FEATURED THIS WEEK
- Escondido has been awarded a $1,207,000 grant from the Housing-Related Parks Program through the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The Housing-Related Parks Program is an innovative State program designed to reward local governments that approve housing for lower-income households and are in compliance with State housing element law with grant funds to create or rehabilitate parks and/or recreational facilities.
- Escondido Brush Unit #1363 was deployed on July 8, 2017 to assist with the Alamo Fire in San Luis Obispo. The 28,687-acre is 65% contained according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- This weekend, July 14 -16, 2016, the Escondido Soccer Club will be hosting their annual Dave Shelton youth soccer tournament at Ryan Park, using all eight fields. There will be 149 teams competing with teams traveling in from all over San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County. This is the City’s largest annual youth soccer tournament hosted at Ryan Park. We expect over 2300 families visiting, shopping, dining, and lodging in Escondido
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Health also will be constructing their new outpatient center adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The grading plan was approved on May 10, 2017. Planning has approved a modified front elevation that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. A building permit for the supermarket shell building was issued last week. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017. The architectural details for the stand-alone pad building on the east side of the property (i.e. Starbucks) filed for design review on June 6, 2017 and is currently being reviewed by staff.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – Final interior design changes to meet Marriott’s current generation prototype were approved by Esgil and Planning on July 11, 2017. Construction is expected to commence within the next two weeks.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – The Zoning Administrator adopted the environmental document on June 28, 2017 leading to approval of the plot plan application that same day. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted the third week of May and demolition is expected to start soon now that asbestos abatement has been completed. The applicant has notified staff that he intends to submit construction plans on July 18 to start the expedited plan check program.
- StorQuest 222 W. Mission Ave. (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – The grading plan has been approved by Planning and Fire. The third grading plan check was received by Engineering and Utilities on June 20, 2017 and is currently being reviewed. Building plans have now been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Landscape plans were submitted on June 7, 2017 and Planning reviews have been returned to the applicant.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife. The grading plan has been approved, BMP’s are installed and the permit has been issued. Signal plans and street improvement plans have been approved. A pre-construction conference was held at the site and construction has commenced. The applicant has invited the Mayor and City Council to attend a groundbreaking event on July 13, 2017.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Engineering sent comments on the third check of the grading plan in mid-June. Staff is awaiting revised plans from the applicant.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Comments on the building permit application have been returned. Landscaping drawings were submitted on May 9, 2017. The second check of the grading plan is nearing approval.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project is participating in the expedited plan check program. The demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017, and comments from all departments were provided back within 13 days. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site has recorded. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments. The applicant submitted for a 3rd plan check on June 2, 2017, and a request for final, minor corrections was sent back on June 15, 2017. Building plans were approved by Esgil and Fire the last week of June.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, 2017 and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility. The most likely option will be to build the project in phases starting with two of the three approved buildings.
- HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.
- 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. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant submitted a CUP modification application on May 25, 2017, to increase the size of the sanctuary and classroom buildings and delete Phase 4. That modification was approved by the Planning Commission on June 27, 2017. Plan check has been underway during the CUP modification process with the building plans already in third plan check and the grading plan in second plan check.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff comments were issued last week.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Lexington (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Building permits for 15 additional homes were issued on May 4, 2017, and eight more homes were issued on May 9. The County Water Authority has now approved a necessary utility crossing through a short section of their easement. The new traffic signal at the corner of Ash and Vista should be operational before school starts back up.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Lyon Homes submitted a precise grading plan on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6 and landscape plans on May 1. Comments were returned in the beginning of June. The rough grading permit was issued on May 22, 2017 allowing construction to start on the project. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan were sent out on June 16, 2017.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant has forwarded draft responses to comments to staff for review. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. The final map was approved by City Council on June 7, 2017. Utilities approved the off-site water line plans two weeks ago. Building permits for all six residential buildings (112 units) were issued on June 22, 2017.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with three more phases receiving building permits in early June. The precise grading plan for the remainder of the development has been approved.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. Staff anticipates that the Draft EIR will be out for public review in June or July of 2017.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies. 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 is currently reviewing revisions to the tentative map that were submitted in early June.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. NCTD has approved its quitclaims and the City Council has authorized eminent domain. Building and grading permits are nearing approval. Asbestos and lead-based paint abatement has been completed in preparation for demolition of the vacant building on the site, which should start this month.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR commenced on June 28, 2017 and will end on August 11, 2017. The Draft EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley has been approved.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. The applicant has notified staff that a revised design for the project entry and open space area adjacent to the Laurashawn Lane homes will be submitted this week. The applicant will be coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.
