Happy Holidays from the City of Escondido
Escondido wishes our community a happy holiday season! Thank you for continually making our city a great place to live, work and play! Check out some of the holiday festivities that occur in Escondido via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58kX5ta1fvE
Harmony Grove Channel Cleanup
On Wednesday December 13, Discount Hauling & Cleanup Services was contracted to remove approximately 20 abandoned homeless encampments within the Harmony Grove channel area. Public Works staff, with assistance from Escondido Police Department COPPS unit and 5 Discount Hauling staff removed 60+ cubic yards of trash and 18 abandoned shopping carts in one day.
TransPower Secures Investment from Meritor
Escondido based TransPower, a company that specializes in converting large commercial vehicles to electric power, has secured an investment from Meritor to accelerate their development of electric vehicle solutions. This is a great opportunity for employee expansion and growth in Escondido. http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Meritor-Announces-Investment-in-TransPower-to-Accelerate-Electrical-Vehicle-Platforms-1010525610
East Valley Community Center Closure
Due to the City of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Sunday, December 24th through Monday, January 1st.The Community Center will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd for normal business hours.
For information call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at www.recreation.escondido.org.
Atlanta B2B Packaging Co. Leases Escondido Industrial Park Space
Veritiv, an Atlanta-based business-to-business packaging company has leased an industrial building from Exeter Property Group as the sole tenant in Escondido’s Exeter Industrial Park. http://www.sdbj.com/news/2017/dec/13/atlanta-b2b-packaging-co-leases-escondido-industri/
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Below are project milestones from last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017. The applicant has been informed the lack of civil engineering plans are affecting project review times.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – Rough grading is underway. Building permits are nearly ready to be issued for the commercial buildings. The street improvement plans were approved on December 18, 2017. The carwash plans are tracking separately and revised carwash plans have now been resubmitted back to Esgil. The precise grading plan and landscape plans for the carwash lot were submitted mid-November 2017.
- Downtown Parking Garage (Municipal Parking Lot No. 4 - NW Corner of 2nd/Kalmia) (Developer: Touchstone Communities) – The project is a three/four-story parking garage that would provide new parking spaces and recapture parking spaces relocated from the residential development of Parking Lot No. 1 (Aspire project). Revised plans were submitted on December 14, 2017.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The project plans are nearly ready for permit issuance. The applicant has recently notified staff that other issues unrelated to the project plans will delay their request for permits until March or April of 2018.
- Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development (Developer: John Couvillion, Badiee Development) 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road – The Planning Commission approved the Exeter project on November 28, 2017. The grading permit is expected to be issued this week with the building permit following soon after. Both Engineering and Building are now coordinating with the applicant on a phased grading and building approach that should help get the construction underway sooner. A press release announcing Veritiv as the tenant was released this week.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit was issued the end of September. The applicant has not started construction because he now wants to remove the basement level and increase the building height to five stories. The applicant has been advised that the lack of a revised site plan prepared by a civil engineer is affecting staff’s ability to review his proposal.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The archaeological work plan is being finalized by staff and consultants in preparation for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for approval. Funding of the state loan for the project is contingent on completing the work plan to the satisfaction of SHPO.
- 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. Subsequent discussions led Planning staff to believe the issue could be resolved during the permitting phase of the project. The Final EIR had been scheduled for certification by the City Council on December 20, 2017, until another letter was received from California Fish and Wildlife that restated their original mitigation request. Additional discussions with the agencies are being scheduled for January.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – A revised project submittal was received on October 20, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for February 13, 2018.
- Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Developer: Pete Bussett, Bussett Architecture) 2324 Miller Avenue – The applicant has been revising the project to respond to staff comments and meet the needs of the congregation. The Mitigated Negative Declaration completed a 20-day public review period on October 18, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for January 9, 2018.
- Escondido Assisted Living (Developer: Tigg Mitchell, Mitchell Group) 1802 N. Centre City Parkway – This CUP application for a 71,300 SF three-story, assisted living and memory care facility with 90 total units was submitted on October 31, 2017. Revisions could be necessary to address fire vehicle access concerns and Engineering issues related to the existing retaining wall and a proposed extension of that wall. A letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2017.
