February 7, 2019

New Native Garden Donated to PACC!
Thank you to Public Works staff and the volunteers from the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club for designing, purchasing, and installing a beautiful, drought-tolerant, native garden at the Park Avenue Community Center. We look forward to partnering again on future projects

City to Host “Meet the Buyers” Event
On February 14 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the City will host a “Meet the Buyers” event at City Hall. “Meet the Buyers” connects small businesses with procurement contracts by providing informational panels, networking, tips and information on how to become a successful supplier for local, state and federal agencies. Since they began in 2010, these events have helped small businesses obtain over $193 million in contracts. The event is free. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.escondido.org/business.aspx or contact Michelle Geller, Economic Development Manager, at (760) 839-4587 mgeller@escondido.org

Love Your Heart
Love Your Heart is an annual event in which organizations from across the U.S. and Mexico join together to provide FREE blood pressure screenings to the public on Valentine's Day, February 14. Last year's Love Your Heart event helped over 36,000 people get to know their blood pressure numbers and take charge of their own heart health. Both the Escondido Public Library and the Park Avenue Community Center will be participating working in conjunction with the Escondido Fire Department. Learn more here. 

Innovate78 wins Gamechanger Award
The collaborative partnership between the five cities along the 78 freeway (Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside) has won an Award of Merit from the CA Association for Local Economic Development. Innovate78 received the Gamechanger award for their efforts to grow the startup ecosystem in North County San Diego through their Startup78 program. More information about the program, and Innovate78 can be found here

BY THE NUMBERS 

Public Works

 

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

 

Police 

December Abandoned Vehicle Data

 

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through February 2nd of each year

POLICE DEPARTMENT

 Incidents

Juveniles Attack Store Clerk
On January 30 at 10:45 p.m., two male juveniles entered the 7-11 store at 1030 N. Broadway and stole beer from the business.  The store clerk confronted the juveniles outside of the store, where they attacked the clerk by hitting him with a skateboard and beer bottle.  The store clerk sustained minor injuries.  Officers found the juveniles a short distance away.  Both were arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. 

Seatbelts Save Lives
On February 4 at 1:07 p.m., officers responded to a single vehicle traffic collision in the 2000 block of E. Washington Ave.  Officers arrived to find a heavily damaged vehicle on its roof (pictured below).  The collision investigation revealed that the vehicle had been occupied by an adult female driver and two young children.  For an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway before striking several trash canisters, a fence, and concrete pillar before overturning.  Fortunately, all three occupants were wearing seatbelts.  The children escaped the collision uninjured.  The driver sustained a minor injury. 

Felon Arrested After Barricading in a Home
During the morning of February 2, the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force located James Golden in the City of Escondido.  Golden had felony warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, and burglary.  Escondido police personnel began coordinating with the Task Force to stop the vehicle Golden was driving.  Before Officers could get into a position to stop the vehicle Golden drove to the 1000 block of Rincon Rd. where he fled on foot.  Golden entered a residence in the 1300 block of Rincon Rd., which was occupied by a female who was a known associate of Golden.  The female left the residence and Golden barricaded himself inside.

Assistance from the SWAT team and the Emergency Negotiations Team was requested at the location.  Hostage negotiators spoke with Golden for approximately 3 hours. At 2:15 p.m., the negotiators successfully negotiated a peaceful surrender of Golden.  No one was injured during the incident and no property was damaged.

Golden was taken into custody and will eventually be taken to the Vista Detention Center and booked on the warrants.

COPPS

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

  • 3 arrests
  • 9 citations
  • 32 extra patrols

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News

Escondido Fire hosted a four-day Incident Management Certification course January 22-25, 2019, in the Emergency Operations Center at Police and Fire Headquarters.  Six members of the Escondido Fire Department who are preparing for advancement, along with four others from San Marcos and Vista Fire Departments, completed the 32-hour class that included instruction and simulations. Prior to the certification class, all of the participants had completed a 40-50 hour cognitive learning program. All ten participants received Blue Card Incident Commander certification.

On January 28 and 29, the Escondido Fire Department conducted live fire training drills at Escondido Fire Station 1’s Training Tower. The live burn scenarios simulated actual structure fire situations. It was an opportunity to put all of the fire crews through lifelike situations and provided valuable experience in tactical operations and fire ground command strategy.

On Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 5:00 a.m., OES Brush Engine 8632 (Captain Teague, Engineer Mellon, and Firefighter Paramedics M. Smith and Maciel) was deployed as part of a Strike Team prepositioned in the area of the “Holy Fire” in Lake Elsinore in case of flooding and mudslides. They returned home safely Saturday at 9:00 pm. 