- Aspire and The Ivy (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The project consists of three separate downtown sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage project components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff has been scheduled for July 13, 2017. Staff and the applicant are working on an agreement that will provide contract planner services to expedite project review times.
- 12 solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 485 solar permits this year compared to 687 issued for the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 134 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 123 single family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 48 single family dwelling and 33 multi- family dwellings for same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, three new apartment buildings, nine units.
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has received partial approval of roof framing and rough framing inspections. No change from previous.
- Drywall is being installed in the second floor units at the Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. The nursing care facility is now open.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is progressing with the erection of the building structural steel. No change from the previous.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has completed construction of the exterior masonry walls. Framing has commenced.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is proceeding with the framing on two of the buildings. All but one of the nine building foundations have been completed.
- The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway have received partial foundation inspections and underground plumbing inspections. Construction of the exterior masonry walls is progressing. No change from the previous.
- The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Pkwy has received final inspection approval.
- The Ford auto dealership at 1717 Auto Pkwy is setting the finish in the office showroom as part of their extensive remodel. Final finish and site work is in progress. No change from the previous.
- The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd. has received partial foundation inspection and inspections of the masonry walls at Building 1. No change from the previous.
Public Works Operations
East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. This project bid on May 25, 2017, City staff has received Caltran’s approval of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for this federally funded project. The project is on the agenda and recommended for award by the City Council at the July 12, 2017 meeting. Construction is anticipated to begin later this summer.
Neighborhood Streetlight Project
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, Rose to Foxdale, Rustic Village, The Elms). Staff advertised for bids on June 22, 2017, bid opening on August 3, 2017. It is anticipated that award of the construction contract will be requested of the City Council at the August 16, 2017 meeting. Construction is anticipated to begin by late summer/early fall.
East Valley Pkwy/Date and El Norte Parkway/Fig Street Traffic Signals
This project will add new signals at both of these intersections. Designs for both projects are complete. The City has received Authorization to Construct approval from Caltrans. Staff has completed minor updates to the plans and specifications, and they are under final review by the City Engineer. Staff anticipates advertising this project for bids in August 2017.
Annual Street Maintenance Project
City staff are currently preparing bid documents for the next annual street maintenance project. The project will replace uplifted sidewalks and trees, apply pavement treatments, and restripe with bike lanes in compliance with the City’s Bike Master Plan. This year’s project will focus in the North East Maintenance Zone, which is bounded by Broadway on the West, Lincoln on the South, and City limits on the North and East. In addition, resurfacing is planned on portions of Lincoln, El Norte Parkway, Broadway, Felicita and Andreasen. Staff expects to finalize bid documents later this summer, request City Council award of the contract, and begin construction in the fall. The list of streets to be paved will be posted on the Engineering page of the City’s website in August.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week: Phase 6 homes are being released for occupancy this week.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The installation of the roadway base material has begun for the construction of the new roadway improvements for the two onsite streets.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The mass grading of the project is continuing, the project is located 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard
Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is continuing to place framing along the 3rd floor, lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be ongoing to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the third floor roof.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The County of San Diego offsite improvements are continuing this week along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue, the full roadway closure was completed on July 1, 2017, 6 days ahead of schedule. Work will now proceed on the construction of the traffic signal at Ash Street and Vista Avenue which includes the final pavement surface in the intersection. Onsite construction is concentrated on the installation of a temporary water line so that the construction of homes may resume.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
No changes from that reported last week: The preconstruction meeting for the construction of the offsite water main along the easterly edge of Centre City Parkway, beginning at the Mission Avenue/Centre City Parkway intersection, was held June 29, 2017. The work will require the closure of one lane of traffic along Centre City Parkway.The work is tentatively set to begin on July 5, 2017 of this week with saw cutting of the asphalt roadway. Electronic message boards will be placed in advance of the work starting to inform the motorist of the closure, no detours are expected as part of the construction.
The projects offsite water improvement plans concerning the multiple utility crossings has been submitted and approved. Work is expected to start along Escondido Blvd shortly.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
No changes from that previously reported: The onsite construction, which includes constructing wall footing, sewer main and storm drain improvements, will continue this week.
Palomar Medical Center
Contractor has installed the temporary pedestrian crossing at the southerly hospital entrance and has started to construct the new driveway approach. The contractor has completed the rough grading of the temporary parking lot pad across from the main entrance to the hospital. Street light foundations as well as surface improvements are being installed this week.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation at this site, including the importing of material, will continue this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
Center Point Project
No change from that reported last week: The demolition of the existing concrete slabs was completed this week. The improvement plans as well as the traffic signal plans for the three surrounding intersections have been approved for construction. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway.
