July 11, 2019

What is Your Vision for the Escondido Creek Trail?
As part of the City’s commitment to re-imagining the Escondido Creek Trail as a recreational and environmental asset, the City is applying for an $8.5 million Proposition 68 funding grant.

It is very important that ideas for how to improve the Escondido Creek Trail come from the community, so your involvement and engagement will play a major role in determining the success of the application. We will be holding a number of community meetings this month to gather that input. Click the image below for the meeting schedule. The first set of meetings start today, July 11. To take a survey and for more information, visit: www.escondido.org/ECT.aspxWashington Park Grand Re-Opening
Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month by joining us next Saturday, July 20 for the Grand Re-Opening of Washington Park. This free event will be fun for the whole family, and will include games, prizes, tours, food vendors and more! Washington Park is located at 501 N. Rose Street.Art, Wine, Brew, and Food Festival this Weekend!
Inspire: Art, Wine, Brew, Food is happening on Saturday, July 13 in historic downtown Escondido's Heritage Garden. Get your tickets now and choose "Friends of MAGEC" to receive a $5 discount. This event is hosted by ArtHatch.
ArtHatch provides affordable, juried exhibition and working studio space for local artists, and free exhibition space, art supplies, studio space, and education for teen artists.Click the image for more information and tickets.

Kit Carson Park Amphitheater Request for Proposals
The Kit Carson Amphitheater is a hidden gem within the City of Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. It’s a full-service performance venue with a beautiful outdoor setting that is perfect for a variety of outdoor shows and unique special events.
The City of Escondido is inviting individuals, performing arts groups, and theater management and production companies to submit qualifications and proposals for an incredible opportunity to make the City’s amphitheater home to their organization. The City’s goal is to establish a License and Operating Agreement with a qualified firm to provide comprehensive management and daily operational services. This will create an opportunity for restoration of the amphitheater, and the provision of valuable community programs, services, and activities that the City is not able to provide.
It is important to the City and is a condition of the RFP, that the amphitheater continues to be utilized in part by community organizations for community events. Further, the City seeks proposals that will commit a capital investment that will improve the amphitheater, making it a state of the art facility and a destination location in North County. The amphitheater is a tremendous asset for our community, and we look forward to helping to achieve its full potential.
To review the RFP please go the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/purchasing.aspx, under Request for Proposals.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

Police:

June Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through July 6 of each year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT                      

Incidents:

Juvenile Arrested in Robbery Spree
On July 1 at around 11:30 a.m., a juvenile male attempted to steal alcohol from the Food-4-Less store at 644 N. Broadway.  Store employees attempted to stop the juvenile, who responded by pushing employees out of the way and fleeing with the stolen alcohol.  The juvenile returned to the store a few minutes later and threatened to kill the store manager before fleeing the store yet again.  The juvenile then attempted to rob an elderly woman of her purse in the parking lot, before running from the area.  A short time later the juvenile approached an elderly man, lunged at him with a knife, and demanded his property.  Officers spotted the juvenile within seconds of the third crime and arrested him after a short foot pursuit.  The juvenile was arrested on several charges of robbery, attempted robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Officers Attacked at Family Disturbance Call
On July 2 at 11:17 p.m., officers responded to a family disturbance call in the 2100 block of Terrace View Pl.  Upon their arrival, officers determined that Heaven Licon (22-year-old resident of Escondido) was intoxicated and assaulted her father.  Licon, who walked away from the residence prior to the arrival of officers was located a short distance away.  Officers attempted to stop Licon for the crimes that she committed, however, Licon assaulted the officers.  Licon was eventually arrested and booked into jail on charges that included being drunk in public, and felony resisting arrest.  Two officers sustained minor injuries in the incident. 

No Front License Plate Solves Burglary
On July 4 at approximately 4:00 a.m., an officer was on routine patrol near the intersection of Mission Ave. and Centre City Pkwy. when a vehicle was observed traveling with no front license plate.  The officer conducted a traffic stop on the car for the minor traffic law violation.  While speaking to the driver of the car, the officer saw dozens of scratch-off lottery tickets in large rolls on the back seat of the car.  During the course of the investigation, officers were able to confirm that the car and two subjects in the car had just broken into a closed business in San Marcos.  Both subjects were turned over to San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies who took over the remainder of the investigation since the burglary occurred in their jurisdiction.  

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.     

  • 2 arrest
  • 7 citations
  • 27 extra patrols 

TIP OF THE WEEK:
Many of us take much deserved vacations this time of year.  Follow these easy tips to protect your home while you are away:

  • Be sure to lock up before you leave. Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity, carried out by thieves looking for an easy way into your home.
  • Put lights on timers. Lights turning on and off at varying times gives the illusion that someone is home.
  • Be careful with your social media posts. Avoid posting information that makes it clear that you will not be home.  Also, avoid posting pictures of your vacation until you return home.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Ask trusted neighbors or family members to look after your home and to pick up any mail or other deliveries. 

