August 8, 2019

National Night Out Brings Community Together
On August 6, the Escondido Police Department and Escondido Education Compact hosted this year’s National Night Out at the East Valley Community Center. This event connects the community and police officers to help fight crime and share safety information with residents. San Diego’s NBC7 highlighted the event and spoke to officers about its importance. Click the video below to watch the segment. 10th Annual Police Athletic League Basketball Game this Weekend!
The Escondido Police Athletic League's Annual Basketball Game is this Saturday, August 10. Tickets are now available at the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters, East Valley Community Center, City Hall, and will be available at the door the day of the event.
All proceeds support PAL, an after-school athletic and education program for Escondido children and teens. PAL benefits approximately 700 youths during the year.  PAL’s mission is to work with children to build their confidence and steer them away from alcohol, drugs and gangs. Water Department Contributes to Worldwide Study
The City’s HARRF Water Quality Laboratory provided samples of sewage influent for the last few years to San Diego State University as part of a worldwide study of coliphage and the human gut microbiome. You can read more about the study and its findings hereMeet the Mayor
Meet the Mayor next Tuesday, August 13 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Synergy CoWorking Centre. These meetings are an opportunity for residents, business owners and other members of the Escondido community to meet the new mayor in an informal setting. No purchase or RSVP is required. Location: Synergy CoWorking Centre - 140 N. Escondido Blvd. 
For more information, contact Michelle Geller, Economic Development Manager, at mgeller@escondido.org or 760-839-4587.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works 

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

Police:

July Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through August 3 of each year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Incidents:

Robbery Suspect Arrested After Running Out of Gas
On July 28 at around 10:20 a.m. an unknown adult male attempted a robbery of Pizza Time at 501 W. Felicita Ave.  The would-be robber was unsuccessful and fled the business in a white Dodge Charger.  Around 4:05 p.m. the same suspect robbed a woman while she was at the Wells Fargo ATM at 315 W. Mission Ave.  The suspect fled on foot.  Officers arrived to the second robbery within two minutes and found the suspect at a gas station in the 200 block of W. Washington Ave.  A short time later, the suspects stolen get-away car was found.  The investigation appears to indicate that the suspect ran out of gas after the first robbery attempt, robbed a woman, fled to a gas station, bought bottles of water and filled said bottles with gasoline (presumably for his get-away car).  Unfortunately for the robber, officers arrested him before he could escape.  Angel Sanchez (23-year-old resident of Escondido) was arrested on robbery, attempted robbery, and auto-theft charges.   

Man Arrested in Shooting Incident
On July 29 at 7:55 p.m. an adult male approached a group of people in the 1600 block of E. Mission Ave.  For a yet to be determined reason, the suspect produced a handgun and fired at the group striking one adult male victim.  The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital.  The suspect ran from the area, but was located by officers and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.  Events leading up to the shooting are still under investigation.  Daniel Luna (39-year-old resident of Escondido) was arrested on numerous charges related to weapon possession, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Hit and Run Suspect Arrested, Spits Blood on Officers
On August 3 at 5:28 p.m., officers responded to a hit and run traffic collision near the intersection of Lincoln Ave. and Goldenrod St.  Upon their arrival, officers discovered that there had been two separate hit and run collisions, leaving one person injured.  A license plate of the suspect car was obtained.  Officers responded to the registered owners address where they found the suspect and his damaged vehicle.  The suspect was determined to be under the influence and was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run.  Following his arrest, the suspect became combative with officers, and with a bloody mouth, intentionally spit blood on both officers.  Taylor Sedlacek (22-year-old resident of Escondido) was charged with hit and run, driving under the influence, and felony resisting arrest.  Both officers were treated at a local hospital.

COPPS:
The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 3 arrest
  • 5 citations
  • 19 extra patrols

Events:

On July 30, Sergeant Ryan Banks attended a community BBQ at The Crossings at Escondido Manor Apartments.  We are not sure who had more fun, the kids or Sgt. Banks.  Regardless, we are certain that this event was the highlight of everyone’s day, and the perfect representation of community policing in Escondido.

