FEATURED THIS WEEK 

Welcome Mayor-Elect McNamara & Council Member-Elect Martinez
Please join the community at the December 12 Installation Ceremony. The ceremony starts promptly at 6 p.m. in the Escondido City Council Chambers. No RSVP is required. https://www.escondido.org/city-council-meeting-2018-12-12.aspx 

New Year, New You!
Energize your 2019 with one of the many classes, leagues, and activities offered through the Escondido Recreation Department. View the new guide here 

BY THE NUMBERS 

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Public Works

 

Fire

Police

October Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

INCIDENTS

Residential Burglar Arrested
On November 25 at 3:31 p.m., an alert resident in the 1500 block of Wilma Pl. called 911 to report a possible burglary occurring at their neighbor’s home.  The caller told dispatchers that they were watching an unknown male carry a television out of their neighbor’s home, and that the person who actually lives in the home was trying to stop the suspected burglar.  Officers arrived before the burglar could flee.  Job Ramirez-Estrada (26-year-old resident of Escondido) was arrested for residential burglary and grand theft.

Two Arrested after Recovery of Stolen Motorcycles
On November 25 around 11:20 p.m. an officer was patrolling the parking lot of the Comfort Inn, 1290 W. Valley Pkwy. and discovered two stolen motorcycles in a back parking lot.  During the investigation, officers located two people staying in a motel room who were determined to be associated with the stolen motorcycles.  Inside the motel room, officers found narcotics and numerous stolen electronics.  Matthew Spinks (32-year-old resident of Escondido) and Riki Corley (26-year-old resident of Escondido) were arrested on several auto-theft, narcotics, and property theft related charges. 

Officers Save Suicidal Man
On November 28 around 2 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man stating that he was suicidal and showing a handgun in his waistband.  Officers located the adult male near the intersection of Grand Ave. and Rose St.  The subject refused to comply with numerous commands to stop and put his hands up.  Instead, the subject reached for his waistband and raised his shirt as he was attempting to retrieve the handgun.  The man’s actions quickly became life-threatening to all involved.  One officer fired two 40mm less lethal projectiles at the suicidal subject.  The projectile is essentially a hard sponge like round that can be used to gain compliance, without resorting to lethal force.  As the second projectile struck the subject, he was seen dropping the handgun.  Officers were then able to quickly handcuff the man and take him to a hospital for mental health treatment.  The firearm turned out to be an airsoft gun that closely resembled a .357 handgun.  The quick actions of the officers prevented a tragic outcome.   

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.     

  • 13 citations
  • 17 extra patrols 

EVENTS
On November 27, Sergeant Fred Cheatham was honored by the Rotary Club of Escondido with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for his work in the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit. Sergeant Cheatham was recognized for his inspirational leadership and his service-above-self approach to working with the community. 

 

On November 30, Captain Murphy, Sgt Cheatham, Officer Reber, Officer Higgins, Officer Davidson, Community Service Officer Akans and Specialist Kendrick collected 167 "Souper Sacks" from the children at Reidy Creek elementary school.  All food was donated and intended to provide a meal for the elderly in our community.  The Sacks were then delivered to the Park Avenue Community Center for distribution.  Thank you Coyotes!

 

On December 1, Captain Varso, Sgt. Leso, and Detectives Rodelo and Boylan participated in the annual San Diego County Shop with a Cop program.  Every year law enforcement officers from throughout the county come together to partner with underprivileged youth for fun morning at Sea World, followed by a $150.00 shopping spree at Target.

TIP OF THE WEEK

STOP THE GRINCH! 
Package theft is a problem in virtually all communities, especially during the holiday shopping season.  Here are some simple tips to keep the Grinch from stealing your holiday packages; 

  • Request delivery notifications via phone, text message or email. Monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
  • Require a signature for all deliveries to ensure that packages are not left unattended.
  • Send packages to an alternative location where someone will be able to receive them.
  • Schedule deliveries for a date and time when you will be home.
  • Send Amazon orders to an Amazon Locker where the package is secure and able to be retrieved by the intended recipient 24/7. There are three Amazon lockers in Escondido;
    • 7-Eleven at 503 W. Washington Ave.
    • 7-Eleven at 555 W. Country Club Ln.
    • 7-Eleven at 1860 W. El Norte Pkwy. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

NEWS

  • On Wednesday, November 28 the City of Escondido Fire Department deployed a brush engine (Captain Paulson, Engineer Schmeiser, Firefighter Paramedics Ward and Keene) as part of an OES Strike Team to Lake Elsinore to pre-position in case of flooding from the rainstorm. They returned home safely on Thursday evening. 
  • The Rotary Club of Escondido honored Fire Department Engineer Shaun Skelton with the club’s Paul Harris Fellow award on November 27, 2018. In addition to his service to the community as a firefighter, Shaun and his wife, Megan, are dedicated to raising awareness of Hurler’s Syndrome (MPS), a rare genetic disorder that claimed the life of their precious daughter, Sloane, in April of this year.

