This week, economic development staff attended an executive focus group at CSUSM to discuss the feasibility of creating EngiBeering,™ a brewing science program that would support the brewing industry. Representatives from Stone Brewing and Offbeat Brewing, in addition to over a dozen other craft breweries from around San Diego County, were in attendance. CSUSM received a grant to develop the framework for the program, and shared that framework with the group to gather practical feedback from brewers and brewery owners in the field. Brewers emphasized the need for more technical expertise in their workforce, specifically in the areas of fermentation and quality assurance. Additionally, brewers agreed that on-site apprenticeship programs at craft breweries were crucial. Overwhelmingly, there was support for creating a certificate program offered at CSUSM so the craft beer industry can continue to grow and thrive while employing local, skilled talent. More information will become available as program planning and curriculum development move forward.
- Fords & Friends Car Show & Picnic
Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grape Day Park
28th annual car show and fundraiser for Meals-on-Wheels featuring classic cars, food, and games!
- For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
Major Projects Update
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital. A grading plan for the temporary parking lot is close to approval.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans submitted for plan check. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums is in process to allow the sale of individual office suites to medical providers. Conditions of approval for the TPM are being finalized and approval is expected soon.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015. Staff is waiting for submittal of a revised storm water plan that incorporates recent changes in regulations and is working with the property owner regarding obtaining permits to demolish the existing structure. The applicant has informed staff they expect to submit grading and building plans the first week of June.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has begun for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access. Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized. Building plans are nearing approval for construction.
- BMW Dealership (Developer: Lyle Hutson) – No change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. The project is under construction.
- Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016. The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions. The proposal is currently being reviewed by staff and ultimately will be scheduled for public hearings with both the Planning Commission and City Council.
- Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) – No change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued.
- Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon) – No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market. The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015. Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site. Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek. FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit.
- Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project is under construction and the applicant now is working with Building, Fire and Engineering staff on proposed site and building revisions. Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility. The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and this week submitted revised plans for review.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase. Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration is expected to start by the end of this month.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms. Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit on April 26, 2016. The Utilities Department filed an appeal of that decision with the City Clerk. On May 25, 2016, the City Council voted to delay the appeal hearing indefinitely to allow staff additional time to consider alternative site and mitigation opportunities.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016. A City Council hearing has been scheduled for June 15, 2016.
- John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) – No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved.
- Calvin Christian Middle/High School (Developer: Brent Cooper) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016. Construction is underway.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. The project has been approved by the Planning Commission with direction to refine the architectural design for the sanctuary. Revised architectural plans have recently been submitted and will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for four phases involving 36 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing. The last two final maps for the project (Streets A and B) will be forwarded to the City Council on June 15, 2016.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) - The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval. Engineering staff is working with the applicant to address storm drain issues. Staff has approved the home designs and plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project on the eastern side of Ash Street. The grading permit for the model homes has been issued.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents. The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions. Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. The applicant has submitted a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner. Grading and building plans are nearing approval. Grading is expected to begin in August 2016.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The applicant submitted final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application on May 23 and a June 14 review meeting has been scheduled with the Planning Commission. A grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. Plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18 and are being reviewed by staff. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
- Safari Highlands (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The consultant, Michael Baker International, has now been authorized to start work on the EIR. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Paseo Escondido (Developer: Phair Co.) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals are required to complete the application and the applicant has completed coring and sampling as part of soils analysis. The applicant has been advised to meet with and SDGE planner regarding the overhead utility lines.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) –This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change) – This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015. Demo and grading are underway. Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. Revised plans from the applicant intended to address earlier staff comments were submitted to the Planning Division on May 2 and distributed to the other departments for review. Final environmental comments from staff are being addressed in the Draft MND and public review is expected to start soon.
- City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises) – No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved. The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking. The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official. Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.
- The Building Department had a short Holiday week and issued 58 permits with a total valuation of $422,048.
- 16 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 596 solar permits this year compared to 462 issued for the same time last year.
- The Building Department staff had another busy week. Inspectors averaged 38 inspections per day with 30 inspections on Friday. The Building counter staff was also busy, averaging 32 counter sign in’s per day and 31 on Friday. 42 customers came to the building counter on Thursday.
- The Building Division has issued 41 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $13,751,00 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,380 for the same time last year. Current year to date total project valuations are $23,530,000, compared to $18,913,000 same time last year.
