June 6, 2019

Read, Act, Play at the Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge
Escondido Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to “Read, Act, Play.” The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8 to July 27. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Participants of all ages log reading and event participation online at http://www.escondidolibrary.org/summer to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Baltimore Snowball.

Three Local Businesses Join National Development Program
On May 16, Cute Cakes, Deanna’s Glute Free Bakery and The Grand Tea room joined over 50 other businesses from the San Diego region at the opening seminar for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) 2019 cohort. ICCC is a national professional development program that helps take minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and other disadvantaged businesses to the next level. The three Escondido businesses were nominated by the City’s economic development division, and accepted into the program through a competitive process. For more information on ICCC, visit Link Here

Triple Crown Multi-State Tournament Returns to Escondido
Triple Crown Sports will be hosting a girl’s fast pitch softball tournament on June 8 & 9 in Kit Carson Park using all eight fields.  There will be 1200 players and spectators throughout each day.  Teams are traveling from all over California, Arizona, and Nevada to lodge, shop, and dine in the Escondido area this weekend.  

BY THE NUMBERS 

Public Works 

 

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

 Police:

May Abandoned Vehicle Data


Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through June1 of each year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT                                

Incidents:

Juveniles Arrested in Robbery of Pizza
On May 27, 2019 at about 5:50 p.m., a pizza delivery driver called police to report that he had just been robbed in the 1900 block of Sheridan Ave.  The delivery driver further explained that he knocked on the front door of the residence to deliver a pizza.  Two males answered the door, one of them brandished a knife and took the pizza from the driver without paying.  Officers responded to the address where the robbery occurred and determined that the two males involved were 15 and 17 years old.  Both were arrested for robbery.  Their identity is not being revealed due to their age. 

Officers Arrest Suspected Taggers
On May 29, 2019 at around 6:15 p.m., officers saw two juveniles in the act of spray painting graffiti on a bench at the Escondido Transit Center (700 W. Valley Pkwy.).  One of the juveniles ran from officers, but was chased down and arrested.  The second juvenile also resisted arrest, but was taken into custody following a minor use of force.  One of the juveniles was arrested for vandalism and violating juvenile probation.  The second juvenile was arrested for vandalism and violently resisting arrest.  Both juveniles are suspected of being involved in several other graffiti incidents throughout Escondido. 

Power Pole Destroyed in Collision
On May 31, 2019 at around 6:55 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision near the intersection of Washington Ave. and Daisy St.  The collision occurred when the driver of a car said that their accelerator became stuck, causing them to lose control of the car and strike a power pole.  The power pole broke in half, falling across Washington Ave. and forcing the closure of the roadway until SDG&E crews could turn the power off and remove the damaged pole.  Escondido police volunteers responded and handled the road closure so that officers could again be available for emergency calls.

COPPS:
The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 5 arrests
  • 10 citations
  • 52 extra patrols

Throughout the week, COPPS officers had been providing extra patrol to the former Ace Hardware building in the 1000 block of W. El Norte Pkwy.  An unknown person(s) had been entering the vacant business and removing copper wiring from the interior.  Later that same week, COPPS officers were notified that a male had been shocked while stripping copper wire from inside of the business.  The male sustained a severe hand injury and was hospitalized.  COPPS officers and working with detectives to determine if this suspect can be connected to the other incidents. 

TIP OF THE WEEK:

The vehicle versus power pole collision in this week’s report is a good reminder of the dangers that exist anytime power lines fall.  In this particular case, the power lines were still live until shutoff by SDG&E.  Power lines often show no obvious sign of being live, even when a pole is damaged, or lines are on the ground.  Remember these important tips;

  • Never assume a power line is dead. Stay well clear of power lines and remain clear of any water that the power lines may be touching.
  • Stay in your car. If electrical wires fall on your vehicle the safest place for you to be is inside of your car.  The electrical current will run through your car and into the ground, but you could be electrocuted if you open the car door and try to exit.
  • Call 911. Escondido police and fire personnel respond immediately to all life threatening emergencies.  We will help you and get the necessary personnel and equipment in place to protect the community.

FIRE 

News: 

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Rotary Club President Josh Banks presented the Fire Explorers with a donation for $1,285. Funds were raised through sales from the Rotary Spring Flower Baskets. Program leaders, Pat O’Connell and Matthew Lesmeister were joined at Fire Station 1 by explorers Justus Whitaker and Ryan Laverty.

