ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

San Diego-based Badiee Development Inc. purchased a 4.87-acre parcel at 2003 Harmony Grove Road for $1.3 million, with plans to build a new $13.5 million industrial park. The park will be a two-building, 91,000-square-foot project called Escondido Victory Industrial Park. The project will be Escondido’s first new industrial development in more than a decade. They anticipate breaking ground late this year.

The 2016 Pro Scooter Series is coming to the United States for the first time on August 27-28, 2016 at the Escondido Sports Center in Kit Carson Park as one of two stops here in the US, before heading back to the Gold Coast of Australia. This event has the biggest prize purse (over $30k) in International Pro Scooter history and is one you won’t want to miss.

On Friday, August 26, both professionals and amateurs will be practicing and hosting a Scooter Hut Ride Day for the community to come down and ride with the pros from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with tons of free giveaways and amazing scooter demonstrations. On Saturday, August 27, the Amateur portion of the competition is held for up and coming riders. There are 5 different skill and age levels starting at age 10 and under, with increasing age groups all the way to an open division so that everyone gets a chance to compete! On Sunday, August 28, the Professionals take over to put on a show like you have never seen before! Stop by either day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to check out the excitement!

Unlike previous years, the event in 2016 will take in the United States and Australia, making it the first time the Pro Series has been held across two countries The first two stops will be in California in August/September and the final stop will then be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia at the end of September. As with last year, all three stops of the series will be live streamed to an International audience. These riders were selected via a mix of pre-qualifiers from last year’s event, industry panel selected riders, and lastly an open ‘Instagram Call-Out’ to all Pro Riders. For more information go to: http://www.proscooterseries.com/venues

SPECIAL EVENTS

NerdCon
August 26-28
California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Last year about 3,000 fans of comic books, sci-fi, cosplay, video games and anime came to the California Center for the Arts for a one-day convention of nerds. The second year of the event will span three days starting with a VIP party kick-off, followed by two days of panels on all things nerdy. Approximately 5,500 to 7,500 people are expected to attend this year. In addition, there will be a documentary film crew filming the event.

Intercession Church - Neighborhood Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Grape Day Park

This is the 4th annual community event in Grape Day Park featuring free family fun, face painting, arts & crafts, resources for veterans, backpack giveaways and time for fellowship.

For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial/Office:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Engineering is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – 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 permit is ready to be issued.
  7. Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – 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.
  8. Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering)No change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued.
  9. Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway). The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015. Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site. Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek. FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit. A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016.

Industrial

  1. Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI)No change from the following update reported last week:  The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015.  Esgil has approved the building plans and final details are being worked out with the project architect in response to earlier Fire and Planning comments.  Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering.
  2. 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.  A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 14, 2016.
  3. 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.  A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 14, 2016.
  4. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week:  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.  If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 is currently being reviewed by Planning, Engineering, Fire and Utilities staff.  The project 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 preparation of an addendum to the previous MND is underway.  A Planning Commission hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.

Institutional

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC) – 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.

Residential

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – 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 four phases involving 36 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  The last two final maps for the project (Streets A and B) were approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.  Final map for Street A was recorded July 18, 2016; Final map for Street B has been routed for signatures.  Precise grading plans for Streets A and B can be approved once map for Street B is recorded.  Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016.  Building permits for Phase 5 have been issued.
  4. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue.  The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval.  The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open.  Rough grading for the subdivision has been submitted and is under review by Engineering and Planning staff.  A rough grading permit was issued on August 18, 2016.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.  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 are under review.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing.  It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015.  Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.  A Groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.  Demolition permits are still needed for the historic structures on-site prior to issuance of grading permits.
  15. 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 prior to scheduling the project for a Planning Commission hearing.
  16. City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises)No change from the following update reported last week:   This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership.  The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved.  The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.  On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction.  Traffic control plans are being implemented for the adjacent streets.

Building Division

  1. The Building Division issued 66 permits for the week with a total valuation of $764,851.
  2. Nineteen photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.The Building Division has issued 791 solar permits this year compared to 780 issued for the same time last year.
  3. Building inspections averaged 27 inspections per day. Customer sign-ins at the building counter were busy averaging 33 counter sign-ins per day.
  4. The Building Division has issued 47 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $15,079,199 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,379 for the same time last year.
  5. The Building Division has processed 2,379 projects to date compared with 2,166 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $46,286,908 compared with $33,308,334 same time last year.
  6. Structural remediation plans have been submitted for the three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd that was abandoned in 2009.Work will continue on the project when the plans are approved.
  7. SDG&E is performing a utility conversion and relocation at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th Ave.
  8. Permits were issued for Epiphany Prep Charter School and 6 modular classroom trailers and an occupancy change to classrooms at the old DMV site at 725 N Escondido Blvd.