Tip of the Week:
Proper lighting is one simple step that residents can take to discourage night time criminal behavior.  Consider leaving a few lights on inside your home, or even placing some lights on timers when you will be away for extended periods of time.  Additionally, leave porch lights on and consider installing motion sensing lights.  Finally, be sure to report street lighting outages as soon as possible.  The easiest way to do so is through the City of Escondido Report-It phone app.  Please visit https://www.escondido.org/report-it.aspx for details about the app, or to file an online report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

The Fire Department’s three-week in-house training academy was completed last Friday by recently promoted Firefighter Paramedics Jacob Marshall and Thomas Stillman. The intensive training included fire ground skills such as hose lays, ladders, hazardous materials response, personal protective equipment, wildland firefighting, forcible building entry, search and rescue, and safety & survival. The academy culminated in two days of live fire training a Stations 1’s fire tower.       

On August 1, the Fire Department was dispatched to the El Pollo Loco on El Norte Parkway for a reported fire in the kitchen. Firefighters found light smoke in the building and indications that there had been a fire in a wall. The affected area was isolated and the wall and attic space was overhauled to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

On August 3, the Fire Department was dispatched to the 2800 block of Anaheim Street for a reported vehicle into a structure. Engine 134 arrived and found a full size SUV that had had lost control and ran off the road into a residential house. There was major damage to the structure but fortunately there were no injuries.   

On August 4, the Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire on Burlington Place.  Engine 133 arrived, investigated, and found an extinguished fire in a furnace closet and light smoke coming from the attic. Once the fire was confirmed contained, firefighters evacuated the smoke from the home. One civilian was assessed for smoke inhalation but not transported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update 

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. An MOU explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements for the hospital has been signed by all parties and was completed on July 15, 2019.  The grading permit is ready to be issued.  The state OSHPD will issue building permits and oversee construction inspections.  A grading plan for parking on Parcel 1 has been approved by Engineering and a permit is ready to be issued. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for a 71,656 SF medical office building in this approved medical complex area across from Palomar Hospital were submitted into plan check on October 9, 2018. A subsequent plan submittal increased the size of the building to approximately 80,000 SF, which exceeds the specific plan allowance for that planning area.  A plot plan application for the modified building design has been submitted by the applicant.  Planning has issued comments notifying the property owner of the specific plan issue. 
  1. Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A renovation of the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts, religious services, café, offices and classroom studios was approved by the City Council on December 5, 2018. Fire approved the building plans on 7/12/19.  Esgil approved fourth check of the building plans on 8/5/19.  Planning approved the building plans on 8/7/19.  A demo permit was issued for the commercial building on the corner on July 1, 2019, and demolition is underway.  Issuance of a building permit is imminent. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. Esgil, Engineering and Fire approved the plans several months ago.  Planning met with the architect on July 18, 2019, to finalize design for the screening of rooftop mechanical equipment and then approved the building plans the same day.  The grading permit has been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit is imminent. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018.  A meeting with the applicant to review the various departmental comments occurred on October 29, 2018.  The developer team met with several departments on April 4, 2019, primarily to discuss traffic-related issues.  Planning and Building are awaiting submittal of a demo permit for the two abandoned residences on the site.  A revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019. 

City Projects 

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.  Preliminary geotechnical and survey work is underway.  Helix Environmental Planning will be preparing the draft environmental documents.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  A revised draft site plan was submitted to Planning on July 10, 2019.  A draft environmental review document is in preparation.  Planning will provide AB 52 notification to interested tribal groups this week. 
  1. 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. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff recently concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies is being prepared for submittal. 