FIRE 

News:

Escondido Fire Department Explorers (Andres Aispuro, Justus Whitaker, Preston Piekarski, Angel Casarez, Donovan Hanna, Damian Kapity and Andrew Marshall) joined the Fire Prevention team to inspect the setup of motor racking for fireworks and provide standby oversight of the fireworks display at the Annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at Grape Day Park.  

Crews at Escondido Fire Station #1 have been working hard preparing Paramedics that are soon to be promoted to the position of Firefighter Paramedic. Acting Engineers Tyler Terich and Danny Chandler pump hose lays and assist Paramedics with ladder evolutions, building a strong foundation of basic Firefighter skills, and fostering the growth of the Department to better serve our community.

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 an MOU explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements for the hospital has been signed by all parties. The MOU was a requirement of the recent amendment to the ERTC Specific Plan and is currently being finalized. 
  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 described above are resolved. 
  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, and resubmitted on March 4, 2019.  The Plot Plan was approved on June 10, 2019.  
  1. Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A renovation of the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts, religious services, café, offices and classroom studios was approved by the City Council on December 5, 2018. Esgil has completed first check of the building plans on May 10, 2019, and returned comments to the applicant.  A demo permit was issued for the commercial building on the corner on July 1, 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 grading has commenced on the site.  The building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire.  Planning is reviewing a plan for screening rooftop mechanical equipment that was submitted on June 3, 2019. 
  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 team met with several departments on April 4, 2019, primarily to discuss traffic-related issues.  Planning and Building are awaiting submittal of a demo permit for the two abandoned residences on the site. 

City Projects 

  1. Membrane-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. 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.  Helix Environmental Planning will be preparing the draft environmental documents.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  A draft site plan was submitted to Planning on June 17, 2019.  A draft environmental review document is in preparation. 
  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.  City staff recently concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies is being prepared for submittal. 