  • In partnership with the Escondido Police and Fire Departments, The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum opened the Neighborhood Heroes exhibit on September 18th. The exhibit was created to inspire kids to help others, learn about public safety and teamwork, and learn about emergencies. Police Officers and Firefighters spend time in October and November reading stories and interacting with kids at the museum.

 

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. A second grading plan check was submitted by the applicant on April 16, 2018, and the grading permit is ready to be issued once Planning receives information from the applicant that assures adequate parking is provided. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for the first 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. Esgil and Planning have provided plan check comments. Fire has approved the plans.  A Specific Plan Amendment (SPA) will be required to move the temporary parking lot on this site to another location within ERTC.  The SPA application was submitted on November 13, 2018.
  1. Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A proposed CUP to renovate the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts and religious services.  The application was submitted on May 17, 2018.  The Historic Preservation Commission considered historic-related design issues on July 19, 2018, and provided direction to the applicant.  The applicant was granted expedited processing through the Business Enhancement Zone regulations at a City Council Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on August 9, 2018.  A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared to analyze the environmental impacts of the project.  The MND 20-day public review period ended on November 26.  The City Council voted 4-0-1 (Councilmember Masson abstained) to approve the project on December 5, 2018. 

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 and Fire have approved the plans.  Planning provided comments on the building plans on September 19, 2018.  The final map was approved by City Council on September 19, 2018, and has recorded. The grading permit has been approved and the final improvement plan mylars have been signed.  The building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire.  The Planning approval is still outstanding. 
  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.  A revised submittal is expected soon. 

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The City Council approved a contractual agreement with Black and Veatch for engineering services on April 4, 2018. A project design kick-off meeting occurred on June 13, 2018. A Request for Qualifications to solicit a Design/Build firm was released the first week of September.  A site walk with potential bidders was conducted the last week of September.  Statements of Qualifications have been received; and the RFP is expected to be issued soon to a short-list of three selected consultants. 
  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. 

Institutional

  1. 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. The City Council authorized review of a General Plan Amendment request on March 21, 2018, which was necessary to review the request to allow a third floor for the building. The applicant has been actively engaged with Fire, Engineering and Planning staff and has provided several revisions intended to address identified issues with the most recent project revision received on June 25, 2018. Draft environmental documents were submitted to Planning the second week of August and comments on those documents were returned to the applicant on August 29, 2018. A revised draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was received on October 25, 2018.  Staff met with the applicant on November 8, 2018 to discuss the revised document.  Public review of the draft MND is expected to commence soon. 