- Permits were issued for the Solutions for Change 33 unit affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd.
- Final inspection has been requested for the last of the 3 buildings at the 76-unit apartment complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd.
- A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions.
- As of June 7, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 386 cases. During the prior week, 18 new cases were opened, and 54 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 43 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 87 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week the Business License Division issued 62 new licenses and received 18 new applications, in addition to 174 renewals.
- Grape Day Park Playground:
The project is in construction. The last of the irrigation lines are being installed and tested, construction of the arch bridges is continuing. Trees have been delivered and planted. Cobble stone rock hardscape material is being delivered to the site. The repair effort has begun on the Vinehenge project.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
All asphalt base paving has been completed. AT&T and Cox have completed their conversion work. SDG&E will start to remove the utility poles later this week. Landscape planting is tentatively set to be completed by the first week of July. Birch Ave. is still closed at Bear Valley Parkway for East/West travel. The traffic signal for the Boyle Ave. intersection has been shipped, the contractor is awaiting delivery.
- 2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No changes from the following update reported last week: A close out punch list for the project has been given to the contractor. This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Sewer main installation has been completed along “B” Street. Street lighting has been installed on Ash and “D” Street. Sidewalks are being placed on “D” Street. Occupancies can be expected within a month on this street.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
The grading permit for the model homes has been approved. The Contractor will start the grading and the offsite improvement after June 9th, 2016 during Rincon Middle School’s summer recess
- Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
No changes from the following update reported last week: The contractor has completed all surface restoration along the project route. The section of new water main in the City’s jurisdiction has been accepted and put into service, the testing of the remaining water main is continuing this week.
- Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
No changes from the following update reported last week: The mass grading of the site continues this week, with the work force concentrating on the extension of Vista Avenue. The contractor will be starting the road and surface improvement along Ash between Vista and Sheridan during the Rincon Middle Schools summer recess.
- San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement Ash Street:
Permanent road surface repairs have started and completion of the project is expected very soon.
Future Capital Improvements:
- HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date:
Staff circulated 100% project plans to city staff and utility agencies for review. Several comments were received, and addressed by staff. While revisions are being made to project plans, staff is also preparing required documents to submit to Caltrans for Authorization to Construct approval.
- East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
The City has requested Authorization to Construct approval from Caltrans. Staff will resubmit requested Caltrans revisions this week, and is working with utility liaisons to put required documents in place for undergrounding of overhead utilities.
- Jim Stone Pool:
Staff is preparing front end specifications for the project, and reviewing consultant provided technical provisions in an effort to bid the project this Summer.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE UPDATE
- The repairs to the Train Depot in Grape Day Park have been completed. It has also been painted and received a new roof.
- The Park Avenue Community Center has two new metal shade structures. One is over the front entry to the Dorothy E. Boger building. The other is on the west side of the main building auditorium. This replaced an older wooden structure that was deteriorated and had been removed. Both of the shade structures match the existing metal gazebo located in the courtyard on the west side, between the main building and the Chamber of Commerce building.
- These projects totaled over $200,000 and were funded by State HRP Grant money.
- On 5/29/2016, Officer Shaver saw a silver vehicle parked at the rear of Enterprise Car Rental on Washington Ave. The vehicle was occupied by two people, with a third standing near the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen from Palm Desert, CA. The suspect in the front seat of the vehicle was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.
- On 06/02/16, Officer Bellamy responded to a theft call at the Dollar Tree, 628 N. Escondido Blvd. The suspect attempted to resist Officer Bellamy and was quickly taken into custody with a minor use of force. The suspect did not sustain any injuries. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for theft and resisting arrest.
- On 06/02/16, officers participated in an enforcement detail focusing on camping on public or private property. The detail focused on the Neighborhood Transformation Project footprint during the early morning hours and then expanded to other parts of the city. A total of 24 citations were written and one warrant arrest was made during the detail.
- On 06/03/16, Officer Byler responded to a call of two subjects loitering at the rear of 715 N. Broadway. One suspect ran from Officer Byler and was caught a short time later in southeast portion of the complex. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for a warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and delaying and resisting a police officer.
Members of the Escondido Police Department carried the Special Olympics torch in Carlsbad during the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Originally Posted June 10, 2016