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Project Overview

The City has substantially completed the Grand Avenue Vision Project phase I construction which started on January 10, 2022. This page is continuously updated with the latest information from the City. The first project concept meetings began in 2015. Learn more about the visioning and planning process for the project here

Phase I project renovation benefits include:

  • New string lighting (known as festoon lighting) from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
  • New light posts on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
  • Sidewalk widening on the north side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway.
  • Improved parking: re-striping to include diagonal parking which will increase the number of parking spots from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.
  • Pavement resurfacing and re-striping on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.

Escondido Grand Avenue Vision Project Map Overview Multicolor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why are the k-rails (cement barriers) and on-street dining back?

Grand Avenue businesses are allowed to continue to operate in dining areas directly in front of their stores and neighboring storefronts with the permission of neighboring businesses. These businesses are required to have a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) which will expire when Phase II construction begins, which is scheduled for January 2023.

Where is the "Reflections on Downtown" statue that used to be in front of Filippi's restaurant?

In preparation for the construction of the Grand Avenue Vision Project, all of the benches along Grand Avenue were removed in late 2020. The bench in front of Filippi’s that held the bronze statue, “Reflections on Downtown”, was the last to go, as staff wanted to maintain the art for as long as possible. In January 2022, the bench and statue were removed and stored at the public works yard to make way for the construction. Because reinstallation of benches along Grand was not included in the new design, staff explored alternative locations. In selecting a new location, staff followed the terms of the contract with the artist which stipulate that in order to relocate the piece, the City is required to provide three possible alternative locations to the artist or her successor. The artist passed away in 2018, so staff contacted her husband and presented the following three locations: the bus stop on Broadway at Grape Day Park, Maple Street Plaza, and Heritage Garden. The artist’s husband provided approval to relocate the piece to the Grape Day Park site as it’s best suited to the original intent of the piece - a mother and child sitting on a park bench looking for a treat in the mother’s purse. Additionally, staff supported this location because the bench is already in place, and it is the exact same dimensions as the bench the sculpture was previously on, making this a relatively simple transition.

The sculpture is currently being stored at our Public Works Yard awaiting reinstallation at the Broadway location. Due to the weight of the sculpture, a support structure needs to be constructed to place under the bench that she will sit on. That work is currently underway and Public Works expects to have the sculpture reinstalled by the end of July.

The Public Art Commissioners were informed of this processes and the proposed locations through status updates at the Public Art Commission meetings and no objections were received.

When will construction begin and end?

Phase 1 construction began on January 10, 2022, and ended in April 2022. Phase 2 construction is scheduled to begin in January 2023. The City is currently soliciting feedback from businesses and property owners about Phase 2 improvements.

What areas are going to be impacted by the construction?

New street lights with festoon (string) lighting were installed on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street. Sidewalk was widened on the north side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway by about five feet. Pavement resurfacing and re-striping occurred on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.

What is being installed or modified?

The project permanently narrowed Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street, widened the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Ave from Broadway to Maple Street by five feet, added diagonal parking to create a net total of 45 more parking spaces, and installed new light fixtures and overhead string lighting.

Why aren't we installing tree grates around the trees?

Due to supply chain issues and delays obtaining tree grates, wood chips have been installed around the trees as a temporary measure. After the tree grates are received, they will be installed flush with the surrounding sidewalk.

What if I want to keep my outdoor setup permanently?

The sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Broadway was widened and concrete barriers will not be returned at this location as they will no longer be required for outdoor dining. Phase II will widen sidewalks on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street. In the interim, businesses not in this area may continue on street activities with a new Temporary Use Permit (TUP) which will expire when the next phase of construction begins in January 2023. 

What will happen to the existing light posts?

Old light posts from the project area will be salvaged. New light fixtures were installed at the top of 22-foot-tall light poles along with festoon (string) lighting which will cross over the street.

Visit the Grand Ave Vision Project FAQ to read more. Email your questions to business@escondido.org. 

What's Next? Phase II Planned for 2023.

City Council approved $5M in funding for Phase II on September 29, 2021.

The City engineering team met with businesses in January 2022 to discuss Phase II. For those businesses and building owners who did not attend, we captured your feedback through a short survey about the future design of Phase II. 

Phase II is planned to widen both sides of Grand from Maple to Juniper and engineering design has not yet begun. We are currently gathering feedback from the Grand Avenue business and building owner community. 

  • Engineering Design 2022
  • Construction 2023

Additional Business Resources

Learn more about business resources, including state and federal programs here.


Latest Phase I Updates

6/1/2022 - The contractor is awaiting the arrival of a new meter pedestal to be delivered this week which will allow for the testing and electrification of the festoon lights. 

5/27/2022 - The City continues to issue TUPs to businesses on Grand Avenue. 

5/11/2022 - New Temporary Use Permit (TUP) requirements are released. For businesses that would like to continue to utilize parking spaces for business activity, please complete and submit the new Temporary Use Permit application along with necessary attachments including the outdoor dining diagram and the additionally insured endorsement. 