Residential 

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (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.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project. 
  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. 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.  Another set of revised plans were submitted the week of November 26, 2018.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were issued on February 25, 2019.  In response to a follow-up discussion with the applicant, Planning provided additional comments on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues occurred on June 20, 2019. 
  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. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and includes a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 result from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and those discussions are on-going.  A resubmittal of Village 1 plans including grading, storm drain and the specific alignment plan for Country Club Lane was received on June 18, 2019.
    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.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Engineering is awaiting revised grading and improvement plans.  A second revision to the Precise Development Plan was submitted the week of June 17th. 
  1. Aspire (131 apartment 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 for a 106-unit development on June 23, 2017. On March 14, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of 11 Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 131 units) has been accommodated by eliminating all 3-bedroom units to allow additional studio, one- and two-bedroom units within the same building structure.  The project includes 4,289 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, primarily fronting on Maple Street Plaza.  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.  A proposed Development Agreement was submitted for staff review on April 24, 2019.  Engineering completed final review of the traffic study and storm water plans, asking for modifications to complete the reports.  Staff is working with the applicant to move the project to hearing, tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on August 13, 2019. 
  1. The Ivy (127 apartment units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The apartment project was initially submitted for entitlement processing for a 95-unit development on June 23, 2017. On February 8, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of nine Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 127 units) was accommodated by adding another story to the development resulting in a five-story residential building up to 75 feet in height.  While the building footprint is nearly identical to the previous design, the proposal also adds 1,175 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor at the corner of Second Avenue/Ivy Street.  The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project on May 28, 2019.  The project was approved by City Council on June 19, 2019.  A second reading for Ordinance adoption is scheduled to occur on July 17, 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. 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 revised project plans were submitted on February 12, 2019.  City staff provided comments on March 25, 2019.  Utilities is requesting an upsizing to the water line in Quince Street to 8”.  Traffic engineering received revised traffic counts on April 19, 2019.  The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration resulted in two comment letters.  Staff is working on a response to comments and the project is expected to be scheduled before the Planning Commission in August.
  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.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:      
    Sager 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 specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and 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. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  The USFWS has requested an additional time to comment.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  Project revisions may be necessary to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter. On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and “foundation only” permits were issued on May 16, 2019 for the model homes because Fire does not allow lumber on site until water and paved access are provided.  A Model Home Permit has been approved by Planning, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned.  CDFW is reviewing the conservation agreement and has indicated that it may take some time to approve the terms, which may delay Final Map recordation.  A model home permit was issued on July 10, 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 and Fire are coordinating fire flow and hydrant locations with the applicant.  It is anticipated that water lines will need to be upsized on Quince and Grand.  The applicant submitted a parking study on May 13, 2019, to support the proposed reduction in the number of parking spaces.  The applicant met with Engineering and Planning staff on May 22, 2019 to discuss the driveway location and Development Agreement terms.  Fire has approved the proposed hydrant locations and revised plans are expected soon.  Project plans have been resubmitted to the City on June 24, 2019. 
  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.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  Utilities has requested a sewer study to assess potential impacts to the nearby Lift Station 2. 
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – 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.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 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. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. A demolition permit for the former packinghouse structures was submitted on February 14, 2019 and only needs utility shutoff before work starts.  Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  A vegetation removal permit was issued on March 21, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019.  Utilities has identified conflicts with drainage facilities in the second plan check.  Fire and Engineering provided comments on the second submittal of final engineering plans on May 22, 2019.  The applicant worked with staff to resolve final boundary adjustment issues to satisfy the title company and a final approval for the boundary adjustment was granted on June 3, 2019.  The related Certificates of Compliance have now been recorded.  Planning comments on the final map, grading plans and landscape plans were sent to the applicant on June 21, 2019. 
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  An extension of time for both the North and South tentative maps was approved by the Zoning Administrator last week.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Utilities is awaiting resubmittal of a full set of plans.  Planning approved the South landscape plan. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on ten (10) applications for accessory dwelling units. Fourteen (14) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 52 permits (including 18 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $391,667. Three Tenant Improvement permits with a combined value of $305,341; most notably Mikko Sushi on Grand and Jersey Mike’s on E Valley Blvd. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 175 inspection requests. 117 customers visited the Building counter during the week. 
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO. The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions. 
  1. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection. Drywall installation has been completed and has received inspection approval. Finish work is underway and may take several weeks before a Final inspection is requested. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering and Building final approval. All Building Division conditions have been approved.  With Engineering conditions still pending, an extension of the temporary Certificate of Occupancy was granted to July 5th, 2019. 
  1. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has completed rough framing and drywall installation is on-going. Rough electrical inspection has been approved.  A temporary electrical service meter has been approved and released- this meter is for construction purposes only. The installation of exterior wall panels is on-going. Roof framing is complete and roof sheathing has been approved. 
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of floor sheathing on the 4th floor of Building B. Framing in all other buildings continues to progress.  Building C 2nd floor sheathing is complete; Building B roof sheathing and clubhouse exterior framing is complete. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete. Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff will continue to monitor progress. 
  1. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. Remaining Tilt up panels have been lifted into place. Roof framing construction is underway and once compete, staff will perform required inspections. 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. 2018 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project – This year’s program will focus on 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 slurry portion of the contract has been completed. The striping subcontractor is reapplying thermoplastic and paint legends and strips throughout the project limits. 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. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The contractors NCTD permit was approved along with the construction schedule which allows the contractor to begin to work. The Notice to Proceed for the contract was Monday, May 20. Submittals continue to be reviewed by the City. The contractor is set to begin demolition along the project on Monday with the first order of work requiring the closure of the Bike Path between Quince Street and Tulip Street. Signs notifying of the closure will be placed with detour sighs redirecting the bike/pedestrians to Valley Parkway.
  2. Missing Link Project – The City is requesting final billing from the contractor. The project will be on the July 17 Council agenda.
  3. HSIP Traffic Signal Project The signals were energized on July 8. This completes the reporting of this project. The project was completed on time and on budget.
  4. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – The final lift of asphalt pavement was placed this past Friday. The last remaining wall segments will be placed this week in advance of the application of two coats of anti-graffiti product. All remaining fencing elements, as well as minor landscaping, will be installed this week.  
  5. 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 contractor is off site until Tuesday of next week, when they will resume televising and cleaning the remaining storm drain segments.

 Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community – The contractor is continuing to reconstruct a water quality basin within the development that failed to perform during last winter’s rain season. The removal of failed or damaged concrete improvements is set to begin this week.
  2. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  3. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The water line syphon has passed its water quality testing procedures. The tie in to the City water system is being scheduled at this time.
  4. Veterans Village The project is now complete. All bonds and securities will begin to be processed for release.    
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project -  The grading operation is nearing completion. Over the course of the grading operation, 5,920 cubic yards of dirt will be delivered to the site. The large volume of blue granite boulders is being processed on site. The onsite roadway between Felicita Avenue and the Model Home street was completed this past week. Water from the Water District is now available which will allow for lumber to be delivered.
  6. Escondido Self Storage - No changes from that reported last week: The grading of the project is idled. Offsite utility construction has begun along Brotherton Road. The project is located at the southwest corner of Brotherton Road and Cranston Drive.
  7. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – The testing of the tank and distribution lines to the building are continuing this week which require the closure of the #1 travel lane on 2nd This is a day time closure only.
  8. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The construction of the new mainline is continuing again this week.

GRANT APPLICATIONS 

None this week.