FEATURED THIS WEEK 

Our congratulations and thank you to the Escondido National Little League, who assists the City of Escondido in the mission of eradicating graffiti citywide. The League and its volunteers promptly remove all graffiti on the fields and structures they use at Mt. View Park. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

International Mother’s Day
Location: Grape Day Park
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Local festival celebrating Mother’s Day with dancing, singing, food and activities for the kids. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Earlier this month, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Lars C. Herman, President of Escondido-based Herman Construction Group http://www.hermancg.com/, as second runner up for its 2017 Small Business Person of the Year award. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Mr. Herman established Herman Construction Group in 2009. Since then the company has competed for and won more than 80 general construction and design-build contracts ranging from $3,000 to nearly $24 million throughout the United States.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week. 

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Health also will be constructing their new outpatient center adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway. 
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – A building permit for the supermarket is ready to issue once the grading plan is approved and fee credits are verified. Bonds have been posted for the grading permit and it is nearing approval. The applicant recently submitted a modified front elevation to Planning that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. That modified plan is currently being reviewed by staff. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market shell building were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017. 
  1. Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
  2. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Revisions to the traffic study have been reviewed by staff leading to the issuance of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review period commencing on May 9, 2017. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted last week. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. The Fire Department signed off on the building plans on May 5, 2017. Revised grading plans were received by Engineering the week of April 30, 2017. 
  1. Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife and the grading permit should be issued soon once the three boundary adjustments with adjoining property have recorded. Signal plans have been approved and street improvement plans also are nearing approval.
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans, grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The second check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering last week. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by Esgil. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – (This project is participating in the expedited plan check program) The demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017, and comments from all departments were provided back within 13 days. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is ready to record. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments. 

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, 2017 and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project. 
  1. Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility. The most likely option will be to build the project in phases starting with two of the three approved buildings. 
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with the permitting agencies will take place on May 11, 2017. 

Institutional

  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check and the applicant is now discussing with Planning the possibility of modifying the CUP to add floor area to the sanctuary and classroom building. 
  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio ArchitectureProject review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application.

Residential 

  1. Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Another phase of six homes received building permits on April 3, 2017. This project is nearing completion as there are only one or two phase remaining to construct. 
  1. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Building permits for 15 additional homes were issued on May 4, 2017, and eight more homes were issued on May 9, 2017. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Lyon Homes submitted a precise grading plan on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6, 2017 and landscape plans on May 1, 2017. The rough grading permit is nearing approval, allowing construction to start on the project. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – The Draft EIR has been posted on the City website and released for a 45-day public review period commencing on March 27, 2017 and ending on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant is now starting to prepare draft responses to the comments that have already been received. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered. 
  1. Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with two more phases anticipated to be issued building permits this week. A precise grading plan for the remainder of the development is being reviewed by staff. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments were also submitted for review. Additional revised studies including the traffic analysis and the sewer and water plan are expected to be submitted this week. Once the resubmittal is complete, notification will be sent out to Planning’s email list and the revised studies will be loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. Staff anticipates that the Draft EIR will be out for public review in June or July of 2017. 
  1. High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies. 
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with City staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. Engineering provided comments on the rough grading plan and street improvement plans on April 18, 2017.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the City’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. The information can be accessed at the following link:      ECC - City of Escondido 
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, ArchitectProject review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant. The applicant is coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.

Building Division

  1. Fifteen solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 335 solar permits this year compared to 490 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Building inspectors responded to 185 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. The Building Division has issued 72 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 21 single-family dwellings and zero multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are: 
  • Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Parkway.
  • Three new apartment buildings (nine units) at 917 W. Lincoln Avenue.
  • 43,885 square foot retail building at the former Toyota dealership location – 999 North Broadway. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has received approval of the exterior framing for level one and roof framing is expected to start soon. 
  1. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is preparing the building for final inspection. 
  1. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is proceeding with the tenant improvement for the existing building and has completed the drywall. Roof framing on their new transfer building also has been completed. The suspended ceiling in the office has passed inspection. 
  1. Demolition is nearing completion at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd. 
  1. The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Parkway has received rough framing approval. Drywall inspection is being requested for this week. Final inspection and occupancy is expected soon. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway has received partial foundation approval and underground plumbing. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary has received foundation approval for three of their nine buildings. Underground plumbing inspections are being requested this week for the remaining buildings. 
  1. The children’s building at the Emmanuel Faith Community Church has received partial foundation inspection and underground plumbing inspection. Construction of the exterior masonry walls is progressing. 
  1. The eight model homes at the Canyon Grove development (Shea Homes) are nearing completion and will soon open to the public. Permits are anticipated this week for two additional phases. 
  1. KB Homes (Lexington) is requesting rough framing inspection for six homes in Phase 1. Fifteen new single-family dwellings were issued for KB Homes. 
  1. The new Chipotle Grill and relocation of See’s Candy at the Westfield North County mall have both received final inspections and certificates of occupancy.

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licensing

Building Maintenance & Operations

  

Graffiti Restitution

 

ENGINEERING 

Capital Improvement Projects 

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. This project is out to bid, with a bid opening date of May 25, 2017. If the Contractor meets the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for this federally funded project, it is anticipated that award by the City Council will be requested on June 7, 2017. Otherwise, award will occur in July. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer. Staff is working with project consultants to respond to questions prior to the bid. 