4/29/2022 - Construction completed. There was a supply-chain delay for a light post component which is delaying the electrification of the festoon lighting. 

4/19/2022- Contractor will continue installing pavers at the light post locations. Additionally, they are scheduled to perform the striping of the roadway between Escondido Blvd and Juniper tonight.

4/18/2022- Contractor will continue performing concrete restoration for electrical crossing through Broadway and will continue installing pavers at the light post locations. 

4/15/2022- Contractor will continue performing concrete restoration for electrical crossing through Broadway and will continue installing pavers at the light post locations. 

4/14/2022- Contractor will perform concrete restoration for electrical crossing through Broadway and will continue installing pavers at the light post locations. 

4/13/2022- Contractor will perform sidewalk restoration and install concrete pavers. 

4/12/2022- Contractor will continue with slurry seal (traffic will be impacted). Contractor will also continue installing pavers at the light post locations.

4/11/2022- Contractor will start the slurry seal today and continue tomorrow.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Contractor will perform slurry seal of the roadway from curb to curb on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12. There will be NO PARKING allowed along Grand Avenue from Escondido Blvd to Juniper Street. 

4/7/2022- Contractor will pave the patches between Maple and Kalmia- Traffic will be impacted. 

4/6/2022- Contractor will continue reinstalling pavers at the light post locations. They will also continue electrical work on Maple. Starting tonight, contractor will grind to prepare for paving the patches between Maple and Kalmia tomorrow (traffic will be impacted tomorrow).

4/5/2022- Contractor will continue working on the pedestrian ramp and parking spaces on the south side of Grand Avenue. They will also continue working on reinstalling pavers at the light post locations.

4/4/2022- Contractor will continue working on the pedestrian ramp and parking spaces on the south side of Grand Avenue. They will also work on reinstalling pavers at the light post locations.

3/31/2022- Contractor will pave the eastern median between Broadway and Kalmia. They will also perform asphalt restoration for the electrical trenches.

3/30/2022- Contractor will continue to demolish the eastern median between Broadway and Kalmia. They will also place asphalt in the western median between Broadway and Maple as well as on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor will also continue working on the handicap pedestrian ramp and parking spaces on the south side of Grand Avenue.

3/29/2022- Due to the rain, contractor will do remedial work today and prep for the asphalt placement and the removal of the median.  

3/28/2022- Construction work is postponed due to the rain.

3/24/2022- Contractor will continue grading and forming for sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue. They will also continue with the median demolition and pull wire for electrical conduits between Kalmia and Maple.

3/23/2022- Contractor will continue grading and forming for sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue. They will also continue with the median demolition and pull wire for electrical conduits between Kalmia and Maple.

3/22/2022- Contractor will continue with the median demolition and will continue to pull wire for electrical conduits between Kalmia and Maple.      

3/21/2022- Contractor will pour the driveway portion near the corner of Grand Avenue and Maple and continue to prepare base section for asphalt along the north side of Grand Avenue. They will also complete the crossing of Broadway with the electrical conduit installation tonight.

3/18/2022- Contractor will continue pouring colored concrete for the sidewalk widening on the north side of Grand Avenue. They also will be grading the road section fronting the new curb and gutter on the northside of Grand, east of Broadway

3/17/2022- Contractor will pour colored concrete for the sidewalk widening on the north side of Grand Avenue. They will finish placing slurry as backfill on the south side of Grand Avenue and begin to trench across Broadway. They will also start preparing to demolish the median located west of Broadway.

3/16/2022- Contractor will continue to place slurry as backfill on the south side of Grand Avenue. They will also start to prep for sidewalk forming on the north side of Grand Avenue. Additionally, they will begin trenching for conduit installation across Broadway.

3/15/2022- Contractor will pour the gaps in curb and gutter throughout the north side of Grand Avenue, west of Broadway. They will continue the conduit installation east of Broadway, south side of Grand Avenue.

3/14/2022- Contractor will pour the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue. They will form for gaps in curb and gutter throughout Grand Avenue. They will also continue installing conduits on the east side of Broadway, south of Grand Avenue.

3/11/2022- Contractor will start pulling wire for electrical conduits and continue to form for the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue. 

3/10/2022- Contractor will continue to place slurry on electrical conduits on the north of Grand Avenue, east of Broadway. They will also continue to form for sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue.

3/9/2022- Contractor will continue to trench for electrical conduits on the south side of Grand Avenue. They will place slurry on electrical conduits on the north of Grand Avenue, east of Broadway. They will also begin to form for sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue.

3/8/2022- Contractor will pour curb and gutter on the north side of Grand Avenue. They will also continue trenching for electrical conduits east of Broadway.  

3/7/2022- Contractor will continue to set cages for light post foundations and continue to install pole boxes for street lights. They will also continue trenching on the south side of Grand Avenue and continue forming for curb and gutter on the north side of Grand Avenue. They plan to pour concrete for light post foundations east of Broadway. 

3/4/2022- Construction work is postponed due to the rain.

