The City of Escondido will host its annual Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand on Friday, May 19 from 5-9 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza in Downtown Escondido. The wine industry in Escondido has grown tremendously over the last several years, and this event is a great way to sample vintages from a variety of wineries in one festive, unique setting.
Featured wineries, all local to Escondido, include BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge, Espinosa Vineyards, Forgotten Barrel, Highland Valley Vineyards, Hungry Hawk Vineyards, Keys Creek Winery, Stehleon Vineyards, Vesper Vineyards, plus SIP Wine and Beer, Jacked Up Brewery and Stone Brewing.
Proceeds from the event will benefit ArtHatch, an Escondido-based, arts-focused nonprofit offering a free teen program which gives studio space, exhibition space, professional art supplies, and workshops to North County teens aged 15-19.
Go to www.escondido.org/cruisin-grand.aspx for more information and to purchase tickets.
Utility Bill System
The City is in the process of setting up a new online payment system for paying utility bills. Proposals from companies that provide this service are due back to the City by April 28. The Request for Proposal is on the City’s home page www.escondido.org .
On Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) Recycling Division staff hosted the Dixon Lake cleanup event as part of the county-wide Creek to Bay Cleanup. A total of 70 participants volunteered at Dixon Lake including youth from Cub Scouts, mini Girl Scouts and Ameri-Corps. Volunteers collected 100 pounds of trash and 100 pounds of recyclable material. At Reidy Creek, 25 volunteers removed 20 cubic yards of materials from the creek.
The first City dumpster enclosure located in public parking lot #3, has been completed. This dumpster is used by the downtown businesses on the north side of E Grand Avenue and the south side of Valley Parkway, between Broadway and Kalmia. The enclosure is completely screened in to prevent unauthorized dumping and intruders. It will also prevent unwanted runoff into the City’s storm drain system.
Maintenance & Operations
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A revised grading plan recently has been approved and construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. PPH hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week for their new outpatient center to be constructed adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – A building permit for the supermarket is ready to issue once the grading plan is approved and fee credits are verified. Engineering provided comments on the storm water management plan on April 18, 2017 and has noted the grading permit is nearing approval.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
- Escondido Auto Park Association Freeway Sign (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: A building permit for the sign was issued on January 19, 2017.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) - Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Plot Plan and Tentative Parcel Map were submitted on January 31, 2017, and staff review is underway. The applicant recently notified Engineering that they have hired a local traffic engineer to provide third-party review of their traffic study to evaluate mitigation options.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. Revised grading plans were received by Engineering last week.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife and the grading permit should be issued soon. Boundary adjustments with three adjoining property owners have been signed and are ready for recordation. Signal plans have been approved and street improvement plans also are nearing approval.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading plans were submitted for plan check on February 27, 2017 and comments have been provided back to the applicant. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by Esgil.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – The demo permit has been issued. Plans for the underground water service for fire suppression were submitted on April 17, 2017. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017. Planning has completed its review of the 2nd plan check. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is ready to record.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility.
- HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with the permitting agencies will take place on May 11, 2017.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check and the applicant is now discussing with Planning the possibility of modifying the CUP to add floor area to the sanctuary and classroom building.
- Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC) - The first phase is now under construction and no other building phases have been submitted for permits so there is no change from the following update reported last week: The building permit for the children’s building was issued on February 28, 2017. Construction is now underway.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Another phase of six homes received building permits on April 3, 2017.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Planning is completing the final review of the remaining precise grading plans so the builder can pull the remaining building permits this week or next.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – A precise grading plan was submitted on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6. The rough grading permit is nearing approval allowing construction to start on the project.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period commencing on March 27, 2017 and ending on May 12, 2017. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – Several phases have already received building permits with two additional phases (19 homes) being issued on April 5, 2017. A precise grading plan for the remainder of the development was submitted to Engineering last week.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016. Staff comments on the Fire Management Plan were sent to the applicant the week of March 13, 2017. Initial staff review of Draft EIR sections is underway.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: 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) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. Engineering provided comments on the rough grading plan and street improvement plans on April 18, 2017.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A project resubmittal in response to the city’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. The information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant.
