January 31, 2019

Mayor Hosts First Community Roundtable Meeting
On Thursday, January 24 the Mayor hosted his first community roundtable, with robust conversation regarding issues facing our community and how we can tell our story.   The diverse group included representatives from non-profit organizations, the business sector, the arts, youth sports, schools, faith groups, and neighborhoods.   Key points from the discussion will be folded into the City Council’s action plan for Escondido along with citizen comments (see article below.)

 

City Council Wants Your Feedback!
The City Council Action Plan represents the City Council's collective vision for Escondido's future and the key activities that will be used to achieve that vision. It is developed biennially following a workshop where key policy interests are identified and discussed by the City Council and City Staff. This is your opportunity to help the Escondido City Council shape the vision and set priorities for the 2019-2020 Council Action Plan. Use this link to provide your thoughts.

 

Curious About Opportunity Zones in Escondido?
Opportunity Zones are a new tool providing tax incentives for reinvestment of capital gains. Opportunity Zones allow investors, fund managers and communities to use privately-sourced funds for eligible economic development and community re-investment projects. Learn more about Escondido’s Opportunity Zones here: https://www.escondido.org/oppzones.aspx 

BY THE NUMBERS 

Public Works

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

Police

December Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through January 19th of each year

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents

Armed and Unconscious Driver Arrested
During the early morning hours of January 22, 2019, an officer on patrol came upon a car in the 900 block of S. Orange St. with the lights on and engine running.  An adult male was found passed out in the driver seat.  Officers were able to safely remove the driver from the car and during their investigation found a loaded handgun.  The driver was arrested for possession of the loaded handgun. 

Man Arrested After Assaulting Officers
On January 25, 2019 at 5:11 a.m., officers responded to a call regarding an adult male who had assaulted an employee of CVS at 318 W. El Norte Pkwy.  Officers found the suspect a short distance away.  The suspect failed to comply when officers instructed him to stop.  Instead, the suspect fought with officers and attempted to take a baton from an officer’s belt.  Officers gained control of the suspect and placed him under arrest for the assault on the CVS employee, as well as charges of violently resisting arrest. 

Outcome Demonstrates Sustainability in Addressing Homelessness
One of the many goals of our COPPS unit is to address homelessness with long-lasting solutions.  Through our community partnerships we are able to maintain an approach that addresses both the legal enforcement and homeless outreach aspects of homelessness.  Two years ago the COPPS unit helped a long time homeless woman.  This particular client had been homeless in Escondido for many years and was known by virtually every police officer.  She had well over 300 police contacts and was arrested 30 times.  The COPPS unit was able to help this client move to Oregon, where she has thrived and now manages a shelter. 

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.    

  • 1 arrest
  • 13 citations
  • 29 extra patrols

 Events

Meet ‘Doxx’!

‘Doxx’ is the newest four-legged member of the Escondido Police Department.  “Doxx’ and his two-legged partner, Officer Fidel will be in training for several weeks before hitting the streets to keep Escondido safe. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

News

  • On January 22, the Fire Prevention Division held another successful smoke alarm installation with the help of the Red Cross, Rincon Water and San Marcos Fire.  They serviced 21 homes within the Green Tree Mobile Estates park, tested 38 existing alarms, and installed 59 new alarms. Team members gave residents home safety tips along with valuable information regarding emergency evacuation. Each resident also received a dry erase board to create a diagram of their home with alternate escape routes. Since the program’s inception, the team has completed a total of 9 parks, 1,102 alarms, 124 Carbon Monoxide alarms and 474 homes.

  • Fire Department Truck 131 returned to service after being repaired in Ohio. 

 

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 this medical building site 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.  All departments are conducting initial review of the proposal and it is expected that comments will be issued next week. 

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 adjacent to 901 W. Washington Avenue.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.
  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 will be meeting with the applicant’s engineer this week 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.  A follow-up meeting with the applicant occurred on November 28, 2018.  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 new builder (KB Homes) filed an application to revise the architecture and reduce the size of the homes. 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.  The project biologist and landscape architect are coordinating completion of the biological mitigation requirements with staff prior to issuance of a grading permit.  A fourth plan check of the rough grading plan was received the third week of January.  Second plan check submittal for the final map and third submittal for the on-site improvements is expected to be received this week.  
  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.  Planning provided additional comments on an emailed version of a revised site plan on November 26, 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. 
  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.  An alternative site plan showing garage access from Quince Street was submitted by the applicant on October 31, 2018.  A second alternative that provides vehicular access from Second Avenue was discussed with Engineering on December 19, 2018, and a revised site plan incorporating that change of access into the project plans is expected 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 last week.  Submittal of final engineering plans is expected soon. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on five 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 66 permits (including 18 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $351,191. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 161 inspection requests. 147 customers visited the Building counter during the week. 
  1. 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, electric meter release at Building 4, and gas test at Building 5. 
  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 6, 7 and 8, 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 hotel at 200 La Terraza received drywall approval at the second and third floors and foundation approval for the site light standards. 
  1. 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 5th floor pan deck framing 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. Permits were issued for a new 2,659 square foot church building at 2320 Miller Ave. 

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 first order of work is the removal of 74 existing public street trees within the program area that have been identified as damaging public improvements. The tree removal is scheduled to be completed in the first 10 days of the program. In a continuing effort to improve our customer service, all trees were identified 6 months prior to the project being awarded. The effected property owners were contacted by mail with information regarding the tree removal and asked if they were interested in watering replacement trees. Homeowners were asked to select from a list of 6 available drought tolerant species with non-invasive root systems. The replacement of concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk will follow over the next 38 working days with resurfacing of streets to follow. 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 387 – The contractor has completed the application of organic mulch to all sloped or disturbed surfaces. This will allow the City to request the close out of the Storm Water Permit and the required reporting. The contractors and SDG&E representatives are meeting to resolve the setting of the electrical meter for the irrigation controller. The electrical subcontractor has returned to the site this week to begin construction of the traffic signal beacon located on Valley Center Road.
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project bid opening was held this past week. The apparent low bidders contract package is being reviewed at this time. 
  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 contractors bid package is under review at this time. 
  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 was awarded at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting. 

Private Development

  1. Centre City Shopping Center – 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 ParkNo changes from that reported last week: The new pedestrian ramp and traffic signal relocation were completed this past week as scheduled. 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 has begun with the construction of the onsite sewer main. 
  1. Gateway Project – 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 Apartments – 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 public improvements along Escondido Boulevard are underway.
  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 has begun. The project is located at the southwest corner of Brotherton Road and Cranston Drive.
  1. Citron Development -The public improvement along Cranston Drive between Las Palmas Avenue and Citracado Parkway is set to begin this next week. 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.