June 27, 2019

Escondido 56th Annual Independence Day Festival
Join us for Escondido’s 56th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Grape Day Park next Thursday, July 4.  This free community event features live music by Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins, Rosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM. Enjoy fabulous food trucks lined up along Broadway Avenue, and children’s activities, and games for everyone to enjoy, including inflatable activities by Wow Factor Attractions and extraordinary chalk art workshops by Cecelia Lanayao. Be sure to stop by SoCal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch four different match-ups throughout the day.  Finally, the festivities will conclude with a special performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display starting at 9 pm. You won’t want to miss this annual North County tradition!

Escondido Fire Department Assists with Palm Tree Rescue
Last week the Escondido Fire Department provided assistance to San Marcos with a palm tree rescue on the boarder of San Marcos and Carlsbad. The nature of the location makes this kind of rescue challenging: the victim is stuck under a frond skirt that had fallen on him while he was working about 40 feet in the air. The tactics used are to get a rescuer to the victim to support help relieve the weight and to get rescuers above the skirt to cut apart the skirt and then get the victim down. This requires the use of a large aerial ladder which is why Escondido was called for mutual aid. Firefighters from the three departments worked together to bring the trapped worker down safely. He was injured from the ordeal (trapped for over an hour) but he will be fine.

This rescue highlights the value of having well-trained personnel across the region and the equipment that allows them to perform when a complex emergency occurs. Read more about the rescue by clicking the image below.


Summer Movies in the Park Returns this Weekend
Join your friends and neighbors at Grape Day Park Saturday night for the first night of the “Movies in the Park” series. Enjoy four beautiful summer evenings in Grape Day Park, while catching outdoor movies that are perfect for the whole family.  The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a variety of children’s activities, as well as a snack bar.

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 7 p.m. - How to Train Your Dragon
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 7 p.m. - Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 7 p.m. - Smallfoot
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 - p.m. - Spiderman - Into the Spiderverse

Bring a blanket or low-back chairs for seating and your own food, if you wish.  The movies begin at dusk.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. “Movies in the Park” is sponsored by the Escondido History Center and the City of Escondido Recreation Division.

Escondido Youth Baseball Regional Champions!
Both of our Escondido Youth Baseball 12u All Star teams qualified for this year’s regional finals.  The two teams played each other for the San Diego North Region title. The winning team will now compete this weekend in the San Diego Region Champions. Go EYB! 

Five Suits Brewing Coming to Grand Avenue
Five Suits Brewing has leased a storefront on Grand Avenue and will specialize in craft beer, their 14,000-square-foot building will also house a boutique distillery and meadery, plus a kitchen serving tacos and Mexican street food. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune article here: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/beer/story/2019-06-20/more-than-a-brewery-five-suits-plans-one-stop-shop-for-craft-beer-spirits-mead-and-mexican-street-food

Cal Club Courtyard Unveiled at the Art Center
On Wednesday, June 26 The California Center for the Arts, Escondido held a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newly transformed Cal Club Courtyard. Many hours of volunteer labor and creative planning were poured into the beautiful transformation of the Cal Club Courtyard. City staff partnered with the team to ensure the long term success of this space. Thank you to all who donated and volunteered to make this vision become a reality.


Save the Date: Career Fair Comes to the Library Next Month


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Man Arrested After Threatening People in McDonalds
On June 19 at around 10:00 p.m., Joseph Munno (39-year-old resident of San Diego) entered a McDonalds on the 3400 block of Del Lago Blvd. and began threatening to kill everyone inside.  Not knowing if Munno was armed, officers responded to the location with lights and sirens.  Officers arrived before Munno could carry out his threats and no one was injured.  Munno was quickly detained and later arrested on criminal threats charges.

Suspicious Device Turns Out to be Speaker
On June 17 at about 9:30 p.m., an unknown adult male entered the 7-11 store at 768 N. Midway Dr., put a small device with batteries strapped to it on a counter, and ran from the store.  The store employee evacuated the store and called police. The object could not be easily identified and San Diego County Sheriff Bomb Arson personnel responded.  Upon further inspection, the object was determined to be only a speaker with exposed batteries.  It is still unknown why the unknown person dropped the object in the store and ran away.

Armed Man Leads to SWAT Response
On June 18 at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding an adult male refusing to leave the Hacienda Motel (735 N. Broadway).  The first officer arrived at knocked on the motel room door where the male was staying.  The male yelled that he had a gun and would shoot at officers through the door.  Officers attempted to deescalate the situation by backing away.  As officers were backing away they heard at least two gunshots from inside the room.  Attempts were made to contact the male by phone, but there was no response.  Escondido SWAT and Emergency Negotiations Team personnel responded.  Eventually SWAT officers broke a window to the room and were able to determine that the male was deceased in the room.  No officers were harmed during this incident.

