FEATURED THIS WEEK
Welcome to Escondido:
We spoke with Westfield North County, Lexus of Escondido and the California Center for the Arts about adding vibrant slides on their digital marquee signs. The first of these billboards went into rotation this week. This is a great partnership with these local businesses to promote and welcome visitors to our City.
Goodbye the former Police Headquarters:
Demolition began this week at the old Police Headquarters building at 700 W. Grand Avenue. A new condominium project is scheduled to break ground in the fall. Read more about the project in the San Diego Union-Tribune article here.
National Night Out Against Crime at Grape Day Park
August 1, 2017 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the Escondido Police Department for a night of free activities for the whole family. Come get to know the police officers who serve and protect our City. For more information, click here.
- ULTA Beauty opened a new 9,800 SF store in the Promenade Shopping Center located at 1266 Auto Parkway. ULTA, which is headquartered in Illinois, opened its first store 25 years ago and is the largest beauty retailer in the United States.
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) – 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) – Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Tenant improvement plans for a 7,000 SF radiation oncology area were submitted on June 23, 2017. Engineering sent comments on the office condo parcel map last week.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – Grading of the site has commenced while final details of the building plans are still being reviewed. 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 staff has notified the applicant that additional information will be needed to complete the process.
- 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. Shut down of the on-site water line is scheduled for this week. Final design is close for the traffic signal at the project driveway entry.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – The Plot Plan has been approved and demolition is expected to start soon now that asbestos abatement has been completed. The applicant submitted construction plans on July 18 to start the expedited plan check program. The certified tentative parcel map was approved on July 25, 2017.
- StorQuest 222 W. Mission Ave. (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Engineering sent comments on the 3rd plan check for the grading plan on July 17, and Utilities comments went out on July 25, 2017. 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.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Revised grading, street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – 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. Mylars have been submitted to Engineering for approval of grading and improvement plans. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. Utilities comments on the Metcalf water line were sent out last week.
- 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, and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project.
- 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) – 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 – 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. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff has been issuing comments on the various documents.
- Citron (formerly Stella Park) Condominiums (Developer: William Lyon Homes) – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading permit was issued on May 22, 2017 allowing grading to start on the project, while building, landscape, and improvement plans continue in the review process. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – 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 provided the responses to public comments and Final EIR will be provided to Planning this week.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – 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.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map will be issued this week.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) – Demolition of the former police building commenced on July 25, 2017 and should be completed within two weeks. Building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities and Fire.
- 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. Staff and the EIR consultant will host an open house on July 31, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to provide information related to the Draft EIR and accept written comments. 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: 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 is being readied for City Council approval.
- 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. A revised tentative map was submitted last week and is currently being reviewed by staff. Staff is coordinating a new annexation survey of surrounding property owners at the request of LAFCO.
- Aspire and The Ivy (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – 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 occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete.
- 38 solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 531 solar permits this year compared to 727 issued for the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 181 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 132 single family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 46 single family dwelling and 88 multi- family dwellings for same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, three new apartment buildings, nine units.
- 700 W. Grand, 126-unit, five-story condo development on former Police Dept. site.
- 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.
- 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 has completed second and third floor concrete slabs.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has completed construction of the exterior masonry walls. Roof framing has commenced.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is proceeding with the framing of all nine buildings.
- The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway have started framing of the roof structural steel.
- Permits were issued for the demolition of the old Police Department headquarters at 700 W. Grand Avenue.
- The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd. has received underground plumbing inspection for the residential buildings.
- Permits were issued for a new single-family residence at 1164 Sierra Linda Drive where the previous home on the site was destroyed by the 2007 Witch Creek Fire.
Public Works Operations
East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
No changes from that previously reported: 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 was award by the City Council at the July 12, 2017 meeting. Construction is anticipated to begin in September.