Building Permits Issued Last Week
Issued permits included ten single-family homes for the Lexington residential development (KB Homes) on Vista Avenue.
- Sixteen (16) solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 301 solar permits this year compared to 443 issued for the same time last year.
- Building inspectors responded to 198 inspection requests for the week.
- The total building valuation for all issued permits issued this year through April 22, 2017 is $32,240,685 compared with $11,950,133 for the same time last year. Building has processed 931 projects to date compared with 1,123 projects for the same time period in 2016.
- The Building Division has issued 57 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 21 single-family dwellings and zero multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
- Three new apartment buildings (nine units) at 917 W. Lincoln Avenue.
- 43,885 square foot retail building at the former Toyota dealership location – 999 North Broadway.
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and fourth floor wall framing is progressing.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen.
- Escondido Disposal is proceeding with the tenant improvement for the existing building and has completed the drywall. Roof framing on their new transfer building also has been completed.
- Demolition is nearing completion at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd.
- The Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Parkway has received rough framing inspection.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway has received partial foundation approval and underground plumbing.
- The Westminster Seminary has received foundation approval for three of their nine buildings.
- The children’s building at the Emmanuel Faith Community Church has received partial foundation inspection and underground plumbing inspection.
- Plans have been submitted for review of a remodel for the Holiday Inn Express at 1250 W. Valley Parkway.
- Plans have been submitted for review for a new three-story office building at 300 La Terraza Blvd.
- The eight model homes at the Canyon Grove development (Shea Homes) are nearing completion and will soon open to the public.
Capital Improvement Projects
The City will be receiving a $429,095 reimbursement from the State UST Clean Up fund for remediation activities conducted at the former Union 76 service station located at 470 N. Escondido Blvd, what is now the Center for the Arts Parking lot. The City began remediation activities in 1989 when the lot was purchased. In late 2014, staff was notified that funding had become available for Priority 4 clean-up sites on a first-come first-served basis. Staff quickly gathered and submitted the required paperwork and the site was the first to receive a Letter of Commitment from the State. Since that time, staff has worked with the State to provide all back up necessary to justify the reimbursement.
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
The project is now complete and will be presented at next Wednesday’s Council meeting.
Neighborhood Parking District:
No changes from that reported last week: The project signs were installed this past week. Permits will go on sale at the May 4 neighborhood meeting, after that time all additional permit requests must be made at the Police Department front desk. The enforcement is scheduled to go into effect on June 1, 2017.
Jim Stone Pool:|
The demolition portion of the pool project is now complete; the pump house building is wrapped in building material in preparation for the first course of stucco later this week.
Indian Creek Channel Repair:
The project is complete, the contractor replaced the 29’ section of concrete channel wall, installed a 120’ subsurface drain. The drain will aid in preventing water from building up behind the remaining wall segments adjacent to this property.
East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project:
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. Staff is preparing all documents to advertise the project this week. It is anticipated that bids will be opened in May with construction to begin this summer.
Neighborhood Streetlight Project:
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, RTF, Rustic Village, The Elms). Once Federal forms are approved, they will be added to the bid documents for final approval. Staff anticipates advertising for bids in May 2017.
East Valley Pkwy /Date and El Norte Parkway / Fig Street Traffic Signals:
This project will add new signals at both of these intersections. Designs for both projects are complete. The City has received Authorization to Construct approval from Caltrans. Staff is making minor updates to the specifications, and anticipates advertising this project for bids in late May 2017.
Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
The construction of the new roadway along Vista Avenue between Ash Street and Lehner Avenue is now substantially complete, the roadway has reopened to all vehicle traffic prior to the school being in session this week.
Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue
No changes from that previously reported. The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor, lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed third floor.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:New pedestrian ramps were constructed at the two signal locations along Ash Street and El Norte Parkway this past week. Offsite paving will be completed this week along Vista Avenue with onsite paving being placed along a new segment of Vista Avenue. The 8 model homes are expected to open on April 29, 2017.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway
The new concrete box culvert is being constructed through the project to convey storm water under the project site.
The contractor has begun installation of a new onsite sewer main this week.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave. The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is complete. The developer is expected to resume grading of the site later this week.
