2019 State of the City Address
Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara will hold the 2019 State of the City address in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 27, at 8:00 a.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Mayor McNamara will be sharing the City's accomplishments from the past year and his vision for the future of Escondido, and the City Council will be presenting the 2019 Escondido City Council Awards. The program will be led by Irv Erdos from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The event is free to attend or $20 with breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the Escondido Chamber of Commerce: http://escondidochamber.org/escondido-state-of-the-city/

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99.

Economic Development Newsletter Gets a New Look
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Budget Process Workshops Begin Next Month
The City is hosting two upcoming community workshops regarding the budget process. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the City's budgeting process, ask questions, and provide your feedback. Spanish interpretation will be available. More information can be found here: https://www.escondido.org/201920-budget-information-.aspx

  • March 6 at 6 p.m. the East Valley Community Center, Vineyard Room
  • June 3 at 6 p.m. at the Escondido City Library, Turrentine Room 

 2019 Crusin’ Grand Fundraiser
This year marks the 20th season of Crusin’ Grand in Escondido, and this Sunday, February 23 is the annual Grand Champion Fundraiser. This event helps to raise funds for the upcoming season, while showing off classic cars around Downtown Escondido. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information click here.  

Library Wins “Most Loved Award”
The Escondido Public Library won Hulafrog’s “Most Loved Library for 2019.” Local parents voted from the Valley Center, Escondido, and San Marcos areas for their family-friendly favorites. https://hulafrog.com/escondido-ca

BY THE NUMBERS 

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

 

Police

 

January Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through February 16th of each year.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured by Hit and Run Driver
On February 10, 2019 at 4:47 p.m., Escondido Police, and Fire personnel responded to a report of a collision in the area of Washington Avenue and Hickory Street. Emergency personnel arrived and discovered a 53-year-old injured motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, the motorcycle was traveling westbound on Washington Avenue at or below the posted speed limit. A vehicle attempted to make a left turn from a private driveway at 412 E. Washington Avenue. The motorcyclist struck the vehicle and was ejected from the bike. The motorcyclist, a San Diego resident, suffered significant lower extremity fractures and is currently undergoing surgery. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene and was not identified. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark green Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar vehicle. The vehicle has black primer paint spots and missing or damaged front-end equipment.  The Escondido Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the accident or has information about the driver who fled, to come forward. Officer Frank Huston is the investigating officer and can be reached at the above phone number. 

Report of Suspicious Person Leads to Auto-Theft Arrest
On February 13, 2019 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of S. Escondido Blvd. regarding a citizen report of two males dressed in all black and carrying a crowbar.  Officers arrived and contacted a male standing outside of a stolen 2012 VW Passat.  Upon further investigation it was determined that the male subject was involved in the auto-theft.  Michael King (45-year-old resident of Escondido) was arrested on charges of auto-theft, and possession of stolen property. 

Suspicious Device Found at Motel 6
On February 13, 2019 at approximately 12:40 p.m., detectives detained several people in connection with an investigation in the parking lot of Motel 6 (660 N. Quince St.).  While searching a bag of one of the subjects, a green cylindrical canister was removed. It appeared to be some type of foreign military ordinance and was safely placed on the ground. The surrounding area was cleared and evacuated and SDSO Bomb Squad was notified and responded. Bomb Squad personnel examined and removed the device for destruction without incident. 

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.     

  • 2 arrests
  • 5 citations
  • 41 extra patrols 

EVENTS:

  • None 

GRANT APPLICATIONS:

  • None

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

News 

  • Members of the Escondido Firefighters Association will be participating with firefighters around San Diego County in the annual Burn Institute Firefighter Boot Drive during the morning of Thursday, March 6. The donations help support Camp Beyond the Scars, a place where young burn survivors are provided with a fun, safe, supportive, and inclusive camp environment that encourages healing, personal growth and character development. More details are available at the Burn Institute’s website located here: https://www.burninstitute.org/bi-events/firefighter-boot-drive
  • On February 13, 2019 six Escondido Firefighters (Battalion Chief Paredes, Captain Duralde, Captain Hankins, Engineer Wallace, and Firefighter Paramedics Dowell and Chandler) were deployed as a preposition resource to the area of the “Holy Fire” in Lake Elsinore in case of flooding and mudslides. They returned home safely on February 15, 2019. 
  • On February 14, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a person in distress in the flood control channel near the over crossing of N. Rose St. on the east side of Escondido. Due to the large amount of rainfall during the hours prior, the flood control channel was fast moving and at near capacity. Multiple fire units, including swift water rescue teams and law enforcement resources were ordered and placed at various locations along the flood control channel to locate the person in the water. The victim was ultimately located just north of Tulip Street in some reeds and the rescue efforts became a recovery operation. Swift Water Rescue teams, with the assistance of firefighters, deployed a rescue boat and recovered the victim shortly after 6:00 p.m. Firefighters from Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, CalFire and Life Guards from Encinitas assisted in the recovery. Escondido Police Units provided crowd and traffic control. 
  • On Thursday, February 14, 2019 the Escondido Fire Department hosted the Love Your Heart blood pressure clinic throughout various locations in the City of Choice. Despite the downpour we were able to screen a total of 128 people and distribute educational materials on staying heart healthy to the residents and visitors of the City of Escondido! 

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. The grading permit is ready to be issued once Planning confirms 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. Fire and Esgil have approved the plans. Planning has a hold on the permit until the parking issues below are resolved.
    A Specific Plan Amendment (SPA) will be required to move the temporary parking lot on the medical building site (above) to another location within ERTC.  The SPA application was submitted on November 13, 2018, and proposes the construction of a new temporary parking lot at the southern end of the ERTC development on Lots 10-15 and a permanent parking lot on Lot 1.  Fire is requesting paving for all driveways in the proposed temporary parking lot.  A comment letter regarding parking counts and storm water requirements was sent to the applicant in mid-December.  The applicant provided a draft MOU document on January 4, 2019 (intended to be signed by applicant, PPH and City) explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements.  Revised parking lot plans for both the permanent and temporary lots were received on January 8, 2019.  Planning met with the applicant on January 30, 2019, to discuss the plans and management of the proposed temporary parking lot.  The plot plan and grading exemption for Lot 1 has tentatively been scheduled for a Zoning Administrator meeting on March 14, 2019. 
  1. Toyota of Escondido Certified Used Car Facility (Developer: Stephen Myers, Toyota of Escondido) 990 N. Broadway – A Plot Plan to assemble five commercial lots including a vacant used car business into an automotive sales and service facility for Toyota. The proposal includes the demolition of a vacant residence and a small expansion of an existing service building.  The project application was submitted on January 7, 2019.  Planning staff conducted staff-level design review on January 31, 2019.  Comments from Planning, Engineering, Utilities, Fire and Traffic were sent to the applicant on February 5, 2019. 

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 and awaiting minor plan revisions to be returned by applicant.  Planning met with the project architect on January 29, 2019, to go over the requested revisions. 
  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.  Another round of comments related to the proposed specific plan have also been provided.  The developer recently indicated a revised submittal including the remaining environmental documents will likely be ready in about two weeks. 

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 Request for Qualifications to solicit a Design/Build firm was released the first week of September 2018. The RFP was issued to a short-list of three selected consultants with a deadline of December 20, 2018, to submit their proposals.  On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility to another location.  Utilities staff are investigating the feasibility of moving the MFRO to city property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue.  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.  The AB 52 consultation letter will be sent to interested tribes next 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. 

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. A neighborhood meeting to discuss the project with interested residents was held on January 30, 2019.  Public review of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) closed on February 11, 2019, and no public comments were received.  A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for March 12, 2019. 