Residential 

  1. 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 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.  The revised Tentative Map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above. 
  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. Planning staff met with the applicant on June 27, 2018 to discuss remaining issues. 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.  Revised plans were submitted last week and are under review.
  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. There have been three rounds of plan checks on the rough grading plans since the original submittal and a permit-ready letter for rough grading was issued on August 31, 2018 and revised on September 4, 2018. Landscape plans were submitted on June 5, 2018, and a second submittal was received on October 2, 2018. The applicant submitted the final map and other improvement plans on July 9, 2018. Additional comments on the improvement plans, utility location plans, storm drain plans and all technical studies were provided by Engineering on September 11, 2018.  Country Club Lane street improvement plans were submitted for first plan check on October 9, 2018, and Engineering comments were provided on November 21, 2018.
    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. Staff met with Taylor Morrison Homes the week of November 5 to discuss the Precise Development Plan process. Grading plans, final map and improvement plans are expected to be submitted this week for review. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo 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 on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. Fire is awaiting confirmation that Maple Street will support the weight of their apparatus. A Traffic Impact Analysis has been provided and Planning is awaiting submittal of the rest of the environmental documentation for review. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, 2018, to discuss remaining project issues. 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 has brought a parking consultant on board to review the issue. 
  1. The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. An environmental initial study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) were submitted for review on June 11, 2018. Comments on the MND were sent to the applicant and consultant on July 30, 2018, and revised documents are expected soon.  Planning met with the applicant and consultant to discuss the comments on August 9, 2018. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, 2018, to discuss remaining project issues. 
  1. 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. Several follow-up meetings with staff were held to discuss issues regarding the project design and revised plans were submitted in early April, and most recently on August 10, 2018. Outstanding issues include guest parking, drainage, additional fire hydrant and an ambulance turnaround. A meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues took place on October 11, 2018, and revised plans were resubmitted on November 29, 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. Four meetings with the applicant team and multiple city departments have occurred since the project submittal to discuss project design issues, with the most recent meeting occurring on July 12, 2018. Utilities conducted a fire flow test at the site on June 26, 2018. A constraints map to identify fire access routes and locations of existing utilities has been approved by staff and the applicant utilized that map to submit a revised project on November 21, 2018.
  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.     
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:      
    Daley 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 vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss the comments occurred on July 31, 2018. Engineering has indicated that a specific alignment plan will be required to address the street radius on Nutmeg along the project frontage. Fire has identified some access issues that need to be addressed as well.  Based on a preliminary environmental study of the project, it has been determined that an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared to support the project.  A Notice of Preparation was sent out on August 29, 2018, and closed on October 1, 2018.  A Scoping Meeting occurred on September 6, 2018.  The applicant submitted revised plans and studies on October 16, 2018.  Engineering, Utilities and Fire provided comments on the revised plans on November 13, 2018.  A follow-up meeting with the applicant occurred on November 28, 2018. 
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The original developer, New Urban West, has secured permits from CDFW, ACOE and RWQCB. The new builder (KB Homes) filed an application to revise the architecture and reduce the size of the homes. The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018.  Grading, drainage and storm water management plans were submitted for first plan check on July 25, 2018. Fire and Engineering issued comments on the rough grading plan on September 4, 2018.  Second plan check submittals for rough grading, off-site improvements and final map were received on October 23, 2018 and those plan checks have been completed.  The model homes were submitted into plan check the last week of October and still require a Precise Grading Plan to be submitted.  The project biologist and landscape architect are coordinating completion of the biological mitigation requirements with staff prior to issuance of a grading permit.  Utilities and Rincon MWD staff met last week with the applicant to discuss water service.  A third plan check submittal is expected soon. 
  1. Mercado 3-Story Mixed Use Building (Developer: Curtis Lively) 5 residences and 2 commercial suites on 0.14-acre at 510 W. 2nd Avenue – A Plot Plan for five two-story residential units on top of 2,375 SF of commercial floor area and a parking garage was submitted July 13, 2018. Staff review comments were provided to the applicant who then submitted revised plans. A water main extension north from Third Avenue will be required to serve the project.  Additional Planning and Engineering comments were sent to the applicant on September 27, 2018.  Planning provided additional comments on an emailed version of a revised site plan on November 26, 2018, and are awaiting a complete resubmittal. 
  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.  An alternative site plan showing garage access from Quince Street was submitted by the applicant on October 31, 2018.  Staff supports the alternative access plan and is working with the applicant to incorporate it into the project design.  The applicant met with Fire on December 5, 2018 to discuss access issues from the alley behind the building. 
  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. All departments are now reviewing for initial comments. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on seven applications for accessory dwelling units. 22 accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Three accessory dwelling units were approved last year.

Building Division: 