Residential 

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018. Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project. 
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July 2017. The applicant has occasionally engaged in discussions with various departments since that time, but has declined a staff offer to schedule a comprehensive meeting with all city departments.  Another set of revised plans were submitted the week of November 26, 2018.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were issued on February 25, 2019.  In response to a follow-up discussion with the applicant, Planning provided additional comments on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues occurred on June 20, 2019. 
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and includes a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 result from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and those discussions are on-going.  A resubmittal of Village 1 plans including grading, storm drain and the specific alignment plan for Country Club Lane was received on June 18, 2019, and has been approved by Fire.  Engineering and Planning comments were sent to the applicant the week of July 15, 2019.  The applicant provided another resubmittal of Village 1 plans the last week of July.  Engineering expects to issue comments next week.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019.  Revised grading and landscape plans and final map were submitted on July 30, 2019.  The Precise Development Plan has been scheduled for Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  
  1. Aspire (131 apartment units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development across from City Hall on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing for a 106-unit development on June 23, 2017. On March 14, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of 11 Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 131 units) has been accommodated by eliminating all 3-bedroom units to allow additional studio, one- and two-bedroom units within the same building structure.  The project includes 4,289 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, primarily fronting on Maple Street Plaza.  A purchase and sale agreement for the project site (Parking Lot 1) was approved by the City Council on September 19, 2018.  Concerns regarding parking have been expressed; and the applicant’s parking consultant submitted a parking study on January 17, 2019.  A proposed Development Agreement was submitted for staff review on April 24, 2019.  Engineering completed final review of the traffic study and storm water plans, asking for modifications to complete the reports.  Staff is working with the applicant to move the project to hearing, tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on August 27, 2019. 
  1. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St. – The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration resulted in two comment letters.  Responses to comments have been completed and a draft version of the Final MND is being reviewed.  The project has been scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing on August 13, 2019. 
  1. 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 – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
    Sager Ranch Resort Specific Plan - City of Escondido
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  The USFWS has requested an additional time to comment.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  Project revisions may be necessary to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant will be meeting with Planning and Engineering on August 14 to discuss potential changes to the project.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned.
  1. 555 West Grand Mixed-Use Building (Developer: Ed McCoy) 32 condo units in three floors over a parking garage – This 32-unit mixed-use development with 610 SF of office/flex space was submitted as a planned development application on August 27, 2018. The project is seeking a reduction in parking and open space standards. Initial multi-department comments were sent to the applicant on September 26, 2018.  The applicant met with Fire, Engineering, Planning and Utilities staff on October 16, 2018 to discuss the staff comments.  It is anticipated that water lines will need to be upsized on Quince and Grand.  The applicant submitted a parking study on May 13, 2019, to support the proposed reduction in the number of parking spaces.  The applicant met with Engineering and Planning staff on May 22, 2019 to discuss the driveway location and Development Agreement terms.  Fire has approved the proposed hydrant locations and revised plans are expected soon.  Project plans were resubmitted to the City on June 24, 2019, and Development Agreement terms are now being finalized.  The project has tentatively been scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing on September 10, 2019.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018. Comments included the need to evaluate the building construction type for fire purposes and consider the design standards in the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  Utilities has requested a sewer study to assess potential impacts to the nearby Lift Station 2.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included. A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  It is anticipated that the draft EIR will be released for public review and comment in mid to late fall.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx
  1. 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 Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. A demolition permit for the former packinghouse structures was submitted on February 14, 2019 and only needs utility shutoff before work starts.  Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  A vegetation removal permit was issued on March 21, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019.  Utilities has identified conflicts with drainage facilities in the second plan check.  Fire and Engineering provided comments on the second submittal of final engineering plans on May 22, 2019.  Planning comments on the final map, grading plans and landscape plans were sent to the applicant on June 21, 2019.  The project applicant is still working on the improvement plans.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Utilities is awaiting resubmittal of a full set of plans.  Planning approved the South landscape plan.
  1. Pine Street Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) A five-story, 198-unit apartment complex with structured parking on 2.31 acres – A proposed planned development and Specific Plan Amendment for a new residential development on Third Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street in the Mercado District of the Downtown Specific Plan. The development proposal was submitted for initial review on August 2, 2019. Plans have been distributed to all departments.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on seven (7) applications for accessory dwelling units. Twenty (20) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 74 permits (including 23 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $471,736.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 188 inspection requests. 200 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 N. Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering has released Building 6 for TCO and the Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.   Finish work continues to proceed and may take several weeks to complete. A Final Inspection will be performed once work is completed and requested by the contractor.
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed and an additional extension of the temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been granted. 
  1. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has completed rough framing and drywall installation is on-going. Rough electrical inspection has been approved.  A temporary electrical service meter has been approved and released- this meter is for construction purposes only. The installation of exterior wall panels is on-going. Roof framing is complete and roof sheathing has been approved. City Building inspectors have identified construction deficiencies on site and have informed the contractor that no further inspections will be granted until the contractor’s engineer submits corrective measures for review by the Building Department. Staff is closely monitoring the situation and currently reviewing proposed revisions.
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of floor sheathing on the 5th floor patio areas and loft and 3rd floor drywall approval of plumbing walls of Building B. Building C, 2nd floor sheathing is complete. Framing in all other buildings continues to progress.  Building B, 2nd floor exterior framing has been approved. Clubhouse and Elevator lobby roof sheathing have been approved. Building B, 2nd floor exterior shear has been approved and 3rd floor exterior shear was inspected on August 5.
  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete. Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff will continue to monitor progress.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. Remaining Tilt up panels have been lifted into place. Roof framing construction is underway and once compete, staff will perform required inspections.
  1. Models by KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen are currently under construction. Construction is on an accelerated schedule as both models have received framing inspection approval. Drywall installation was inspected and approved last week.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. 2018 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project – This year’s program will focus on residential areas south of Felicita and east of I-15 with major work on Citricado Parkway, Escondido Boulevard, Del Lago Boulevard, Centre City Parkway, Felicita Road, and Bear Valley Parkway. The striping subcontractor is continuing to applying thermoplastic and paint legends, strips and RPM’s throughout the project limits. For more information on the City’s Street Maintenance Program including a comprehensive list of streets to be treated follow the link:
    https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The contractor is continuing to clear trees and shrubs along the channel between Valley Parkway and West Grand this week in preparation for grading the area. Ninety-five (95) working days remain on the contract.
  2. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 – The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. The contractor has 2 segments remaining for cleaning and video inspection. Thirty-seven (37) days remain on the contract.
  3. El Norte Parkway Improvements - The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. The boring investigative has been revised. The contractor has proposed an alternate construction method that meets the boring investigation/preliminary soils investigation requirements. Notice to Proceed is set for Tuesday, September 3. Submittals are continuing to be processed by staff.

 Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community – The contractor is installing the grass sod within the basin. The field will be open for the Labor Day weekend.
  2. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week: The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  3. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The water line construction is continuing this week. The subgrade is being prepared for the curb and gutter along Gamble Street.
  4. Veterans Village – No changes from that reported last week. It was determined after reporting on the project status last week that the Storm Water Certification has not been received. The bonds and securities will be placed on hold until this documentation is received.  
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project - The grading operation is nearing completion. The offsite improvement plans for Hamilton Lane and Miler Avenue are being routed for signature.
  6. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – The testing of the tank and distribution lines to the building are complete and have been signed off. The construction of the concrete improvements along Second Avenue will be completed once the contractor receives the concrete stamp to match Focus Block pattern. The filling of the new tank was completed on Monday.  
  7. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The construction of the new water main is continuing this week during night time operations.
  8. California Bank & Trust – The roadway widening improvements are under way this week along Valley Parkway at Quince Street. The work will provide a dedicated left turn lane from westbound Valley Parkway to southbound Quince Street.
  9. Pradera by Lennar- The construction of 779’ of 12” water main along Conway Drive between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue has begun. The contractor is potholing utility for potential conflicts. Once construction begins, portions of Conway Drive will be closed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This is the final item of construction for the 70 lot subdivision.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Fire:
The Fire Department has submitted a request for a portion of the San Diego Regional State Homeland Security Grant funds that were not used in the county. If awarded the requested $19,000, the department will use the grant funds to purchase ten upgraded VHF mobile radios for fire engines to replace older radios with limited radio channel capacity. VHF radios are used to communicate during wildland fires state-wide. We should know by late August if we will receive the requested funds.