Neighborhood Streetlight Project
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, Rose to Foxdale, Rustic Village, The Elms). Federal forms have been approved and added to the bid documents. Staff is making minor language changes to the contract, and anticipates advertising for bids by June 2017. 

Kit Carson Park Lighting Project
This project will remove existing parking lot lights in poor shape and replace them with new LED lights, and add lighting to parking areas that currently do not have lighting, bringing all affected areas up to current standards. Design for this project is approximately 90% complete, with final plan and specification revisions anticipated by the end of May. Upon final review and approval, staff anticipates advertising this project in summer. 

Jim Stone Pool
The new lane tiles are being installed at this time, the new equipment building had its new roof completed. Drainage piping is being addressed to bring the pool in compliance with the code. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT 

Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week; Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The developer is completing the final section of underground improvements on site. The construction of the new water main along Vista Avenue is on hold due to a conflict that must be resolved by the project engineer. Framing of the first seven homes along Lehner Avenue is continuing.  

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from that previously reported. The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor. Lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed third floor.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The electric meter has been released by staff and should be installed soon by SDG&E for the Ash/Sheridan traffic signal. On site underground utilities are continuing to be constructed along with the first phase of 16 homes.  

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The weekend rain event dropped over an inch of rain on the project, no construction activity is expected before Wednesday of this week. At that time, the remaining portion of the storm drain box will be started. 

Solutions Housing 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
The project is nearing completion with the removal of all existing concrete improvements along the project frontage this week. The work will require the closing of a single lane of north bound traffic for a period of two weeks. The new concrete work will begin this Saturday and is expected to be completed by May 24, 2017.      

Veterans Village
The projects off site water improvements are idled this week while the developers design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this projects frontage. 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
No changes from that previously reported; The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave.  The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is complete. The developer has resumed grading of the site this week. 

Palomar Medical Center
No changes from that previously reported; The hospital is starting the construction of another temporary parking lot located at Health Center Driveway North and Citracado Parkway.   

Rincon Water/ Ash Street By-Pass Project
The project is idled this week 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 5/1/17 at 16:24 hours, a report came into dispatch of a subject shooting a rifle from a black BMW at Lake Dixon. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, and found the weapon was a high powered pellet gun.  The subject was arrested for negligent discharge of a pellet device and a court order violation.
  • On 5/1/17 at 17:49 hours, the Gang Enforcement Team was involved in a foot pursuit of a pedestrian who was walking with a known gang member. The suspect fled southbound on Escondido Blvd. and was taken into custody without incident by officers and a helpful citizen south of 1555 S. Escondido Blvd.  The suspect was in possession of a loaded, stolen firearm and was also wanted by ICE for being a fugitive who cut off his GPS monitor last week. 
  • On 5/2/17, three separate fires were set on the east side of town between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.  An Orange Glen High School teacher, on the way to school, observed the suspect leaving one of the locations where smoke and flames were visible.  The teacher called dispatch and reported the suspect’s description.  Patrol officers observed the suspect a reasonable distance away and detained him until a positive ID could be made.  The suspect was arrested and charged with three counts of arson.
  • On 05/03/17 at 13:00 hours, an officer observed a fight near the horseshoe pits at Grape Day Park. Additional officers responded and located a victim who had been stabbed. One suspect was detained leaving the park towards the pool, and a second suspect was located at the transit center.  The victim sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to his left thigh and a non-life threatening stab wound to his left upper back.  The suspects were arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • On 05/04/17 at 08:54 hours, units responded to a female juvenile threatening suicide via a box cutter at Bear Valley Middle School. Her father was the reporting party and took the box cutter from the juvenile upon Police arrival. The juvenile secured herself in a vehicle and was successfully talked out of the vehicle and into a police car.  The juvenile was transported to Palomar Medical Center for evaluation.
  • On 5/5/17 at 12:05 hours, dispatch received a call for service at 300 Enterprise St #K, reporting two subjects threatening the victim/reporting party with a revolver. Responding patrol officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim/reporting party. Patrol Officers, along with Special Investigations Unit detectives, established a perimeter around the location and deployed the Bearcat for mobile armor. Both subjects immediately complied with orders to exit the structure (via phone contact) and were detained. Officers on scene were able to determine that the incident was unfounded, and that no such crime occurred. The victim/reporting party was identified by means of a mobile fingerprint device and had a 14-year-old felony warrant for his arrest. The victim/reporting party was placed under arrest and booked into Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 5/5/17 at 22:47 hours, two officers working a Cinco de Mayo DUI saturation patrol observed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of El Norte Parkway and Nutmeg Street.  The motorcyclist failed to stop and led them on a pursuit, making several vehicle code violations along the way. The pursuit concluded in the Hidden Meadows community and the suspect was placed under arrest for Felony Evading.
  • On 5/6/17 at 05:34 hours, officers responded to a robbery alarm at Alberto’s, 365 N. Rose St. Upon arrival, the cashier (victim) said three females assaulted him and took food items. The females fled in a red vehicle with paper plates (Quantum Sales). Store video was recovered and follow-up was conducted with Quantum Auto sales in Escondido. The investigation led to the identification of all three suspects. Further investigation, interviews and follow-up are in progress.