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.  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. 
  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 and Engineering comments on the revised plans were issued on February 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. 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.  A tree removal permit to remove trees on the former golf course property was issued by Planning on December 19, 2018.  Fourth plan check for the Village 1 rough grading, improvement plans and landscape plans were submitted January 18, 2019, and Engineering comments are expected to be issued this 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 comments were returned on January 18, 2019 and additional comments were sent on January 25, 2019.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  The Certified Tentative Map was submitted for substantial conformance review on February 7, 2019. 
  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’s parking consultant submitted a parking study on January 17, 2019. 
  1. The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing for a 95-unit development on June 23, 2017. On February 8, 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 127 units) was accommodated by adding another story to the development resulting in a five-story residential building up to 63 feet in height.  While the building footprint is nearly identical to the previous design, the proposal also adds 1,175 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor at the corner of Second Avenue/Ivy Street.  All departments are conducting their initial review of the revised plans. 
  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. The Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the project on February 12, 2019.  A City Council hearing is anticipated in March or April. 
  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. Multiple meetings with the applicant have taken place since the project submittal to discuss project design issues. 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.  Staff comments from Planning, Engineering, Utilities and Fire were returned to the applicant on December 27, 2018.  A follow-up meeting with Planning occurred on January 15, 2019, and revised project plans were submitted on February 12, 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.
    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. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. Engineering has indicated that a specific alignment plan will be required to address the street radius on Nutmeg along the project frontage. 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.  Follow-up meetings with the applicant occurred on November 28, 2018 and February 6, 2019.  Traffic Engineering provided comments on the Traffic Impact Analysis on December 10, 2019.  Staff comments on the first screen check draft of the EIR were issued on January 14, 2019.  The applicant team met with Engineering and resubmitted revised plans and the second screen check draft of the EIR on February 6, 2019. 
  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 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 and off-site improvements were received on October 23, 2018 and those plan checks have been completed.  Fence and wall plans were submitted the second week of December.  The model homes were submitted into plan check the last week of October and still require a Precise Grading Plan to be submitted.  A fourth plan check of the rough grading plan was received on January 28, 2019, and Engineering comments are expected to be issued this week.  Second plan check submittal for the final map and third submittal for the on-site improvements is expected to be received this week.  On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed in three of the four identified areas and a clearance letter from DTSC will be required prior to issuance of a grading permit.  Planning has approved the entry guardhouse and project identification signs. 
  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. Additional Planning and Engineering comments were sent to the applicant on September 27, 2018, and a revised project submittal was received on December 11, 2018.  Comments from Fire, Utilities and Planning on the revised plans were sent to the applicant on January 2, 2019.  Staff design review was completed on January 3, 2019, and comments were provided to the applicant.  Utilities provided water line information to the applicant on January 31, 2019.  Staff is awaiting submittal of revised plans. 
  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.  Engineering has agreed to accept a public utilities easement along Quince Street in lieu of a dedication of public right-of-way.  This easement along with a revision to provide vehicular access from Second Avenue are expected to be incorporated into revised project plans and submitted with an updated Traffic Impact Analysis next week. 
  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 staff have had several follow-up conversations with the applicant team and are awaiting revised plans. 
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 424 multi-family units in 33 buildings – 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. The project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  The initial plan submittal was presented to the Board of the Downtown Business Association on January 9, 2019, the Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce on January 10, 2019 and the Old Escondido Neighborhood Group on February 20, 2019.  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. 
  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. Trumark Homes acquired the property in 2018 and intends to complete the subdivision. A revised substantial conformance plan for the Certified Tentative Map was submitted January 15, 2019 and approved the last week of January.  Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for review on February 12, 2019.  A demolition permit for the former packinghouse structures was submitted on February 14, 2019.  Planning provided comments on the demo permit on February 20, 2019. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units. Two accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. 24 accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 62 permits (including 28 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $217,278. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 154 inspection requests with nine holdovers on Friday. 136 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 approved the temporary gas and electrical release on January 22, 2019. 
  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. No change from the previous. 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 has received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for testing and employee setup. 
  1. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 N. Center City Pkwy has received a 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Building 1 and Fire final approval for Building 3. They have requested final inspection for Building 2. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway has completed exterior lath and drywall. 
  1. The Citron multi-family project at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. has received framing approval for Building 8, drywall approval for Building 7, Fire final inspection for Building 4, and electrical meter release for Buildings 9 and 10. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105-room Springhill Suites hotel at 200 La Terraza received drywall approval and suspended ceiling approval. 
  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 rough electrical at the first floor and suspended ceiling approval. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. has received roof sheathing inspection. 
  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 Buildings A and B and the clubhouse building and grade beams for Building C. 
  1. No change from the previous. Inspections have been requested for floor sheathing for all 3 buildings at the new apartments on 917 W. Lincoln Ave. The project has 3 buildings and 9 total units. 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. 2018 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project  – This year’s program will focus in 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 first day of construction was Monday, January 28th. The removal of 68 existing public street trees within the program area has been completed. The replacement of concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalk has started in the Sonata neighborhood this week. 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. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 409 – The electrical meter for the traffic signal will be set on Thursday, February 21st. The work performed to adjust of the electrical vault located in Valley Center Road just north of the Lake Wohlford Road intersection has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 26th due to the forecast of rain. The work will require the closure of the north bound #2 lane starting at 8 a.m. A temporary generator will provide power to the traffic signal in an attempt to ease traffic delays during the day long activity. The existing signal ahead beacon located on Valley Center Road will be relocated to the median island has been delayed.
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project bid opening was held January 24. The project preconstruction meeting is set for Thursday, February 28. 
  1. Missing Link ProjectNo changes from that reported last week: Engineering staff has reached out to the manufacturer of the traffic signal poles for the Woodward/Broadway intersection. They informed the City on January 16, 2019 that the new shipping date will now be May 3. No clear explanation has been provided to explain the discrepancy for information previously provided.      
  1. HSIP Traffic 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 the Highway Safety Improvements Projects. The Notice to Proceed has been issued and the traffic signal poles have been ordered. The construction of the surface improvements will begin on May 6. All submittals have been reviewed and approved.
  1. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – Tulip Street Phase IV has been awarded by City Council. The low bidder is Southland Paving Inc. with a bid of $1,148,793.75. The project will complete Tulip Street between 2nd and 3rd Street as well as a portion of Grand Avenue. The preconstruction meeting is scheduled for February 21. 
  1. Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. Retrofit Project – The project will upgrade 644 existing high pressure sodium lights with energy efficient L.E.D. fixtures. The project boundaries are Lincoln Avenue to the north, 13th Avenue to the south, Ash Street to the east, and Upas Street to the west. The winning bid came in below the engineer’s estimate which will allow for the installation of an additional 100 lights. The project preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21. 
  1. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 No changes from that reported last week: 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 project bid opening was January 10th, 2019. Four Engineering contractors supplied bids. The apparent low bidder was Sancon Engineering Inc. with a bid of $841,310.00. The Engineers estimate for the project was $746,734.00. The project has been awarded by the City Council. 