Palomar Medical Center:
The onsite sewer main is substantially complete which allowed for the reopening of the southerly driveway to the campus. With the expected impact to vehicle parking along Citracado Parkway from the installation of the new reclaimed water main, the hospital has arranged for the construction of a temporary 160 space parking lot on an available pad located adjacent to Stone Brewery. This location will be added to the existing shuttle surface.
Rincon Water/ Ash Street By-Pass project:
The contractor is continuing to install the new 24” water main along Ash Street at Vista Avenue, the work is being done between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to avoid impacting school traffic.
Free Community Event
On Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. join the Escondido Fire Department and the Rincon del Diablo Fire Protection District for their annual open house at Fire Station 4 located at Kit Carson Park, 3301 Bear Valley Parkway
The Fire & Water Expo titled, “The Art of Living Safely” is free to the public. Activities for the event will include Fire Station tours, vehicle displays, activities for kids, Dr. Bonner’s Magic Foam Experience, and much more!
For more information go to www.rinconwater.org .
- On 4/16/17 at 23:40 hours, a patrol officer located a stolen Honda Civic (originally a San Diego Sherriff’s Office case) in the area of Midway and Valley Pkwy. Units coordinated a high risk vehicle stop, with K-9 assisting. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and charged with auto theft.
- On 4/17/17 at 02:34 hours, officers respond to a roll-over traffic collision in the area of Ash St. and El Norte Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and discover a hit & run had occurred. The victim vehicle’s occupants sustained minor injuries. The suspect vehicle was located approximately 4 blocks from the scene, unoccupied.
- On 4/18/17 at 16:55 hours, two male juveniles engaged in an argument over text and then agreed to meet at Kit Carson Park to fight it out. During the fight, one juvenile produces a knife and stabs the other juvenile 3 times. The wounds were all non-life threatening and he was self-transported to Palomar Medical Center. Later the other Juvenile turned himself in at the Police Department and was arrested for felony assault.
- On 4/18/17 at 21:30 hours, officers responded to a report of someone pointing a gun near the location of 1220 N. Ivy St. Officers discovered a male subject lying down inside a stolen red Mercury Voyager parked along the curb. Once discovered, the subject began moving around and was not compliant to officers’ instructions. The subject exited the vehicle and a .22 caliber handgun fell onto the ground. The subject was detained and later booked for auto theft and firearms charges.
- On 4/19/17 at 14:00 hours, a male and female were contacted near a teal Dodge Ram by an officer who was assisting another agency. The female is an active 4th waiver, and a search of her purse disclosed heroin. She was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. The male had a bank robbery warrant and was identified as the suspect in the bank robbery at 1509 E. Valley on 4/15/17. He was booked into jail on various felony charges.
- On 4/21/17 at 08:16 hours, dispatch received calls of a possible suicidal subject standing on the overpass of Highway 78 and northbound Center City Parkway. Officers arrived and confirmed that the subject was standing on the exterior overpass ledge and holding the railing and it appeared that he wanted to jump. California Highway Patrol arrived and contacted the subject; then requested Escondido Police for additional assistance and the Emergency Negotiations Team (ENT). Police ENT activated and successfully negotiated the subject from the ledge. The subject was transported to Palomar Medical Center and placed on 5150 hold. Incident lasted approximately 4 hours.
- On 4/22/17 at 22:38 hours, a subject failed to stop his motorcycle for a DUI saturation patrol unit. A pursuit ensued around the Northern part of Escondido before entering northbound I-15. Speeds upward of 100 MPH were reached. The suspect yielded on his own at Gopher Canyon and I-15. He was unlicensed.
- 4/20/17 – “Please help me congratulate Jeff Udvarhelyi for being honored today as the 2016 Crime Stopper’s Enough is Enough award recipient. Jeff was recognized specifically for making an arrest of an online sexual predator for possession of child pornography. This particular predator established online communication with over 100 juveniles, and undoubtedly, Jeff’s quick response and diligence prevented multiple serious sex crimes involving children. This case is one of many that Jeff has worked with passion in order to keep our community safe.” - Captain Eric Skaja