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Major Projects Update:
Commercial / Office
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans. On November 4, 2015 the City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) – This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. Building plans have been submitted for plan check.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial – This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. Street striping plans for the project’s frontage along North Broadway were approved.
- Westfield Theater – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
- Felicita Development, LLC – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway.
- Springhill Suites – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. The project is in its third building plan check for this planned development. A revised set of grading plans have been approved and permits issued. Landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review, and department comments are being finalized.
- BMW Dealership – No change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction.
- Escondido Auto Park Association – No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has confirmed with the applicant sign application and submittal process.
- Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion – An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the Planning Division has signed off on the building plans.
- Escondido Disposal Inc. – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process; staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. Demolition and construction has commenced on a portion of the site. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its application to the State permitting agency. Storm drain issues improvements that extend through the site are under construction. A revised site plan with updated parking and circulation has been submitted for staff review.
- StorQuest – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility. The application involving a General Plan Amendment, zone change and Planned Development was submitted this week for processing.
- John Paul the Great Catholic University – No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff had a conversation with the University President this week regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved.
- Calvin Christian Middle/High School – The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans have been approved.
- Escondido United Reformed Church – The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment for portions of project, revised architectural designs for the sanctuary have been submitted for review; the grading plans have been approved.
- Oak Creek (NUW) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation.
- Amanda Estates (NUW) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation.
- Pradera – No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading and construction are underway. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans and landscaping plans. Building Plans for three, two-story model homes have been completed and the units are currently under construction and are undergoing building inspections. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single-story unit will be constructed. The developer obtained building permits for the first the first and second phases involving 16 units. Models opened on January 30, 2016.
- Zenner – The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. Staff approved concept building elevations from the homebuilder, KB Homes, who plans on constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015, and has been recorded by the County Recorder’s Office. Proposed street names have been submitted for Planning Division approval.
- Stella Park Condominiums – The project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on February 16, 2016 for a 20-day review period that will conclude on March 8, 2016. Staff anticipates a Planning Commission public hearing on March 22, 2016.
- Wohlford – The project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. Staff concluded interviews with four consulting firms and has contacted the consultant selected for preparing the EIR who has submitted a draft scope of work. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. The EIR Consultant contract has been executed and the property owner is securing right-of-entry documents for consultants to commence on-site technical studies.
- Latitude II – No change from the following update reported last week: The 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. Rough grading plans have been approved. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check.
- Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The applicant has concluded the mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. Grading plans were issued; all bonds and fees have been posted. Staff worked with the applicant to modify the sewer manhole spacing for the project to facilitate the project. Grading is anticipated to commence by late February.
- Safari Highlands – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. This project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. Interviews were held with three consulting firms bidding on preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. The top bidder is working with staff to refine the cost and scope of services. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
- High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Paseo Escondido –This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals are required to complete the application and the applicant is conducting a soils analysis to ensure there are no onsite contaminants.
- Del Prado (former Woody’s site) –This project is a 113-unit Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas Staff met with the applicant to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. The Fire Department met with the applicant regarding emergency access. Staff is working with the applicant to develop street striping plans around the project’s frontages for ensuring safe traffic movement. The environmental documentation will be released for public review by late February, and a Planning Commission public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2016.
- Solutions for Change – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs and is working with the applicant to ensure state financing remains available for the project.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd – No change from the following update reported last week: A 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
- Veterans Village of San Diego – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans have been approved.
- Escondido Gateway – This mixed-use project involves 122 residential units with a 3,000 sq. ft. commercial space on 2.6 acres (47 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the North County Transit Station. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement.
- For last week’s shortened holiday week, the Building Division issued 58 permits for the week with a total valuation of $191,570. Permits were mostly miscellaneous type and plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits.
- 18 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 166 solar permits this year compared to 122 issued for the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors had a very busy week, averaging 35 inspections per day with 27 inspections on Friday. Our building counter was very busy this week averaging 41 counter sign in’s per day and 32 on Friday. 51 customers signed in on Tuesday.
- No change from the following update reported last week: In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website.
- No change from the following update reported last week: The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received framing inspections on all 3 buildings.
- No change from the following update reported last week: The new 24-Hour Fitness at the North County Mall is requesting rough framing inspection for their tenant improvement.
- No change from the following update reported last week: The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building on North Escondido Blvd are now preparing their project site for final inspection and occupancy.
- No change from the following update reported last week: The Meadowbrook assisted living facility at North Broadway has received inspection approval for their podium slab and are beginning framing on the first floor.
- Plans were submitted for a new single family dwelling at 422 S. Spruce St.
- As of February 21, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 335 cases. During the prior week, 57 new cases were opened, and 72 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 44 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 146 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week the Business License Division issued 7 new licenses and received 33 new applications, in addition to 85 renewals.
- Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Docents will be on site to answer questions.
- During a routine inspection of playground equipment in Grape Day Park, some damage was discovered to the climbing vines at Vinehenge. Several City staff members reviewed the structure and it was determined that it was best to close the play structure to the public while repairs are being considered. The slide will remain open for use, but the climbing vines will be closed until further notice.
FREE E-WASTE/SHRED EVENTS
The City’s Recycling Division is partnering with Escondido Disposal to provide two free e-waste/shred events this year at Escondido High School (EHS). All Escondido residents (and City employees) may drop off their electronic waste and have up to two banker’s boxes of documents shredded onsite at no cost. The Saturday events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, June 25 and October 8. It will be held at the north end of the EHS parking lot, 1535 North Broadway. E-waste includes anything with a cord - keyboards, monitors, phones, toasters, TVs - and electronic devices. Also, devices without cords like calculators, cameras and TV remotes. Please remove batteries before recycling.
PUBLIC WORKS WEEKLY UPDATE
- Storm Drain Inspection & Maintenance Crew Activity
- Completed inspection, cleaning maintenance of filters of storm drain inlets identified by Environmental Programs. Work will now start on the remaining storm drain inlet filters in remaining areas of the City.
- Storm Drain headwall construction completed on the east side of CCP at Town Center Drive.
- Patch Truck Activity
- 92 pothole repaired last week
- Graffiti Eradication Team Activities
- 6 employees assigned this week
- 168 cases opened and 157 closed
- High incident areas:
- Midway east of Ash
- 800 block of Valley Parkway
- 2400 block of Lincoln & Rock Springs
- Asphalt paving on Bike/Ped path
Kit Carson Park D-75 Concrete Ditch Stabilization:
City staff met with the Army Corps of Engineers representative at the project site on January 27 to finalize the needed permit. Inquiries regarding the contractor’s means and methods were addressed on February 8, 2016. Staff anticipates processing of the approved permit later this week. Additional work requested by the Army Corps has resulted in the contract being re-bid. Bids are due February 25.
Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements:
No change from the following update reported last week: On February 5, 2016 the City signed a Public Service Agreement for maintenance work on the roof structure on the two facilities. The project calls for the installation of 10 roof ventilators along the ridge line of both structures. The ventilators are designed to release warm air along the high point of the two roofs. The units have an eight-week lead time from the manufacture, with the total project cost for the twenty units coming in at $36,820.00.
Washington Park Pool resurfacing:
The project preconstruction meeting was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The project’s Notice to Proceed will be issued for Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The call is for 30 working days from the Notice to Proceed date. The City received the signed contract on February 23 and work is expected to start by next week.
Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
Onsite storm drain construction along Bear Valley Parkway, between Suburban Hills Drive and Viewmont Drive, is continuing this week. The roadway structural section is being constructed along Bear Valley Parkway between Birch Avenue to Lloyd Place, which includes the construction of curb and gutter improvements. Access to Boyle Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway continues to be closed for next few weeks for construction of dry utilities and new surface improvements and the detour route is clearly posted. The access to Birch Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway has been reopened to all traffic. No change.
2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
Onsite construction of new homes is continuing this week. Work has started on the offsite street improvements.
Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Offsite storm drain construction along Ash Street between Lehner and Sheridan is near completion. The new water main on Stanley has started.
Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
The boring operation has been completed. The contractor is working south from the bore pit and is currently at the intersection of Jesmond Dene and N. Broadway.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove:
The project grading plan was approved last week, and the contractor has removed 80 percent of grove located within the project after receiving the Grading Permit on Thursday February 11, 2016. The required storm water preventive measures (SWPPP) are in place for the control of potential runoff during construction of the project. A site meeting was held and the grading permit has been activated. Clearing and grubbing, along with the stump removal will be taking place for the next two weeks.
Future Capital Improvement:
East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project:
SDG&E’s final design to underground existing overhead utilities was received February 3rd, and returned with City comments on February 10th for revisions. Staff held a preconstruction meeting on February 9 with AT&T to discuss upcoming work to temporarily relocate existing overhead cables in the area of the bridge north of Lake Wohlford Rd. Operations to complete this work are anticipated to start this week. AT&T crews are relocating the utility poles that are in conflict with the new street alignment. This work should be completed next week.
Grape Day Playground Equipment:
Project bids were opened on January 28 and City Council approval to authorize award of the project was received on February 10. This project is funded by a Housing Related Park Grant.
Private Development –Current Plan Review
Solutions for Change Housing:
This project is a three-story 34-unit low income/transitional housing project located on S. Escondido Blvd. just south of 15th Ave. This project also has a small commercial office space component that will be subdivided off by “air space” Parcel Map for tax financing reasons.