On May 29 and 30, 2019, personnel from the Escondido Fire and Police Departments participated in a Unified Wildland Training Drill with adjoining Fire, Law and Utility agencies. Hosted by CAL FIRE, this drill brought all adjoining agencies together to run through mock wildland fire scenarios exercising the County-wide evacuation and re-population process.  

PUBLIC WORKS 

Pen #2 at Mayflower Dog Park will be closed for the next 3 months for renovations. The dog park will be closed this Sunday, June 9 for the start of this renovation project.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. The grading permit is ready to be issued once the MOU described below is signed by all parties. 
  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 below are resolved.
    A Specific Plan Amendment (SPA) was approved by the City Council on May 22, 2019, to move the temporary parking lot on the medical building site (above) to another location within ERTC.  The SPA includes the construction of a new temporary parking lot at the southern end of the ERTC development on Lots 10-15 and a permanent parking lot on Lot 1.  The applicant provided a draft MOU document on January 4, 2019 (intended to be signed by applicant, PPH and City) explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements and a revised MOU is currently being finalized.  Final engineering for the temporary parking lot on Lots 10-15 was accepted into plan check on May 8 (prior to the Council hearing) at the applicant’s risk.  Engineering comments on that plan were issued last week. 
  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.  Staff-level design review occurred on January 31, 2019.  Comments from Planning, Engineering, Utilities, Fire and Traffic were sent to the applicant on February 5, 2019.  Planning met with the applicant on February 28, 2019, to discuss proposed revisions to the plans. A revised Plot plan was resubmitted March 4, 2019.  Engineering met with the applicant on April 8, 2019.  A fire flow test was performed the week of May 6 to and an additional hydrant will be necessary.  Engineering and Utilities will be drafting conditions as project review is nearing completion. 
  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. Engineering is reviewing improvement plans for the alley.  Esgil has completed first check of the building plans on May 10, 2019, and returned comments to the applicant.  Design modifications for doorways are being reviewed by Planning.  Fire is awaiting submittal of sprinkler plans. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. Esgil and Fire have approved the plans.  Planning provided comments on the building plans on September 19, 2018.  The final map was approved by City Council on September 19, 2018, and has recorded. The grading permit has been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  The building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire.  Planning is reviewing a plan for screening rooftop mechanical equipment that was submitted on June 3., 2019. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018.  A meeting with the applicant to review the various departmental comments occurred on October 29, 2018.  Another round of comments related to the proposed specific plan have also been provided.  The developer team met with several departments on April 4, 2019, primarily to discuss traffic-related issues. 

City Projects 

  1. Micro-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. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff recently concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies is being prepared for submittal. 