Code Enforcement

  1. As of August 22, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 465 cases. During the prior week, 91 new cases were opened, and 65 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 42 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
  2. There were 112 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
  3. Last week, the Business License Division issued 17 new licenses and received 29 new applications, in addition to 73 renewals.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Grape Day Park Playground:

The installation of the fibar wood chip for the playground area has been installed. The installation of the new sod was completed on Tuesday of this week. The temporary construction fencing will remain in place for the next three weeks to allow for the establishment of the new sod.  Staff is exploring reuse options for the eucalyptus tree stump.   

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:

The contractor is continuing to replace existing concrete sidewalk and curbs and remodeling existing pedestrian areas to meet today’s ADA requirements in the historical neighborhood bordering Maple Street from 5th Avenue to 11th Avenue.  A meeting was held on Tuesday, August 23 with City representatives and members of the neighborhood to discuss the remaining 16 trees affected by this year’s maintenance program.

Private Development

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): No changes from the following update reported last week: All new striping, signage and roadway markings have been installed. The project should be closed out in the coming weeks.  

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No changes from the following update reported last week: The final project walk was completed this week to determine if all development improvements have been completed per the approved design drawings. Three items were found to be missing and will be addressed. The project will be on a September council meeting for accepting the public improvements so the release of the securities can begin.

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
E Street - Model on lot 3 completed
D Street - Phase one and two has new property owner moving in
C Street - Phase 3 plaster and drywall homes, phase 4 pre plaster this week
B Street - Surface improvement (curb and gutter) completed, asphalt pavement completed
A Street - Surface improvements (curb and gutter) completed, asphalt pavement completed
Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • The Precise Grading plans for Street “E” is ready for approval subject to Fire Dept. approval.This is the last of the Pradera precise grading plans.
  • Engineering and Utility staff continue to work closely with Lennar’s Engineer on the design of the proposed 20” waterline in Conway Dr.This waterline design also requires SD Co. Water Authority approval for work in their easement.

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
Offsite improvements at the Ash/Lehner intersection have been completed. Al pedestrian access was cleared for the reopening of school on August 24th.

Tract SUB14-0002 – Lexington by KB Homes (Zenner):
This project is a 40 lot residential subdivision located primarily along Vista Ave and Lehner Ave.  This project will cul-de-sac Lehner Ave. and will also vacate an unnamed and untraveled public R/W when developed.   KB Homes has acquired this project and is currently processing the final engineering.

  • The Rough Grading plans, Storm Water and Drainage Reports were approved on August 18th.
  • The 2nd submittal of the Improvement plans and Final Map was made on August 11th and this review should be completed the 1st week of September.
  • The Street Vacation package was submitted on August 15th and is being reviewed and processed by Engineering and Real Property Depts.

City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue
No changes from the following update reported last week: The project is moving forward this week with the closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The contractor is placing permanent glue down delineation along with post mounted signage for the 9 month duration. The developer is required to construct a pedestrian passage along the Escondido Boulevard frontage to maintain pedestrian access at all times.

Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
No changes from the following update reported last week: The section of new water main in the City’s jurisdiction has been accepted and three services are planned for installation. A preconstruction meeting was held this past week with City staff along with Rincon Water representatives present.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the housing pads.  Water main construction is continuing this week along the extension of Vista Avenue into the project. The intersection work for Ash Street and Vista Avenue is on hold, all north bound lane of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue will be reopened to all traffic on Friday, August 19.

Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • Shea Homes has granted the City a Temporary Construction Easement to construct the Vista Verde Water Tank.

Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard:
Construction of the storm drain in the public right-of-way is nearing completion this week. The developer has indicated that the dry utilities (ATT, Cox and SDG&E) will begin to be constructed next week.

Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership:
This project is a 112-unit residential condominium subdivision located at the N/E corner of Centre City Pkwy. and Washington Ave.   The primary access to the project will be via a new entrance off of Centre City Pkwy.    Also this project will construct a large box culvert storm drain to route existing storm water flows through the project.   There are a few private and public easement quitclaims and a property swap that must be completed to build the project as planned. 