- The 3rd submittal of the Parcel Map, Grading, Landscaping and Improvement plans, and WQTR and other studies were made on February 16th and were reviewed returned on February 23.
PPH Medical Office Campus - West:
This is a multi-phase Medical Office and Outpatient Facility Campus that will be constructed on Lots 27-30 of the Escondido Research & Technology Center and is a joint partnership project between the Palomar Hospital District and JRMC Real Estate, the Developers of the ERTC project. It is currently approved for two 3-story 72,000 SF medical office buildings with site planning in place for possible future additional medical office building(s) and the parking structure that would be needed at that point. The site and buildings are also proposed to be subdivided as commercial space condominiums with a Parcel Map yet to be submitted.
- The Grading plans were approved on February 11.
- The Public Sewer improvement plans are ready for approval with payment of fees and posting surety bonds.
PPH Medical Office Building - East:
This 3-story 71,600 SF Medical Office Building and future Cancer Center building will be constructed on Lots 2-5 of the Escondido Research & Technology Center and is a joint partnership project between the Palomar Hospital District and JRMC Real Estate, the Developers of the ERTC. It is also proposed to be subdivided as commercial space condominiums with a Parcel Map yet to be submitted.
- The Grading plans, WQTR were approved on February 11.
- The Traffic Signal Modification plans for the 2 driveway entrances are currently in review and should be returned to the Engineer this week.
Tract 932 – Canyon Grove (Hidden Valley Ranch):
This project is a 179-lot residential subdivision located at the ends of Vista Ave. and Vista Verde Dr. and will connect them when developed. Shea Homes has acquired this project and continues to process the final engineering.
- The Rough Grading plans were approved on February 10.
- The Offsite Improvement plans were approved on February 18. The County portion of these plans still need County approval.
- The second submittal of the Final Map was made at end of January and should be reviewed in the next week or so.
- The third submittal of the In-Tract Improvement plans was made on February 10 and should be returned to the Engineer early next week.
- The 3rd submittal of the in-tract improvement plans for Streets “A”, “B” made on January 27th were returned to the Engineer on February 22nd.
- The 4th submittal of the in-tract improvement plan for Street “C” was submitted February 23.
- The 1st submittal of the Final Map for Street “C” made on January 27th was returned to the Engineer on February 16th.
- The 1st submittal of the Final Maps for Streets “A” and “B” made on January 27th was returned to the Engineer on February 22.
- The Landscape plans for all of the Pradera HOA maintained Street Frontages and Basin was approved on February 22.
- The Landscape plans for all the interior streets and HOA-maintained interior slopes were approved on February 22.
- On 2/15/2016, Officers Spinos and Putulowski stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle yielded until both officers were out of their vehicles and then drove away. The vehicle ended up in a cul-de-sac. The driver and front passenger fled on foot. The passenger, a parolee-at-large, was found hiding in a yard. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for the parole violation.
- On 2/16/2016, Officers Martinez and Stewart and detectives from the Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover enforcement detail at Grape Day Park. Three subjects were cited for municipal code violations.
- On 2/16/2016, a female suspect was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and a hit and run accident. After the initial arrest, the suspect became combative and kicked and spit at officers. Once at the station, the suspect continued the behavior. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for DUI, the accident and assaulting a police officer.
- On 2/17/2016, officers responded to a commercial burglary at Escondido Compact. The loss was three bicycles and three tool boxes. At approximately 1330 hours, officers responded to a call in the 400 Block of S. Escondido Blvd. of a male using a crowbar to enter a location. Officer Lunt arrived on scene and detained the subject. Inside the building, officer located two bikes, a tool box and a socket set. The reporting party from Escondido Compact responded to the scene and identified the bikes, the tool box and a socket set as items stolen from the location. The suspect was arrested for the burglaries from Escondido Compact and the south Escondido Blvd. location.
- On 02/17/16, Officer Garcia located a stolen vehicle in the area of Valley Pkwy. and Hidden Trails. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the sole occupant of the vehicle without incident. The suspect was booked into county jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine.
- On 02/18/2016, Officer Guerrero conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 500 block of 15th Ave. As Officer Guerrero was exiting his vehicle, the driver of the vehicle put it in reverse and collided with Officer’s Guerrero’s vehicle, causing moderate damage. Officer Guerrero narrowly escaped being hit. Three males, including the driver, ran from the vehicle. The three suspects were not located, but the driver was identified. The investigation is ongoing.
- On 2/20/2016, Chief Carter and officers from the Escondido Police Officer’s Association participated in the 13th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge “Guacamole Bowl,” sponsored by SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes. SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a community based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities, ages 5 through adult. The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community. Chief Carter served as one of the judges for the competition.