Neighborhood Streetlight Project
No changes from that previously reported: 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, RTF, Rustic Village, The Elms). Staff advertised for bids on June 22, 2017 with bid opening on August 3, 2017. It is anticipated that award of the construction contract will be requested of the City Council
Annual Street Maintenance Project
Bid documents for the next annual street maintenance project are being prepared. 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 NE Maintenance Zone, which is bounded by Broadway on the West, Lincoln on the South, and the City limits on the North and East. In addition, resurfacing is planned on portions of Lincoln, El Norte, 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 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
The installation of the water main along Lehner Avenue will begin later this week. The contractor is mobilizing on Wednesday to complete permanent trench repairs and compaction for the sewer main in Ash Street.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The mass grading of the project is idled at this time, 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 at the Ash Street / Vista Avenue intersection. The drilling of the traffic signal foundations was interrupted due to the discovery of rock; the rock drill was delayed until later this week to complete the excavation. The offsite traffic signal located at Sheridan/Ash was delayed until July 26, 2017. The traffic signal for the El Norte Parkway / Vista Verde Way intersection will be activated on a later date to be determined. Onsite construction is concentrated on the testing of the new water line so that the construction of homes may resume.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of the offsite water main located on Centre City Parkway between Mission Avenue and the project is continuing this week with the excavation of the main line along Centre City Parkway. The tie in point along Mission Avenue is scheduled for the evening of August 1, 2017 during a night time operation. The contractor is continuing to construct the onsite cistern storm drain system.
The project’s offsite water improvements are being constructed this week. The tie in that was set for Monday of this week had to be cancelled due to the unexpected thunderstorm that flooded the work zone. The work will be rescheduled for a later date.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
No changes from that reported last week: The onsite construction, which includes sewer main, water main and storm drain improvements, will continue this week.
Palomar Medical Center
The construction of the second new driveway approach is continuing this week. The contractor has completed the rough grading of the temporary parking lot pad across from the main entrance to the hospital. Streetlight foundations as well as surface improvements are continuing this week.
Victory Industrial Park
No changes from that reported last week: 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.
The grading of the secondary store pad had been completed, grading of the associated parking lot is continuing this week. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway.
Detwiler Fire Updates:News:
- On 7/18/17 the crew assigned to Escondido Brush Unit #1363 (attached to an OES strike team) was released from the Whittier Fire near Santa Barbara and re-deployed to the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa.
- On 7/22/17 a crew was sent to the Detwiler Fire to relieve the Escondido Brush Unit #1363 crew that was deployed July 8, 2017.
- An Engineer was deployed as a PIO (Public Information Officer) Trainee at the Detwiler Fire.
- A Captain was deployed to the “Lost” incident in the Warner Springs area. He is assigned as a Strike Team Leader Trainee alongside an Encinitas Chief.
- On 7/16/17 at 05:26 hours, a female arrived at Washington Park and discovers her male friend had suffered a stab wound to his left shoulder area. Officers and medics quickly arrived on scene. The male victim refused to provide a statement and he was transported to a nearby hospital. The stab wound did not appear life-threatening. No suspect was identified at the time.
- On 7/16/17 at 16:19 hours, dispatch received a phone call of a collision on Via Rancho Pkwy at Beethoven, with a motorcyclist face-down in the street and not moving. Witnesses said the motorcyclist was traveling north at a speed of at least 60 mph and lane splitting when he collided into the back of a pickup truck. He was transported to Palomar Hospital with broken bones, but no life-threatening injuries. His vehicle damaged a cable television utility box, but it posed no electrical hazard.
- On 7/16/17 at 19:51 hours, officers responded to a call of a male brandishing a handgun in the area of 2041 Ardath Rd. Officers arrived and detained a male adult, who was in possession of a replica handgun where he had painted the orange tip black. (The male was in possession of the replica handgun and the item was visible in his waistband when contacted by officers.) He was arrested for Drunk in Public.
