FEATURED THIS WEEK

Streets Being Resurfaced to Connect the Escondido Bike Path
This week, Broadway between Valley Parkway and Washington is being resurfaced.  After paving is complete, the striping will be re-aligned to accommodate for the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking.  The Missing Link project, scheduled to begin construction this spring, will add a two-way bicycle lane on the west side of Broadway.  Bids for the Missing Link project are expected on January 18th with the award of the construction contract planned for February 14th. 

Escondido Sends Mutual Aid to Santa Barbara
Last week, the Escondido Fire Department deployed Brush Unit 133, a Strike Team, and a Public Information Officer to the mudslides in Santa Barbara County. These devastating mudslides have claimed 20 lives and mud and debris continue to devastate the surrounding areas.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Below are project milestones from last week. 

Commercial / Office: 

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017. Engineering will provide comments to the applicant this week. Planning has scheduled a staff-level review of the revised design for this week. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – Rough grading is underway. Building permits have been issued for the commercial buildings. The street improvement plans were approved on December 18, 2017. The carwash plans are tracking separately and revised carwash plans have now been approved by Esgil and Planning. The precise grading plan and landscape plans for the carwash lot are nearing approval. 
  1. Downtown Parking Garage (Municipal Parking Lot No. 4 - NW Corner of 2nd/Kalmia) (Developer: Touchstone Communities) – This project was withdrawn by the project applicant this week. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The project plans are nearly ready for permit issuance. The applicant has recently notified staff that other issues unrelated to the project plans will delay their request for permits until March or April of 2018. 
  1. Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development (Developer: John Couvillion, Badiee Development) 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road – The Planning Commission approved the Exeter project on November 28, 2017. The grading permit was issued on December 29, 2017, and drilling and blasting occurred last week. It is expected the building permit will be issued soon. Both Engineering and Building are now coordinating with the applicant on a phased grading and building approach that should help get the construction underway. A press release announcing Veritiv as the tenant was released last month. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June 2017. The grading permit was issued the end of September. The applicant did not start construction, but instead proposed to remove the basement level and increase the building height to five stories. That revised plot plan has been approved and revised building plans are expected to be submitted this week.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The archaeological work plan is being finalized by staff and consultants in preparation for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for approval. Funding of the state loan for the project is contingent on completing the work plan to the satisfaction of SHPO. 
  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. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded last month reiterating their earlier comments. Additional discussions with the agencies are being scheduled. 

Institutional

  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – A revised project submittal was received on October 20, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for February 13, 2018. 
  1. Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Developer: Pete Bussett, Bussett Architecture) 2324 Miller Avenue – The Mitigated Negative Declaration completed a 20-day public review period on October 18, 2017. The Planning Commission approved the item with a 6-0 vote on January 9, 2018. 
  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. A letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2017. The applicant has scheduled a meeting with Planning this week to discuss revisions proposed to address Fire and Engineering issues. 
  1. Epiphany Charter School (Architect: Andy Champion, MAA Architects) 713-725 N. Escondido Blvd. – A plot plan application to remove the six modular classroom buildings from the parking lot and complete the interior building renovations to accommodate full enrollment of 697 students was submitted on November 27, 2017. Planning expects to issue the approval letter next week. 

Residential 

  1. Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – The City Council approved the final map on December 20, 2017. The rough grading has been completed on the site. Esgil, Fire and Planning have approved the building plans. Engineering and Building staff are working with the applicant to get construction of the model units underway. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. – Staff provided a draft set of project conditions to the applicant last month fulfilling an agreed upon timeframe. Staff also met with the applicant to review the draft conditions of approval for the project. Staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and the item has been tentatively scheduled for the Planning Commission for February 13, 2018. 
  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 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 
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant several months ago regarding unresolved project design issues. There has been no further response from the applicant. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue has been completed. Demolition is complete and construction permits are ready to be issued once title to the site transfers to the builder.
  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 vacant clubhouse building was destroyed by fire several days later. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. 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. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project on November 28, 2017. The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development 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 a resubmittal of the project plans was received on December 12, 2017. Planning Fire and Building sent comments on the revised project submittal on January 16, 2018. 
  1. The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - Demolition of the vacant surgery center building on The Ivy site started last month. The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. The applicant submitted revised project plans on December 8, 2017. The City issued a comment letter on the revised application on January 8, 2018.
  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. A completeness review letter was sent to the applicant on October 20, 2017 indicating the application was incomplete and that Fire and Engineering design issues would likely require a redesign of the project. A meeting with the applicant team occurred on October 26, 2017 to discuss the identified issues and there has been minimal contact since. 
  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. Planning staff sent a letter to the applicant on December 21, 2017, indicating the application was incomplete. A meeting to discuss project issues with the applicant took place last week and a redesign is anticipated soon. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units with an additional three applications expected to be submitted soon. 