- Epiphany Charter School (Architect: Andy Champion, MAA Architects) 713-725 N. Escondido Blvd. – A plot plan application to remove the six modular classroom buildings from the parking lot and complete the interior building renovations to accommodate full enrollment of 697 students was submitted on November 27, 2017. Plans have been routed to other departments for the initial review.
- Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Esgil and Fire have approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The grading and improvement plans are ready to approve and Engineering sent out a bond and fee letter three weeks ago. Engineering and Building staff are working with the applicant to get construction of the model units underway. The City Council approved the final map on December 20, 2017.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. –City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration, most likely in January of 2018. Staff provided a draft set of project conditions to the applicant last week fulfilling an agreed upon timeframe. Staff also met with the applicant this week to review the draft conditions of approval for the project.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (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. The Draft EIR was noticed for a 52-day public review period that started on October 16 and was scheduled to end on December 7, 2017. Additional agencies have since been notified and that review period has been extended to January 2, 2018. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant several months ago regarding unresolved project design issues. There has been no further response from the applicant.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue has been completed. Demolition is complete and construction permits are ready to be issued once title to the site transfers to the builder.
- 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 vacant clubhouse building was destroyed by fire several days later. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. 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: ECC - City of Escondido.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project on November 28, 2017. A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for January 10, 2018.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a mixed-use development on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going.
- The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - Demolition of the vacant surgery center building on The Ivy site started this week. The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. The applicant submitted revised project plans on December 8, 2017.
- Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. A completeness review letter was sent to the applicant on October 20, 2017 indicating the application was incomplete and that Fire and Engineering design issues would likely require a redesign of the project. A meeting with the applicant team occurred on October 26, 2017 to discuss the identified issues and there has been minimal contact since.
- Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St.– Request for Amendment to Downtown Specific Plan and Planned Development (Master and Precise Plan) for five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. Plans have been routed to various departments for initial review.
- Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units with an additional three applications expected to be submitted soon.
- A total of 22 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 982 solar permits so far this year, compared to 1,302 issued during the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 243 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 232 single-family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 66 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building)
- The City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. is requesting final inspection for specified units.
- The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Escondido Disposal is requesting inspection for site walls and framing of the weigh station as part of their multi-phase expansion project.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is preparing for final inspection of the building shell. Suspended ceiling is being installed.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy is preparing for final inspection of the shell building with tenant improvement to follow.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy has received framing inspection for four of the buildings and framing for Building 5 is in progress.
- The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building.
- The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway is progressing through 2nd floor framing and exterior lath.
- The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections for the residential buildings.
- The new supermarket building shell at 999 N. Broadway has completed the exterior masonry walls, parapets and roof ledgers.
- The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition.
- The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received foundation inspection approval for Buildings 3 and 4. Building 5 has received underground plumbing approval. Framing is in progress.
- The new, two-story church sanctuary building at 1864 North Broadway has completed the foundation.
- Exterior wall framing is currently underway at the Starbucks at 302 W. El Norte Parkway.
- The Storquest self-storage facility at 222 W. Mission has received inspection of underground sewer laterals.
- Shea Homes pulled the last two phases of permits (14 single-family residences) for the Canyon Grove development last week. All 178 building permits for Canyon Grove have now been issued.
Public Works Operations
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Day 73
The bridge subcontractor completed the pier 2 concrete foundation pour this past Friday. The reinforcement wall steel and prefabricated wall panels are scheduled to be placed by Friday of this week. The concrete pour is scheduled for December 26 and will complete the last elements of the new bridge support system. The next step in this phase of construction is the delivery and installation of the prefabricated concrete deck panels scheduled for January 4, 2018. The prime contractor is importing 2,000 cubic yards of soil for the widening of the east side of Valley Center Road this week. Also being constructed along the Valley Center Road portion of the project are 9 new street light foundations. When completed, there will be 16 new streets lights installed north of Lake Wohlford Road. The dry utility contractor is continuing to install new conduit and vault structures along the east side of the project this week for the overhead/underground utility conversion. Work along the west side of the project continues with the forming and pouring of two concrete pilaster per day for the construction of the 8’ sound wall along the dog park frontage. The installation of the masonry wall units has begun this week.