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.     

  • 6 arrest
  • 4 citations
  • 26 extra patrols


Captain Justin Murphy graduated from CSUSM’s Leadership North County program this past week. Participants include emerging leaders who want to better understand the region's challenges and opportunities. Congrats to Captain Murphy!



Escondido Disposal (EDCO) located at 1044 West Washington will be demolishing a building on their property to make room for the expansion of new processes. Prior to demolition, EDCO graciously allowed the Fire Department to use the building for training. Last week, crews trained on ventilation operations on a commercial building by cutting inspection holes and using various techniques employed during different fire suppression strategies. Cutting into an actual commercial roof provides invaluable experience that makes the firefighters more efficient and effective during an actual commercial building fire.


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 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.  The historic mitigation has been completed and Planning is ready to sign off on the demo permit for the commercial building on the corner.  Second plan check was submitted the City on June 21, 2019.   


  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 to discuss design and timeline issues.  A rough site plan was presented to the Staff Development Committee on May 21, 2019 for initial feedback.  Planning staff attended a design meeting with the design team on June 5, 2019.  A draft site plan was submitted to Planning on June 17, 2019. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  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. 


  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: 
    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:
  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 July 23, 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.  A City Council hearing occurred on June 19, 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 will end on July 8, 2019. 
  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.
  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.
  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 last week.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on thirteen (13) applications for accessory dwelling units. Nine (9) 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 93 permits (including 35 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $383,561.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 186 inspection requests. 191 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 261 inspection requests. 154 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received final Building Inspection approval and a Certificate of Occupancy has been granted.
  1. 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 has 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 received inspection approval.  Interior finish work is underway and will receive final inspection when completed.
  1. No change from the previous. The Citron multifamily project at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd has received final inspection for all buildings except Building 1, which is in the process of being converted from a sales office back into a garage.  That work should be completed this week.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 105-room hotel at 200 La Terraza Blvd is open for business under a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy while they work through Engineering inspection corrections.  An extension of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been granted until July 5, 2019.
  1. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. has completed rough framing and drywall installation is on-going. Rough electrical installation is on-going.
  1. The Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave has received approval of floor sheathing on the 4th floor of Building A.
  1. The nine-unit apartments at 917 W. Lincoln Ave have received partial inspection approval for drywall. The structural beam issue has been resolved. Staff continues to monitor progress on this jobsite.
  1. The two-story, 20,000 square foot office building for Superior Ready Mix at 1564 W. Mission has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. Remaining tilt up panels have been lifted into place. Other site work is on-going.


Capital Improvements

  1. 2019 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 will be completed in 5 days. 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).         
  2. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The preconstruction meeting for the project was held on Wednesday, April 24. The contractors NCTD permit will be approved this week. The Notice to Proceed for the contract was Monday, May 20. Submittals and construction schedules are being corrected by the contractor at this time.
  3. Missing Link Project – The City is requesting final billing from the contractor. The project will be on the July 17 council agenda.
  4. HSIP Traffic Signal Project The project will provide new traffic signals at Valley Parkway/Date Street, and El Norte Parkway/Fig Street intersections. The project is funded by the Highway Safety Improvements Projects. The contractor completed the installation of all signal poles this past week. The signals will be energized on July 8. Installation of concrete improvements are ongoing this week.
  5. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – The new structural section between Brenna Hills Place and Valley Parkway is being constructed this week. Concrete sidewalks and drainage structures driveways are being placed this week.
  6. 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 began cleaning and repairing pipeline segments in advance of installation of the liner material on Thursday of last week.

 Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community No changes from that reported last week: The developer is reconstructing a water quality basin within the development that failed to perform during last winter’s rain season. When completed the basin resembles a park with grass for neighborhood activities.
  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 – 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street -  No changes from that reported last week: The water line construction is currently under pretest procedures. The sewer manhole located in Gamble Street has been constructed.
  4. Veterans Village The storm drain trench in Escondido Boulevard was resurfaced this past week, in preparation of the Cities maintenance program.   
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project No changes from that reported last week: 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 onsite improvement for sewer and storm drain pipes are currently under construction.
  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 tank testing and lines to the building are being completed this week. The reopening of the #1 lane on Second Avenue will be completed by July 1.
  8. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The construction of the new mainline is continuing again this week.


None this week.