Private Development 

  1. Centre City Shopping CenterNo changes to from that reported last week: The project has been walked and a punch list has been provided. The traffic signal contractor has completed all punch list items identified. 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 at Centre City Parkway The developer is completing the final onsite items to obtain the release of Building #2 by the close of work Friday. 
  1. Exeter Industrial Park – The new traffic signal has 3 items needing replacement. Project completion is expected in the coming weeks. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road. 
  1. Tract 934No changes from that reported last week: Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The construction of the underground utilities is idled this week. 
  1. Gateway ProjectNo changes from that reported last week: The paving contractor completed on site paving this week. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department. 
  1. Lincoln Rock ApartmentsNo changes from that reported last week: On site paving has been performed and the project is in the vertical stage of construction The project is located at the southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue.
  1. Veterans Village – The construction of the onsite concrete improvements is continuing 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. 
  1. Escondido Self Storage - The grading of the project is continuing. The project is located at the southwest corner of Brotherton Road and Cranston Drive.
  1. Citron Development - The public improvement along Cranston Drive between Las Palmas Avenue and Citracado Parkway is scheduled to be started on Tuesday, February 19. The project requires the replacement of the entire street along the project frontage. One half of the street will be removed at a time. The entire work will be completed over a 4-day period.
  1. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – Work began on Tuesday along 2nd Avenue between Broadway and Kalmia for the construction of a fuel cell for the emergency backup system. The existing fuel cell is located in parking Lot 4 which will be removed at the completion of the new fuel cell installation. This week’s activity is for the removal of the existing trees along 2nd Avenue and the construction of a temporary berm to convey water around the excavation.