- On 7/16/17 at 23:49 hours, a K-9 unit picks-up a LOJACK signal in the area of Centre City Pkwy and El Norte Pkwy. A short time later the vehicle is located at 100 W. El Norte Pkwy occupied by a female adult. A high-risk vehicle stop is conducted and the suspect is taken into custody without incident. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Suspect was booked into jail for Felony Auto Theft.
- On 7/17/17 at 22:59 hours, an officer conducted a license plate check on a silver Hyundai, which came back stolen. A high-risk stop was conducted at 623 N. Escondido Blvd and two subjects were taken into custody without incident. The female passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant and the female driver was arrested for Auto Theft.
- On 7/18/17 at 02:07 hours San Diego Police Department ABLE requested assistance with a located carjacking vehicle at 110 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene and located the occupied vehicle in question, and conducted a high-risk stop. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. A replica firearm was located in the vehicle. SDPD resources arrived on scene and expressed their appreciation and took over the case.
- On 7/18/17 at 03:51 hours, officers respond to 243 E. Third Ave regarding a possible residential burglary in progress. The reporting party advised he lives alone and was gone all day. When he returned home he noticed a broken window in the back and the air conditioning was turned on. The reporting party also advised there were loaded guns scattered throughout the house. Officers arrived on scene, surrounded the house and the suspect crawled out of the same broken back window. The suspect was taken into custody with a minor use of force.
- On 7/18/17 at 15:12 hours, a female called 911 from 1225 E. Grand Ave. to report that her 51-year-old wheelchair-bound boyfriend was attempting to shoot her with a crossbow following an argument. She was able to flee from him and was not harmed. Police arrived and arrested the suspect without incident, and recovered the weapon. Suspect was booked into jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
- On 7/18/17 during evening hours an officer conducted a self-initiated traffic stop resulting in the seizure of 9.62 grams of meth and $6,300 in cash.
- On 7/20/17 at 18:09 hours, dispatch received a 911 call reference a person attempting to stab someone at 215 W. 6th Ave. Officers arrived on scene and quickly assessed the situation and initiated pursuit of the suspect who was fleeing on foot through the alleys. The male adult suspect was detained in the 700 block of S. Orange, where he was positively identified as the perpetrator. He was arrested and was booked into Vista Detention Facility for Felony Assault. During the detention, a resident of S. Orange ran out of the house, yelled at, and challenged officers thinking the arrestee was a brother. The Officer subdued the individual, who was later cited for Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.
- On 7/20/17 at 19:18 hours, officers responded to a 5 vehicle traffic collision with minor injuries. The person who caused the collision fled the scene and was apprehended by officers two blocks from the scene. Power pole/line damage necessitated a lengthy road closure; SDG&E and Escondido Police Department volunteers responded. Suspect was arrested for Felony DUI and Hit and Run.
- On 7/21/17 at 22:42 hours, several people called 911 regarding gunshots heard in the area of 1500 Oakhill. The Gang Enforcement Team, along with several patrol units, responded. Units narrowed their investigation to 1521 Oakhill. Officers located several .223 rifle casings in the yard and an AR-15 rifle in a vehicle parked in front of the house. Ultimately a 23-year-old male was arrested for the negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of an illegal weapon, and the firearm was confiscated.
- On 7/18/17 the North County Realtors Association presented Lt. Allen Owens (retired) and Lt. Justin Murphy a check for $15,600 to continue funding programs through the Police Athletic League (PAL). With this check the Realtors went over $200,000 in donations since 2009. Thank you North County Realtors!
- Escondido Police Department Volunteer Dave Gayheart was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by Crime Stoppers on July 21, 2017.
- Chief Carter was recognized for his efforts with the Senior Disaster Relief Alliance.
- The following sergeants successfully completed training: Eric Olson, Janice Kolhof, and Jeff Valdivia.
- The annual Escondido Police Department/ Escondido Fire Department Family Picnic took place at Dixon Lake last weekend. It was well attended and everyone had a good time. Officer Solorio appeared to really enjoy the watermelon eating contest.