Residential 

  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018. Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above. 
  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. 
  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.  Grading and improvement plan check for each of the villages is on-hold until the revised Certified Tentative Map is approved.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded. The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering comments were returned on January 18, 2019 and additional comments were sent on January 25, 2019.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  A revised Precise Development Plan was submitted on March 14, 2019, and Planning comments were issued on April 11, 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 has indicated agreement has been reached with CWA to resolve the issues.  Engineering staff is awaiting documentation and exhibits confirming the terms of the agreement. 
  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 is completing final review of the traffic study and storm water plans. 
  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 has tentatively been scheduled for 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 commence on June 7, 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.  Fire has indicated the Fire Protection Plan is incomplete and needs a maintenance agreement with CalTrans for the fuel modification zones. 
  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 was submitted to Planning on May 14, 2019, 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. 
  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. 
  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 staff have had several follow-up conversations with the applicant team and are awaiting revised plans.  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.  Staff is awaiting a complete submittal of the redesign package which is expected in a few weeks. 
  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 third submittal of final engineering plans on May 22, 2019.  The applicant is working with staff to resolve final boundary adjustment issues to satisfy the title company.  A conditional letter of approval for the boundary adjustment was issued on May 22, 2019, and the Certificates of Compliance are ready to record. 
  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.  
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on 12 applications for accessory dwelling units. Seven accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. 24 accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 70 permits (including 48 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $159,262. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 162 inspection requests. 133 customers visited the Building counter during the week. 
  1. No change from the previous. The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received final Fire inspection approval and partial final building inspection approvals on the first and second floors.  It is expected they will be calling for third floor inspection this week. 
  1. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 N. Center City Pkwy has received building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for Buildings 1-5. Final inspection and department approvals for Building 6 are pending.  Foundation inspection for the Building 6 carport has been approved. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.  Drywall installation continues with inspections anticipated for next week. 
  1. No change from the previous. The Citron multifamily project at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd has received final Fire approval and gas meter release for Buildings 6, 7, and 8.  Final inspection has also been approved for these last buildings in the project.  Final inspection of Building 1 is on-hold pending conversion of the sales office back to a garage. 
  1. 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 and Building inspection corrections. Final inspection of outstanding conditions is anticipated for this week. 
  1. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. has completed rough framing and drywall installation is on-going. The installation of air conditioning ducting is also underway.  The Senior Inspector intends to make an unscheduled inspection this week to observe progress. 
  1. The Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave has third floor walls under construction for Buildings A and B. Building B floor sheathing has been approved for the fourth floor. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new nine-unit apartments at 917 W. Lincoln Ave have received partial inspection approval for exterior framing for buildings B and C. Drywall inspections are beginning and will be on-going for a few weeks.  Building 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. Framing is ongoing and tilt-up panels 1 through 18 have been approved. Once the concrete has cured, cranes will lift those panels into place.  In the meantime, other site work is on-going. 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. 2018 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project  – This year’s program will focus on residential areas south of Felicita and east of I 15 with major work on Citricado Parkway, Escondido Boulevard, Del Lago Boulevard, Centre City Parkway, Felicita Road, and Bear Valley Parkway. The pavement restoration of Centre City Parkway between Felicita Avenue and Citracado Parkway is underway this week along South bound Centre City Parkway.  The slurry portion of the contract began last Friday and will continue for the next 35 days. The ARAM portion of the project began on May 29 and be competed in 7 days. 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. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project– The project is scheduled for Council acceptance of the Notice of Completion on June 19.
  3. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge ProjectNo changes from that reported last week. The preconstruction meeting for the project was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The contractor is currently working on the required NCTD access permit which must be in place to the start of construction. The Notice to Proceed for the contract is Monday, May 20, 2019. Submittals and construction schedules are the first order of work this week.
  4. Missing Link ProjectNo changes from that reported last week. The project nearing completion. All punch list items are now complete. The City will close out the project once we receive final billing. The damaged traffic signal pole at the pedestrian signal crossing was repaired within 4 days by the Public Works staff and private contractor this past week.
  5. 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 has completed installation of all signal foundations and equipment pads. The meter box has been set for El Norte and has been release by SDG&E for meter installation. Valley Parkway intersection meter pad is being installed this week.
  6. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – The construction of retaining walls is continuing along Tulip Street. The construction of the street lights and associated conduits is proceeding. The roadway section is continuing to be constructed along the project limits.
  7. Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. Retrofit Project – The project will upgrade 644 existing high pressure sodium lights with energy efficient L.E.D. fixtures. The project boundaries are Lincoln Avenue to the north, 13th Avenue to the south, Ash Street to the east, and Upas Street to the west. The winning bid came in below the engineer’s estimate which will allow for the installation of an additional 100 lights. The installation of the new light fixtures is set to begin on June 10.
  8. 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 project Notice to Proceed has been issued and the contractor is on day 26 of the contract. The low bidder was Sancon Engineering Inc. with a bid of $841,310.00. The Engineers estimate for the project was $746,734.00.

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 by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway Construction of the onsite bio retention facility is ongoing along Centre City Parkway.
  3. Tract 934 – Is a 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 –  No changes from that reported last week: The project has been walked and a punch list has been provided. The remaining buildings were released for occupancy this week.   
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project -  The grading operation is in full swing again this week. Over the course of the grading operation, 5,920 cubic yards of dirt will be delivered to the site. The grading contractor has two drop tanks for filling 4 water trucks which are on site. The onsite improvement plans have been signed and work has begun on the water and storm drain connection in Felicita Avenue.
  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. Citron Development No changes from that reported last week: The project has received its punch list and is currently being completed.
  8. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – The tank testing and lines to the building is the order of work again this week. Due to heavier than normal rain this winter the project completion has been delayed.
  9. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The construction of the new mainline has restarted along the project frontage. The redesign in the intersection crossing is still being developed.

GRANT APPLICATIONS 

None this week.