3/3/2022-  Contractor will continue to set cages for light post foundations and continue to install pole boxes for street lights. They will also continue trenching on the south side of Grand Avenue and continue forming for curb and gutter on the north side of Grand Avenue. They plan to pour concrete for light post foundations on the south of Grand Avenue. 

3/2/2022- Contractor will continue to set cages for light post foundations and continue trenching for electrical conduits on Grand Avenue, east of Broadway. They will continue forming for curb and gutter on the north side of Grand Avenue.    

3/1/2022- Contractor will continue to set cages for light post foundations and continue trenching for electrical conduits on Grand Avenue, east of Broadway. They will start forming for curb and gutter on the north side of Grand Avenue. 

2/28/2022- Contractor will set cages on south side of Grand Avenue and will continue trenching for electrical conduits on east of Broadway. They will also grade for curb and gutter.

2/25/2022- Contractor will pour light post foundations on south side of Grand Avenue.

2/24/2022- Contractor will continue drilling for light post foundations on the north of Grand Avenue. They will begin trenching and installing electrical conduits on the north side of Grand Avenue.

2/22-2/23-  Construction work is postponed due to the rain.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The K-rails (concrete barriers) along Grand Avenue that are not being utilized will be removed from the street on the week of 2/21/2022.

2/18/2022- Contractor will continue to pour light posts foundations and form for curb and gutter on north side of Grand Avenue. They will continue drilling for light post foundations on east side of Broadway.

2/17/2022- Contractor will pour light posts foundations and form for curb and gutter on north side of Grand Avenue. They will start drilling for light post foundations on east side of Broadway.

2/16/2022- Contractor will complete slurry backfill of the electrical trenches on the north side of Grand Avenue and begin to slurry backfill the south side.

2/15/2022- Due to the inclement weather work performed may be minimal. Contractor may continue to backfill trench for electrical conduits on the north side of Grand Avenue and start on the south side.

2/14/2022- Contractor will backfill trench for electrical conduits on the north side of Grand Avenue.

2/10/2022- Contractor will continue installing the electrical conduit on the south side of Grand Avenue and will continue setting the rebar cages for the light post foundations on the north side of Grand Avenue. 

2/9/2022 - Contractor will complete installing the electrical conduit on the north of Grand Avenue and will continue setting the cages for the light post foundations.

2/8/2022 - Contractor will continue electrical conduit installation on both the south and north side of Grand Avenue and will continue installing irrigation conduit on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor is also scheduled to set cages for light post foundations.

2/7/2022 - Contractor will continue electrical conduit installation on both the south and north side of Grand Avenue and will install irrigation conduit on the north side of Grand Avenue. 

2/4/2022 - Contractor will continue saw cutting on south side of Grand Avenue and proceed with installing electrical conduits. 

2/3/2022 - Contractor will continue saw cutting on south side of Grand Avenue and proceed with installing electrical conduits.    

2/2/2022 - Contractor will begin saw cutting on south side of Grand Avenue for conduit installation. They will continue to trench on north side of Grand Avenue for irrigation main.

2/1/2022 - Contractor will be setting up cages for light post foundations and will continue to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue.     

1/31/2022 - Contractor completed drilling on south side between Maple and Broadway for the light post foundations. Contractor will continue to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue. Cages for light posts foundations delivered and will be inspected today. 

1/27/2022 - Contractor will continue to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor will continue drilling on south side between Maple and Broadway for the light post foundations. Work is expected to be performed at night.     

1/26/2022 -  Contractor will continue to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor will continue drilling on south side between Maple and Broadway for the light post foundations.   

1/25/2022 - Contractor will begin prep work to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor will continue drilling on south side between Maple and Broadway for the light post foundations.  

1/24/2022 - Contractor completed drilling for the light post foundations on the north side of Grand avenue and will start drilling on the south side between Maple and Broadway.  

1/21/2022 - Contractor will continue the drilling for light post foundations on north side, expected to be performed at night. 

1/20/2022 - Contractor will saw cut sidewalk on south side of Grand Avenue Between Maple and Broadway. Drilling for light post foundations on the north side expected to be performed at night.  

1/18/2022 - Between Maple and Kalmia Street the contractor will start drilling for new light post foundations. This work is expected to be done at night.

1/13/2022 - Between Maple and Broadway, the contractor has removed the decorative fence (metal railing), and will clear the area to prepare for further construction. This evening, contractor will start removing concrete sidewalk and will be working through the night.

1/7/2022 - K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed for impacted area. K-rails remaining do not interfere with work currently performed but will be removed in April for slurry seal, and restriping of roadway.

1/6/2022 - Businesses on Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street are required to remove their outdoor setup areas (e.g., furniture, tents, stands, and signage) by January 6, 2022. 
K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed after January 6, 2022.

10/28/21 - Downtown Business Association Informational Meeting held at the Ritz on Grand Avenue 5:30 p.m.

9/29/21 - City Council approved $5 million to complete Phase 2 of the project.