  1. the Building Division issued 68 permits (including 28 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $277,761. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 189 inspection requests and 162 customers visited the Building counter during the week. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. Building inspected the gas lines on September 13, 2018.  Cabinetry installation is ongoing. Permits have been issued for roof mounted solar. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy so far has received final inspection approval and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for all buildings except for Buildings B and H. 
  1. The Emmanuel Faith Church at 639 E. 17th Ave received final inspection corrections on 11/14/2018 and they are working on the inspection corrections. 
  1. The Veterans Village project at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd are requesting early gas meter release for testing. 
  1. Centre City Shopping Center (Centre City Parkway/Mission Avenue) – A final building inspection and Certificate of Occupancy has been approved for the new carwash business and it has opened. Interior tenant improvement permits were issued and gas test and drywall has been inspected for the new Yoshinoya restaurant in the center building. Habit Burger received final building inspection approval on 11/30/2018. Stanton Optical has received final building inspection approval. 
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy is nearing completion of Building 1, cabinets and finish are being set at Building 2 and 3, drywall has been approved at Building 3 and 4 and 5. A Certificate of Occupancy for the first building is expected within one week. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway has completed the slab, roof sheathing and exterior lath. 
  1. The 212,000 SF industrial shell building at 2005 Harmony Grove has received an extension of their 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy now set to expire on December 29th
  1. The Citron multifamily project at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd has received roof sheathing for Buildings 9 and 10, drywall for Building 4, exterior framing for Building 5, floor sheathing inspection for Building 6 and Fire final approval for Buildings 2 and 3. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza received partial drywall and framing inspection approvals. 
  1. No change from the previous. The four-story, 102,774 sf self-storage building at 222 W Mission Ave has received inspection approval for 2nd floor mechanical, partial drywall and roof deck framing and partial framing. 
  1. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf Street has received slab inspection approval and underground plumbing. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received foundation for all pier footings for Building A and foundation and slab inspection for Building B and the clubhouse building and grade beams for Building C. 
  1. No Change from the previous. Foundation and underground plumbing have been approved for all 3 buildings at the new apartments on 917 W. Lincoln Ave. The project has 3 buildings and 9 total units. 
  1. Interior tenant improvement plans were submitted for a new coffee shop on the ground floor of the new City Plaza building, 300 S. Escondido Blvd. 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 351 – The contractor is continuing the tree staking and planting of shrubs along the Valley Center Road portion this week. The traffic signal contractor has completed the signal cabinet relocation for Lake Wohlford Road. The last remaining item for the traffic signal is to activate the new electric meter pedestal. This item is needed prior to completing construction on Bio Basin #4. The metal guard rail system along Valley Center Road at the new bridge abutment was started but not completed last week due to missing components. New mailboxes were installed for the 8 effected residences along the project frontage. This will allow for the reactivation of service which has been unavailable since the start of construction.
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project is moving forward with 100% design. City is seeking a final environmental permit this week. The project is scheduled to be released for bidding next week if we are able to secure the final permit.  
  1. Missing Link Project - Final paving at the pedestrian bridge element was completed this week along Broadway. The asphalt bike path along Centre City Parkway and the flood control channel to Quince Street had legends and striping completed this week. The fencing and erosion control measures were also completed this week. The remaining traffic signal poles for the Woodward/Broadway intersection are now scheduled to ship on December 10. 
  1. Public Service Agreement Maintenance Yard Groundwater Monitoring Well Destruction: The project has been completed with final pavement restoration. This will complete reporting on this item. Final cost was $33,680 for the removal of 14 monitoring wells. 
  1. HSIP Traffics Signal Project The project will provide new traffic signals at Valley Parkway/Date Street and El Norte Parkway/Fig Street intersections. The project is funded by Highway Safety Improvements Projects. The contractor has begun to submit material for review. A preconstruction meeting is tentatively scheduled for December 19, which will allow for the ordering of the traffic signal poles and equipment. The anticipated order time on signal elements has been averaging 24 weeks. 

Private Development 

  1. Centre City Shopping Center - The project has been walked and a punch list has been provided. The project is located at 425 West Mission Avenue. 
  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community No changes from that reported last week: Engineering will be finagling additional houses this week. Of the 179 home lots developed since the start of construction on February 11, 2016, only 30 remain unoccupied. 
  1. Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway - The developer is working on needed items to obtain occupancy of the first building. Offsite improvement along Washington Avenue and the completion water quality control basins are the priority items. 
  1. Exeter Industrial Park – Surveying is scheduled for Friday of this week for the new pedestrian ramp which will determine the final location of the last traffic signal pole needing to be installed. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road. 
  1. Tract 934 – This project is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The grading operation is 80% complete. 
  1. Gateway Project - The contractor has completed the water line syphon installation along Valley Parkway. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department. 
  1. Lincoln Rock Apartments – On site paving has been performed which will allow for the delivery of lumber to the site. The project is located at the Southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue. 
  1. Veterans Village - The construction of offsite improvements along 15th Avenue have been completed with the completion of the roadway paving on Tuesday of this week. 
  1. KB Homes Oak Creek Project - No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is nearing completion of the remedial grading to remove unsuitable material from within the project. This is work is focused on 4 specific areas. The project is located at the intersection of Hamilton Lane and Miller Avenue.