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 53 permits with a total valuation of $433,777. 
  1. 12 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division issued 21 solar permits for the year compared to 22 issued during the same time period for 2017. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 164 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. The total building valuation for all issued permits for the week ending Jan 13th is $754,911 compared with $1,102,678 for same time last year. Building processed 85 projects so far in 2018 compared with 89 projects in 2016. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
    • 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (previous police/fire building)
    • 852 Metcalf, self-storage
    • 2516 S Escondido Blvd, 66-unit condo project.
    • 2005 Harmony Grove, 212,000 sf industrial warehouse building. 
  1. The mixed use project at 300 S Escondido Blvd (City Plaza) are requesting final inspection for specified units. No change from the previous. 
  1. The Meadowbrook 3 story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is requesting inspection of the site walls and framing of the weigh station. No change from the previous. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy has received framing and drywall approval for the interior tenant improvement. 
  1. The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received final inspection approval. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy has received drywall inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. The children’s building for the Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building 
  1. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway is progressing through 2nd floor framing and exterior lath and drywall. No change from the previous. 
  1. The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd is requesting floor sheathing inspection. 
  1. The new market at the location of the former Toyota dealership at 151 W Lincoln is requesting roof sheathing inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Parkway has begun the 2nd phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition. No change from the previous. 
  1. The Latitude 2, apartment buildings at 650 N Center City Pkwy is requesting floor sheathing for building 1. No change from the previous. 
  1. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N Broadway has inspection approval for the 2nd grout lift of the masonry walls. No change from previous. 
  1. The new Starbucks at 302 W El Norte Pkwy has received exterior framing inspection approval. 
  1. Plans were submitted this week for the Habit Burger Grill tenant improvement at 720 N. Centre City Parkway.

Code Enforcement

  

Graffiti Restitution


Business Licensing

  

ENGINEERING 

Capital Improvements
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Day 91
The prime contractor is constructing storm drain and roadway subgrade along Valley Center Road north of Lake Wohlford Road this week. The street light subcontractor is continuing work on street light foundations along Valley Center Road. The prime contractor is preparing the roadway subgrade along Valley Parkway between Bevin Drive and Lake Wohlford Road and the masonry subcontractor is continuing with the construction of the 8’ sound wall along the Dog Park frontage. The dry utility contractor has completed installation of 90% of the underground conversion, the remaining two crossings at Lake Wohlford Road and East Valley Parkway are being scheduled.     

Neighborhood Lighting Project
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is working in three neighborhoods this week installing conduits and standing new street lights. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street lights along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas. 

2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
This week, Broadway between Valley Parkway and Washington is being resurfaced.  After paving is complete, the striping will be re-aligned to accommodate for the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking.  The Missing Link project, scheduled to begin construction this spring, will add a two-way bicycle lane on the west side of Broadway.  Bids for the Missing Link project are expected on January 18th with award of the construction contract planned for February 14th. Hubbard Avenue, Gamble Lane as well as north Centre City Parkway will be receiving an application of Emulsion Aggregate Slurry (EAS) on top of the previously repaired street surface.  The EAS product provides a uniform appearance by filling all cracks and has a skid-resistant surface. Work on replacing concrete improvement throughout this year’s program area is continuing this week along North Broadway.       

Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow for proactive and efficient pipe maintenance.  The first storm drain rehabilitation project starts this week which has City staff replacing a damaged portion of storm drain pipe that runs along the property lines between Rustic Road and Mission Avenue.  

Rincon del Diablo Water Main Replacement
No changes from that reported last week: The water district is replacing an existing water main along Nutmeg Street between Rockhoff Road and Centre City Parkway. The work requires a 30-day daytime closure of Nutmeg Street between Gary Lane and Centre City Parkway beginning on January 3, 2018. Detours signs are in place and emergency services have been notified. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The public street lights are being installed throughout the project. 

Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
The project grading is nearing completion. The offsite water and sewer connections to City services are being scheduled for later this month along Mission Avenue and Centre City Parkway. The project is located at 425 W Mission Avenue. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The project is cleaning up from last week’s rain event.      

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
No changes from that reported last week: Final revisions were made to the onsite storm drain system design; construction should resume next week.  The remaining sections of the project are entering the framing phase of construction.  The work is located adjacent to Centre City Parkway.     

Veteran’s Village
Existing utility conflicts will be lowered this week in preparation for the installation of the storm drain along Escondido Boulevard. The lowering will require the reduction to a single lane of travel to both north and south bound traffic.   

Exeter Industrial Park 
No changes from that reported last week:  The grading operation is continuing this week with scheduled blasts for the rock portion encountered onsite. Blasting activities are monitored by the Fire Department The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

City Plaza
The offsite construction of public improvement is continuing this week with the paving of the public alley between Escondido Boulevard and Maple Street. The temporary pedestrian bridge and related traffic control was removed from the public right of way this week, reopening all lanes of traffic along Escondido Boulevard. The project is located at 328 S Escondido Boulevard.    

StorQuest
The grading permit has been issued for the project. Work is concentrating on the construction of offsite utilities along Mission Avenue, which will require a Thursday night tie-in to the City’s water system. The project is located at 222 Mission Avenue.

FIRE 

POLICE 

INCIDENTS:

  • On 1/10/2018, Officer Byler located a stolen truck in the 200 block of Lincoln Ave.  Officer Byler, with the assistance of other officers, initiated a high risk vehicle stop on the stolen vehicle. The driver, a documented gang member, was arrested without incident.  The driver was in possession of methamphetamine and a sawed-off lever action rifle.  The driver was booked into the Vista detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and multiple firearm charges. 
  • On 1/12/2018, officers responded to the intersection of Broadway St. and Mission Ave. reference a hit and run collision.  The officers arrived on scene and determined a pedestrian riding on an electric scooter had been struck by a vehicle.  After striking the pedestrian, the driver of the vehicle drove away from the scene.  The driver was eventually located at his residence and taken into custody.  The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of minor-injuries.  
  • On 1/13/2018, Officer Houchin initiated an enforcement stop on a possible drunk driver.  The driver of the vehicle fled and crashed into an unoccupied structure in the 200 block of E. 3rd Ave.  After the collision, the driver fled from the vehicle and was apprehended by Officers Houchin and Stewart. 

COPPS:

The EPD 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 and community issues.  Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.  

  • 2 arrests were made
  • 16 citations were issued