- Save the date! This year is the 10th anniversary of Stachetoberfest. The event is set to take place on October 4, 2017 at Stone Brewery. More details to follow in the coming weeks. http://stachetoberfest.net/
- On 7/2/17 at 05:05 hours, officers responded to a report of domestic violence at the Comfort Inn, 1290 W. Valley Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the male suspect, who confronted the officers and was taken into custody with a minor use of force. No officers were injured. Officers requested medics for the victim who suffered facial injuries and loss of consciousness; she was transported to a local hospital. Suspect was booked into the Vista Jail for various violent felony charges.
- On 7/2/17 at 16:45 hours, a call was received regarding a shooting at Lincoln and Broadway between motorists after a traffic collision. Investigation revealed a driver was being chased by a car (white Malibu) of subjects E/B on SR-78 toward Broadway. The driver being chased (Gray Accord) rear ended an uninvolved vehicle and then ran off the road down into the park and ride parking lot. The chasing vehicle had occupants that were shooting (most likely a pellet or BB gun) at the vehicle being chased. The driver of the chased vehicle then drove away. California Highway Patrol handled the hit and run by the “victim.”
- On 7/02/17 at 23:11 hours, a male adult jumped over the service counter at the CVS Pharmacy, 318 W. El Norte Pkwy, and stole codeine; no weapons seen. The suspect reportedly fled on foot, and may have driven off in a dark colored Nissan sedan. Units quickly converged and made several pedestrian and vehicle stops to no avail. The suspect was described as a black male adult, thin build, wearing a hood and mask.
- On 07/03/17, a female adult stole a running vehicle from Cars Plus at 502 W. Mission Avenue and drove it off the lot. The Manager followed her to AMPM on El Norte Pkwy and Iris but the suspect exited the vehicle and ran into a bathroom in a nearby dental office. The suspect then then fled again to a property adjacent to Rod McCleod Park and hid in cacti but was quickly located. After negotiations by officers, she exited the cacti and was taken into custody without incident and charged with auto theft.
- On 7/3/17, while working a Saturation Patrol detail in the area of Washington Ave and Quince St, an officer sees a Kia sedan with a reverse commercial license plate attached that came up as lost or stolen. The officer initiates a traffic stop and after a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed into three other cars. Two males fled and a female stayed in the car. The officer apprehended the driver and gave information on the passenger that fled Northbound on Quince St. Witnesses say the runner went through 710 N. Quince and then into Mt. Vernon. The passenger was located at Mt. Vernon and another foot pursuit occurred. This passenger is arrested in the Carpet Club parking lot. A quarter pound of meth, some heroin, and drug paraphernalia was found in the car. The car was stolen. The driver was arrested on multiple drug and theft charges. The male passenger was a parolee at large. The female passenger was not charged.
- On 07/04/17, at 08:10 hours, officers responded to 1811 E. Grand Ave for a welfare check where a male was heard shouting. Officers arrive and make contact with a male through a security screen door. The male slammed the door but they acquired his name through the apartment manager and discovered he had a parole violation warrant. Officers forced entry and after a struggle took the subject into custody. Officers sustained minor injuries and the suspect received treatment for his injuries at Palomar Hospital prior to being booked for the warrant and Felony Resisting Arrest.
- On 7/4/17 at 23:25 hours, officers respond to a fight that was occurring in the middle of the street, in front of 643 N. Grape St. Officers arrived on scene and observed subjects fleeing the area. Officers detained one of the subjects leaving, who had a stab wound to his lower left abdomen that was not life threatening. The victim was uncooperative with the investigation. No suspect information.
- On 7/5/17 at 03:50 hours, officers respond to Motel 6, 900 N. Quince St, in reference to a male adult acting strange and frightening people. Officers contacted and arrested a male adult for Public Intoxication. The suspect suddenly became combative and a struggle ensued. Ultimately the suspect was placed in maximum restraints and was transported to Palomar Hospital by medics, for booking clearance. Officers sustained minor injuries.
- On 7/7/17 at 21:05 hours, officers responded to 1560 E. Grand Ave referencing a radio call of a robbery. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who said a Hispanic Male Adult, approximately 25 years old, approached him while he was seated in his vehicle and took the victim’s cell phone. When the victim demanded his phone back, the suspect punched him on the side of his face and fled the area. The suspect was not located.
- On Saturday, 7/7/17, officers from Escondido, Carlsbad and Oceanside Police Departments, deputies from San Diego Sheriffs, and officers from San Diego County Probation teamed up in Escondido for AB 109 probationer compliance checks. 49 locations were visited, with six people arrested for various offenses, including probation violations, warrants and drug possession. This is an on-going, monthly, cooperative detail for North County agencies to ensure compliance of AB 109 probationers.