- Canterbury Gardens Apartment Project (Developer: Kensington Canterbury Gardens, LLC) - A Plot Plan application was submitted on January 26, 2021, for the development of an apartment project at 2402 South Escondido Boulevard (the site of the Canterbury Gardens retail store). The project proposes to demolish the existing structures on the site, and construct 44 townhome-style, market-rate rental units. Units will range in size from 1,028 to 1,254 square feet, will be three stories in height, and will have two to three bedrooms.
- Habitat for Humanity 10-Unit Condominium Development (Developer: San Diego Habitat for Humanity) – An approved residential project involving 10 condominium units at 245 E. El Norte Parkway. All units will be for sale to low-income households.
- Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) – An approved land use development application consisting of the demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units with 10,000 square feet of commercial. This project was approved by City Council on February 10, 2021. Demolition plans are currently being reviewed by staff.
- Villa Portofino – (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd.
- Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment – (Developer: Tony Cassolato) An approved proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – This is an approved residential project for 34 lots at North Avenue/Conway Drive.
- Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) - 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – This approved project consists of a 70-unit single-family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue.
- Fig Apartments (Developer Claude Marengo) – A 15-unit, three-story, multi-family residential apartment complex consisting of three stories on 0.59 acres.
- Reed Road Assisted Living Facility (2525 Reed LLC) – A new residential care facility is proposed on a 4.2-acre site on 2525 Reed Road.
- Iwashita Apartments (Developer: Iwashita Development) – A six-story, mixed-use project at 322 S. Escondido Boulevard for 172 units.
- Apollo Residential Care (NOAA Group) – An approved Conditional Use Permit for an assisted living and memory care facility, with 78 units accommodating 99 beds at 3141 East Valley Parkway.
- East Valley Parkway Apartments (Developer: John Wurster) – A 50-unit mixed use affordable apartment complex consisting of four stories situated on a 21,000 square foot vacant parcel in the historic District of the Downtown.
- Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) – An approved 137 townhome condo unit project, located on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway.
City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam – the project involves a new dam downstream (west) of the existing dam and partial deconstruction of the existing dam. The replacement dam would feature an outlet tower that is integrated into the dam’s upstream face; the top of the existing outlet tower would be demolished, and the bottom of the existing outlet tower and the outlet pipe would be filled with sand and abandoned in place. The project would entail improvement and extension of an existing unpaved access road located west of the Lake Wohlford Marina, extending it to the right (north) abutment of the replacement dam.
- Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility/MFRO (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department; 901 W. Washington Avenue) - Filanc + Brown and Caldwell is the design-build contractor for this project. Grading plans are currently being reviewed by staff. Additional information on the project can be found at the following link: https://www.escondido.org/mfro-project
- Creek Trail Crossing - At the January 14, 2021 Transportation & Community Safety Commission meeting, the final design for the Creek Trail Crossings project that improves all seven Creek Trail intersections between Juniper and Citrus was approved. Improvements include a signal at Midway and rapid flashing beacons with bulb-outs, where the roadway width permits, at other locations. The project also fills in sidewalk gaps along Citrus and Midway. Final plans will be reviewed by the granting agency in February construction funding will be programmed by the California Transportation Commission in May with construction to begin by late summer.
- School and Traffic Safety Projects - Each year the Traffic Commission prioritizes and funds traffic safety projects focused on improving pedestrian and vehicle safety. Projects are nominated by each School District, COMPACT, residents and staff. This year four priority projects were completed, including crosswalk improvements at Oak Hill and Citrus, crosswalk improvements on Lincoln Avenue near Pioneer Elementary, pedestrian countdown timers at five intersections and an Audible Pedestrian Signal at El Norte and Centre City Parkway that serves the sight impaired.
- Spruce Street/Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The City Council approved a Partial Notice of Completion for areas 2 and 3 on February 10, 2021. This ends the construction contract for the storm drain channel between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway and between Spruce and Third Avenue. Those sections will now be maintained by Public Works as part of the City’s storm drain system.
- Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase II – The Contractor is continuing to clean and make repairs to the storm drain flow line. Lining material has been ordered and is expected to arrive mid-April. The work consists of storm drain cleaning, inspection, CCTV, repairing and grouting voids, point repairs, grouting existing flow line, cured in place pipe lining, storm drain structure floor repairs, post CCTV and inspection, overall rehabilitation of existing corrugated metal pipe storm drain systems
- Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. retrofit Project Phase II - This project generally consists of the removal of approximately 725 non-LED street light fixtures and safety light fixtures, and the replacement with specified L.E.D. street light fixtures and L.E.D. safety light fixtures at various locations within the City of Escondido. The contractor is continuing to retro fit the new LED lights and has moved to the South East Zone, south of W. Valley Parkway.
