FEATURED THIS WEEK
- An additional thank you to all those involved in preparing, presenting, and adopting the City of Escondido’s Preliminary Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. At approximately $190 million for all operating funds, this budget is balanced without using reserves, and provides for full City operations, including a fully staffed and equipped Police and Fire Department.
- As part of the overall development plans in the downtown area involving Touchstone Communities, the former medical office building on Ivy Street and Valley Parkway will be demolished. Prior to demolition, Touchstone contacted the City to offer the Fire Department an opportunity to use the building for training purposes. The City appreciates this cooperation and the Fire Department has arranged several sessions to take advantage of this opportunity.
Symphony in the Park – Grape Day Park – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday June 18
Free afternoon of music. Bring your low-backed chair, beach blanket, friends and family. Relax in the park as you listen to wonderful music presented by the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra.
- The Kickin’ it Challenge youth soccer tournament will be played at Ryan Park June 16-18, 2017. Teams will be participating from all over Southern California. It is expected that 2000 families will be traveling to Escondido for this event.
- Coughlin Windows recently completed upgrades to their storefront in Escondido. They participated in the Façade Grant Improvement Program offered by the City, and received matching grant funds to help offset the costs of their remodel. Stop by and check out their new showroom located at 215 W. Washington Avenue. http://coughlinwindows.com/
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) – The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Revisions to the traffic study have been reviewed by staff leading to the issuance of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review period that ends on June 8, 2017. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted the third week of May. The right of access to Centre City Parkway is scheduled for consideration by City Council on June 7, 2017. Based on Council discussion on June 7, 2017, City staff will require the project to record an irrevocable offer to dedicate for future pedestrian access to the future residential project to the south, Latitude II. City staff is currently preparing a final Mitigated Negative Declaration that responds fully to all comments received during the comment period.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. The second check of grading plans was received by Engineering the week of April 30, 2017 and returned back to the applicant with comments three weeks ago.
- Victory 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: 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 last week and construction is ready to commence. Initial site grubbing started last week.
- 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 will be sending out comments on the third check of the grading plan this week.
- 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 was resubmitted to Engineering on May 1, 2017. Comments on the landscape submittal and grading permit application were returned last week.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project is participating in the expedited plan check program; the demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a second 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 is ready to record. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments. The applicant submitted for a third plan check on June 2, 2017.
- 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) – Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check. 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. The application is tentatively scheduled to go to Planning Commission on June 27, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project is nearing completion as there are only one or two phases remaining to construct.
- Lexington (Zenner) (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, 2017. The applicant and Engineering staff are engaged with the County Water Authority on a necessary utility crossing through a short section of their easement.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – 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.
- 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 back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. The final map has been scheduled for City Council approval on June 7, 2017. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with three more phases receiving building permits last week. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan for the remainder of the development were sent on May 16, 2017. Staff is currently working with the developer to make sure that fire safety and access is maintained during construction.
- 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 request for a three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) will be considered by the City Council on June 7, 2017.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017.
- 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. It is expected that those title issues will be resolved through a combination of quitclaims and eminent domain. A North County Transit District Board meeting is scheduled on June 15, 2017, which will resolve some of the issues. A revised rough grading plan and street improvement plans were resubmitted about three weeks ago and Engineering sent comments back last week. Asbestos and lead-based paint abatement should start next week in preparation for demolition of the vacant building on the site. Abatement should commence on June 8, 2017, which would enable demolition in early July.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the City’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. It is anticipated that a draft EIR will be released for public review and comment at the end of the month. 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. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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 first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant and the applicant has indicated that revised plans should be resubmitted in about two weeks. The applicant will be coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.
- 25 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 417 solar permits this year compared to 616 issued for the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 155 inspection requests for the week. 4 inspections were held over on Friday.
- Building has issued 105 single family dwelling permit this year and 112 multi-family units. Compared with 41 single family dwelling and 33 multi- family dwellings for same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- Latitude 2, 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
- 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- The construction of the abandon 3 story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. (City Plaza) has received partial approval of roof faming and rough framing inspections. No change from previous.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is requesting a temporary certificate of occupancy. No change from previous.
- Drywall is being installed in the first floor units at the Meadowbrook 3 story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. The nursery care facility is now open.
- Escondido Disposal is proceeding with finish work for the remodel of the existing administration building. Occupancy expected within 2 to 3 weeks. No change from the previous.
- Demolition of the previous bank building at 444 S Escondido Blvd is nearing completion. No change from the previous.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway is progressing with the erection of the building structural steel.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Parkway is progressing with the exterior masonry wall construction.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Parkway is proceeding with the framing on two of the buildings.
- The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E. 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway have received partial foundation inspection 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 Parkway has received suspended ceiling, drywall and hood inspection approvals. Final inspection and occupancy is expected soon. No change from the previous.