Neighborhood Lighting Project
No changes from that previously reported. The contractor is working in three neighborhoods this week potholing utilities, installing conduits and constructing foundations for new street lights. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street lights along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas.
2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
This week the City’s paving contractor is completing the second phase of the resurfacing program with the application of Emulsion Aggregate Slurry (EAS) on top of the previously installed ARAM product to approximately 80 city streets. The EAS product provides a uniform appearance by filling all cracks and has a skid-resistant surface. Work on replacing concrete improvement throughout this year’s program area is continuing this week.
Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow for proactive and efficient pipe maintenance. The final project pipelines are scheduled for televising this week. To date, approximately 99% of the CMP storm drains have been televised.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
Contractors are installing concrete improvements along the model home street during the final build out phase.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The contractor is continuing with the installation of concrete improvements as well as landscaping elements along the interior streets.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The project is idled again this week. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Onsite roadways are being prepared for the base course asphalt to the remaining section of Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Way this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
No changes from that reported last week: Onsite installation of the remaining storm drain system is being done this week. The remaining sections of the project are entering the framing phase of construction. The work is located adjacent to Centre City Parkway.
Existing utility conflicts will be lowered this week in preparation for the installation of the storm drain along Escondido Boulevard.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is being joined with Escondido Innovation Center and will be issued a new grading permit under the name Exeter for the remainder of the project. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
The offsite construction of public improvement is continuing this week with the placement of new concrete improvements as well as landscape elements along Escondido Boulevard and 3rd Avenue. The project is located at 328 S Escondido Boulevard.
Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
The grading operation is continuing this week.
A multi-county funeral procession was held Sunday for Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson, an Escondido resident who was killed in the Thomas Fire on December 14th. Fire personnel and local residents lined every freeway overpass as the procession began at 10 a.m. and traveled nearly 200 miles south on the 101 Freeway through Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties. It continued on Interstate 15 in San Diego County before arriving at El Camino Memorial Park about 2:15 p.m. On Friday, December 22nd there will be a Boot Drive to benefit the family of Cory Iverson. Escondido Firefighter Paramedics will be out at the intersections of Via Rancho Parkway/Southbound I-15 and Broadway/I-78 between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
- On Wednesday, December 6th, the Fire Department deployed Battalion Chief Bertrand and Captain Miller to the Creek Fire as Base Camp Managers. Captain Miller returned home safely on December 11th. Battalion Chief Bertrand is currently still deployed as a base camp manager.
- On Thursday, December 7th, the Fire Department sent Brush Rig 132 to the Lilac Fire. They returned safely on December 12th.
- On Friday, December 8th, the Fire Department sent Engineer Polito to the Lilac Fire as a Public Information Officer and Engineer Brad Bihun to the Thomas Fire as a Public Information Officer. Engineer Polito returned home on December 13th. Engineer Bihun is still currently deployed as PIO for the Thomas Fire.
- On Tuesday, December 5th, the Fire Department sent Strike Team Leaders Battalion 133 and Brush Rig 133 to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. Brush Rig 133 reached their maximum deployment of 14 days on Monday, December 18th. A relief crew was deployed to Ventura in OES 8632 to replace Brush Rig 133. Brush Rig 133 and Battalion 133 returned home safely on December 19th.
- On Friday, December 8th, The City of Escondido Fire Department sent Engine 133 to the Lilac Fire. On Sunday, December 10th, Engine 133 was reassigned from the Lilac Fire to the Thomas Fire with a North Zone Type 1 Strike Team. Engine 133 returned home safely on December 19th.
- On 12/15/2017, officers responded to the 600 block of N. Fig regarding a call of a suspicious subject casing vehicles. The subject fled on foot when officers arrived on scene and was eventually located after a search. The suspect was placed under arrest for a probation violation and was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 12/15/2017, officers responded to the 600 block of N. Escondido Blvd. in reference to an intoxicated subject. The subject was located and became combative when officers attempted to detain him. The subject kicked several officers during the incident. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and assault.
The EPD 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 and community issues. Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.
- 6 arrests were made
- 5 citations were issued
Sergeant Shannon Martin recently completed his probation period as a sergeant and received a certificate from Captain Murphy commemorating the moment.