- 2021 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Projects Phase I (Concrete and Tree Removal and Replacement) - The City has accepted bids for Phase I of the annual Street Maintenance Project. This year’s work will be in the North West Zone, which is bordered by Broadway to the east, State Route 78 to the south and City limits to the north and west. The scope of work will include the removal and replacement of over 30,000 square feet of concrete sidewalks, driveways and cross gutters. 52 pedestrian ramps will be upgraded to current standards and approximately 50 new trees will be planted. Phase II of the Street Maintenance Project will focus on street repair and rehabilitation.
POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On March 21, officers conducted a traffic stop. Officer Brown and his Patrol Service Dog (PSD) Roy, responded to assist. Roy alerted Officer Brown of the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia, totaling 18.76 grams of methamphetamine.
PSD “Roy” is a Belgian Malinois who was born on January 8, 2015 in Woudenberg, Netherlands. Roy attended a six week long basic training at Adlerhorst International. He graduated and was certified as a patrol ready K-9 team on September 21, 2018. Roy is a strong, confident dog while at work. However, rumor has it that while at home, Roy turns into a lap dog who is terrified of Officer Brown’s twelve-pound Shih Tzu, Ginger.
On March 24, officers were dispatched to the area of El Norte Parkway regarding a traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers learned that one of the involved parties had already fled the scene. Officers soon found the offender, who violently resisted and attacked the officer but was quickly restrained. Did you know:
- In most jurisdictions, a hit and run is a misdemeanor unless someone is injured.
- If you are involved in a hit and run, your auto policy may cover some expenses.
- Anonymous Tip Line: 760-743-8477 (TIPS)
- Crime Data/Mapping: https://www.crimemapping.com/
- Helicopter Announcement Transcription:
- Call 858-866-4356 or text “Hello” to 858-866-4356
- Megan’s Law Information: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/
- Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:
- Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240
- It’s Up to Us Campaign: Up2sd.org
- Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211
- Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722
On March 22, officers conducted a Distracted Driving Operation detail throughout the City and resulted in the following:
- 30 Hand Held Cell Phone Citations
- 20 Texting Citations
- 3 Vehicles Impounded
- 1 Under Age 18 Citations
*This detail was made possible by grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
PD Book Donation Drive:
The Escondido PD has many partnerships with outside agencies that focus on community engagement. In one such effort, we have a reading program for kids in the community. The Police Department is looking to help COMPACT expand its current small library by collecting new and used books for upper elementary school aged students and middle school aged students to donate to their library. Donation boxes can be found in the lobby at Police and Fire headquarters.
COMPACT is a unique and innovative organization designed to create and implement high quality programs and services for individuals to reach their fullest potential. The purpose of COMPACT is to expand the education and career opportunities for youth and assist them in becoming contributing citizens in the community (https://www.educationcompact.org/).
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On Friday March 26 at approximately 7 p.m., the Rescue Ambulance from Station #1 was responding to a medical emergency in the area of 6th and Orange St. While on route, the paramedics came across another incident at 9th Avenue and Tulip St. where an adult male had just been struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. The ambulance crew quickly recognized the accident victim’s severity, reported their findings to dispatch, requested another ambulance to respond to the original call and rendered care to a critically injured adult male. The patient was treated and transported to Palomar Hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.
On Saturday, March, 27, fifteen community volunteers and one Fire Explorer participated in a Fire Hydrant Painting event. The volunteers started out at Fire Station #4 with a welcome from the on-duty firefighters and an instructional briefing from a City Utilities Department representative. The volunteers were provided safety equipment, a map of the hydrants in the nearby community and supplies they needed. During the four hours, 35 hydrants were painted and inspected in the area of Rancho Parkway and Lomas Serenas! A parent of one of the volunteers commented, “This is a great way for our children to put in community service hours while helping our firefighters”.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, all B and C shift personnel participated in live-fire in-service training at our fire tower facility utilizing the VHF radio system for communications. At the completion of this training, all Escondido firefighters have spent many hours over the past week training under realistic structure fire conditions. In addition to the firefighters, our dispatchers were also able to participate to add an even greater layer of realism and provide them with the opportunity to train using the VHF radio system in the dispatch center.
On Monday, March 29, at 4:49 a.m., the Engine, Truck and Battalion Chief at Station #1 were dispatched on an automatic aid request to assist with a working structure fire in Deer Springs Fire Protection District off of Jesmond Dene Road. Escondido’s Truck crew was able to cut ventilation holes in the roof while the Engine crew assisted with suppression. There were no injuries, however, the home sustained extensive damage.