- The Ford auto dealership at 1717 Auto Parkway is setting the finish in the office showroom as part of their extensive remodel.
uilding Maintenance & Operations
Jim Stone Pool and Mechanical Building
San Diego County Health Department has accepted the project as complete, the gas meter has been installed and the final walk-thru and turnover has been completed. The project is scheduled for City Council acceptance on July 12, 2017.
15/16 Street Rehab and Maintenance Project
As part of this project, staff reached out to the Utilities Department working on a project on Hamilton Lane. As a result, additional work has been negotiated to include repaving Hamilton Lane from its intersection with Bernardo Avenue to a point approximately 350 feet west of Orange Avenue. Due to slower than anticipated tunneling operations along the Via Rancho Parkway portion, pavement work, originally anticipated for June, is now estimated for completion in late August. Neighborhoods affected by this work are being updated of project status by the Utility Department staff and the contractor.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week; Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of the roadway base material has begun for the construction of the new roadway improvements for the two onsite streets.
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
Offsite traffic signal construction is continuing at Sheridan/Ash, and the El Norte/Vista Verde intersection signal poles are installed. The two traffic signals are still scheduled for activation on June 21 and 22 of this month. The offsite improvements are set to begin later this week along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue, the soft date for activating the remaining traffic signal is July 26. Onsite construction is concentrated on installation of roadway base material in advance of placing new asphalt roadway material.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The remaining section of the storm drain box floor was poured this week along the edge of Centre City Parkway. Onsite water line testing has been completed, the water line will be tied into the potable system this week.
Solutions Housing 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
The final concrete improvements have been completed along Escondido Boulevard, the roadway paving restoration has been rescheduled until next week.
No changes from that previously reported. The projects off site water improvements are idled this week while the developers design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this projects frontage.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Avenue. The developer has completed the mass grading of the project and is constructing wall footing, sewer main and storm drain improvements onsite this week.
Palomar Medical Center
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 project is in the clear and grubbing phase of the operation this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
Center Point Project
The project is located at the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway. The onsite installation of erosion control elements is continuing this week along with the removal of trees and landscaping.
Rincon del Diablo water project:
The water line contractor is continuing to proceed with project close out, this work is requiring day time closures of a single lane of traffic along Ash Street, between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue.
- On 6/7/17 at 15:00 hours, an 8-year-old female attending an after school program at Conway School went to the bathroom. She stated she was drinking from the water fountain and felt a “stab” to her back and fell onto the ground. She said she woke up in the back seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of WalMart (1500 E. Grand Ave). She was alone in what she described as a black car and could hear voices of someone talking nearby. She stated she got out, ran and hid in some bushes and then walked home to her house on Felicita Ave. She arrived about 5:30 p.m. and it was unknown what transpired during the 2 ½ hours she was missing. The Family Protection Unit responded and after a thorough and diligent investigation, the incident was deemed unfounded.
- On 6/7/17 at 22:00 hours, the reporting party (Mother of victim) called police saying her 55-year-old boyfriend had sexually assaulted her 12-year-old daughter. The reporting party stated they were holding the front door closed to prevent the suspect from leaving before police arrived. After police arrived and the initial investigation ensued, it was determined the suspect did in fact sexually batter the victim. The Family Protection Unit was already in the city wrapping up the above case and responded to assist with this investigation. The suspect was ultimately arrested and taken to the Police Department for an interview. A huge thank you to the Family Protection Unit for practically staying up all night and helping out, it is truly appreciated.
- On 6/9/17 at 09:59 hours, an officer located an occupied stolen vehicle near the area of Lake Wohlford Road and E. Valley Parkway. Several Patrol Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and took the driver into custody. The suspect was ultimately placed under arrest for Felony Auto Theft and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 6/9/17 at 23:09 hours, officers responded to the 7-11 located at 263 E. Grand Avenue in reference of a report of sexual assault. According to the victim, a male attempted to get the victim to provide sex for money near the gazebo at the Heritage Garden Park in downtown Escondido. When she refused, the suspect exposed his genitalia and pressed himself against her. A couple of males in the area interrupted the incident and ran the suspect off. The suspect walked into the 7-11 a few minutes later claiming he had been jumped (video was unable to be recovered) and fled south on Juniper St. This case has been forwarded to the Family Protection Unit for follow-up.
- On Saturday, June 10, the Escondido Police CARE Foundation, along with CrossFit Iconic in Escondido, held a charity fitness competition to benefit the CARE Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to financially assist Escondido Police Officers in the event of a personal or work-related tragedy. Two-person teams competed in various fitness levels and groupings over an 8-hour time period. A special thank you to Sergeant Shannon Murphy and CSO Cecilia Gonzalez for putting the event together!