  • The 4th submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, the Final Map, and the Drainage and Storm Water Reports were made on July 25th and returned to the applicant on August 11th.
  • The Developer is still processing the Boundary Adjustment to swap property with the adjacent Motel property and is negotiating for the required offsite public storm drain easement and Permission to Grade from adjacent owners.

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. – Ambient Communities
This project is a 13-lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of the Bernardo Ave. and  I-15 frontage road and will extend it and reconstruct the emergency access gate further south.   The project was recently reactivated and revised to meet new storm water standards and optimize the site grading.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, the Final Map, and the Drainage and Storm Water Reports were made on July 18th and was returned to the applicant on August 19th.

La Terraza Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel: 
This project is a 4-story, 105-room hotel and will be built on one of the last north end lots of the La Terraza Corporate Center.    

  • The grading and waterline improvement plans were approved August 22nd and Engineering has released the Building Permit.
  • The traffic signal for the project entrance off La Terraza Blvd. has been bonded for, but the improvement plans for this required traffic signal still need to be resubmitted for final review and approval.

Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing:
This is a multi-phase project to add 72 units of graduate student housing to be located on a 9- acre parcel next to, and serving, the existing Westminster Theological Seminary located off of Boyle Ave. and abutting Bear Valley Pkwy.   Although the site will require extensive grading, the frontage street improvements are just now being completed by the County’s Bear Valley Pkwy – North widening project.  

  • The Grading plans were approved on August 18th.
  • The third submittal of the Waterline Improvement plans was reviewed and returned to the engineer on August 16th.
PUBLIC SAFETY

Police
Incidents

  • 8/14/16 at 10:28 a.m. officers responded to an armed robbery at the Escondido Lodge, 2650 S. Escondido Blvd. The suspect stole $300 in cash from the business. The suspect fled in an older white 4-door Ford Explorer, which was involved in a hit and run traffic collision at Centre City Pkwy and Citracado Pkwy moments after fleeing the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
  • On 08/17/16, officers assisted the Department of Defense (DOD) with a search warrant in connection with a fraud investigation.  The search warrant went without incident.  Officers discovered seven “Assault Weapons” including three rifles, one shotgun, and three handguns.  No arrest was made, but a naval officer is facing fraud and weapons charges. 
  • On 8/17/16 at 7:57 p.m., officers attempted a vehicle stop at 7Th Ave and Spruce St.  The vehicle matched the description of a suspect vehicle used in a recent shooting.  The vehicle stopped in the north alley of 8th Ave and Spruce St. and three Hispanic men fled the car and ran into the back yard of 718 S. Tulip St.  Officers apprehended two of the suspects who were booked into the Vista Detention Facility. Officers recovered several handguns during a search of the area. 
  • On 08/18/16 at approximately 11:44 a.m. dispatch received a 911 call regarding a non-breathing child at 619 Judson St. An officer and paramedics were dispatched to the scene. An officer arrived first and performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived and took over.  The child was transported to Palomar Medical Center where he is in serious, but stable condition. 
  • On 8/19/16 at about 10:42 p.m. officers were dispatched to 422 S. Date St. regarding a vehicle collision. Further investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. A six-year-old female passenger in the car sustained minor injuries. The child was taken to Palomar Medical Center, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The driver was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 8/20/16 at 3:58 a.m. officers responded to 304 E. Grand Ave, Heritage Garden, to investigate a fight in progress. Officers arrived and contacted several transients creating a disturbance. The investigation revealed one of the men, who was intoxicated, displayed a knife to one of the other men in a threatening manner. The male suspect was and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. 

Events

  • On 08/13/16 seven Escondido Police Cadets graduated from the San Diego County Police Explorer Academy.  The academy is one –week long and broken into three phases.  The cadets learned law enforcement related topics by attending classes on criminal law, traffic enforcement, and officer safety, and a challenging physical training program.
  • Escondido Police Cadet Lisa Flora received the Phase 2 female Physical Training Award.  Flora was also one of three cadets nominated for the Al Edgar Award, which recognizes the top cadet during the academy. Congratulations to all our cadets for their outstanding performance and successful completion of this year’s academy.

Retired Escondido Police Captain Mark Ippolito passed away on Friday, August 12, from a prolonged illness. He was a great man and a big part of PD’s  history serving for 30 years.  Mark was in a care facility in Murrieta and was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. in Escondido.

Retired Escondido Police Captain Mark Ippolito