On Sunday, February 3, 2019 at approximately 2:00 pm, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in a motor home located in the area of the 600 block of Howe Place. The first arriving engine reported a large amount of fire and smoke coming from the motor home and threatening adjacent structures. The fire was contained and controlled in approximately 20 minutes. The motor home sustained major damage from fire and smoke, but there was no damage to nearby homes. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The City of Escondido Fire Department is pleased to welcome four new Paramedics (Non-Safety). Michael Bowlin, Andrew Miller, Lexter Torres, and Eric Chasse completed their orientation academy last week and have joined their fellow crew members on our ambulances.

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. 
  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 three 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. 
  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. Public review of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) commenced on January 11, 2019 and closes on February 11, 2019.  A neighborhood meeting to discuss the project with interested residents was held on January 30, 2019.  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. 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 the week of November 26, 2018.  Fire has noted several previously identified issues remain unaddressed.  Planning and Engineering expect to issue comments next week. 
  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.  Fourth plan check for the Village 1 rough grading, improvement plans and landscape plans were submitted January 18, 2019.  Preliminary floor plans were reviewed and commented on by Planning at the end of December.  Architectural plans are expected soon.  A tree removal permit to remove trees on the former golf course property was issued by Planning on December 19, 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. 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.  Utilities is coordinating with the San Diego County Water Authority regarding utility crossings over their water transmission mains that cross the site. 
  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 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. 
  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. Revised plans were resubmitted on November 29, 2018 and January 16, 2019, and all departments have indicated that conditions can be issued to resolve any remaining design issues.  A Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for February 12, 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. 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 a resubmittal is expected soon.
  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. 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. 
  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.  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. 
  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. 
  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 is expected to be incorporated into revised project plans 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. 
  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.  All departments are commencing review of the project plans and comments are expected to be issued next week.  The initial plan submittal was presented to the Board of the Downtown Business Association on January 9, 2019, and the Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce on January 10, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff will be considered 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.  Submittal of final engineering plans is expected soon. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units. No accessory dwelling units have been approved yet 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 57 permits (including 13 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $276,760. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 175 inspection requests. 142 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. No change from the previous. The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received approval for early gas meter release for testing. 
  1. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received a 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Building 1 and framing inspection approval for Building 4. 
  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 rough framing approval for Buildings 7 and 8, drywall approval for Building 6, electric meter release for Building 4, gas test for Buildings 5, 9 and 10 and exterior lath for Building 10. 
  1. The new 105-room Springhill Suites hotel at 200 La Terraza received drywall approval at the second and third floors and foundation approval for the pool fence posts. 
  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. 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. 
  1. Plans were submitted into plan check this week for a new six-unit apartment building at 350 N. Juniper Street. 

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 24 existing public street trees within the program area was completed prior to the recent rain event. The replacement of concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk will begin on Monday, February 11 in the Beethoven neighborhood. 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 395 – The electrical meter for the irrigation clock was set this past Friday. This will allow the contractor to pull in control wires so that system can be automated. The electrical subcontractor poured the foundation for the traffic signal beacon located on Valley Center Road. The existing beacon will be relocated to the median island in the coming days.
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project bid opening was held January 24. The apparent low bidder withdrew his bid. Staff has begun to review the second low bidders contract package. 
  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, 2019. All submittals have been reviewed and approved.
  1. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – Tulip Street Phase IV has been awarded by City council. The apparent 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 being scheduled. 
  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 project was awarded at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting. 
  1. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 – The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. The 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 – No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is removing excess soil material from along the Centre City Parkway frontage this week. 
  1. Exeter Industrial Park – The new traffic signal camera system will have final adjustments made this week. Project completion is expected in the coming weeks. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road. 
  1. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The construction of the underground utilities is continuing with the construction of the onsite sewer main. 
  1. Gateway ProjectNo changes from that reported last week: The contractor has completed two water line connections along West Valley Parkway frontage this past week. All steel plates have been removed and temporary hot mix asphalt placed. 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 concrete public improvements along Escondido Boulevard are complete.
  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 has been delayed due to the recent rain. 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 5-day period.
  1. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – Work will begin this next 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. An electronic message board will be in place this Friday at 2nd and Maple to notify of the construction. On Monday traffic control will be installed along 2nd Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Kalmia Avenue. During construction 2nd Avenue will be reduced to two lanes of travel between Broadway and Kalmia. Construction is scheduled to be completed within 12 weeks. The only parking effected by the construction will be along the ATT Broadway frontage.