March 16, 2017

Originally Posted March 16, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • California Amateur Hockey Association State Championships
    March 17 through Tuesday, March 19 - Escondido Iceplex
    The tournament brings 16 teams to Escondido that will be traveling from all over California. Over 600 players and spectators will be visiting the area during the tournament. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

On Thursday, March 16 the City of Escondido is holding an informational roundtable to discuss how businesses can leverage the California Competes Tax Credit to reduce California tax liability. The application period for this round of CalCompetes runs from March 6 – 27 with over $68 million available to California companies. The workshop covers the basics of the program and help businesses understand how to craft a competitive application. 

  • Innovate78 California Competes Tax Credit Workshop
    When: Thursday, March 16, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
    Location: Escondido City Hall Parkview Room - 201 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 

Representatives from the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation will give an overview of the California Competes Tax Credit, answer questions about the application process, and provide guidance on creating a competitive application for your company. 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS 

The WaterSmart Landscape contest is back again this year and the deadline to enter is April 7. If you come across a landscape in Escondido that is drought tolerant, reach out to the resident and encourage them to apply for the program. For more information visit: http://landscapecontest.com/ 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – 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. 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) – 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. A modified building permit to add a linear accelerator has been approved. A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016. A revised grading plan recently has been approved and grading is underway. 
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – 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. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Engineering has provided second plan check comments for the off-site improvements and third plan check comments for the grading plan and are awaiting resubmittal from the applicant. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are close to issuance. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016. 
  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: 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. 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 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, five-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. The project application remains incomplete as 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. Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming. The project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant.
  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: This project is a four-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February 2016 and grading for the hotel site has started. Building plans have been approved and permit fees were paid before the end of the year clearing the way for construction to commence. On January 3, 2017, a new ownership group met with the City Council Economic Development Subcommittee and staff to discuss renewing the now-expired Economic Incentive Agreement that had been granted to the original developer. The City Council approved a new Economic Incentive Agreement on January 25, 2017. Construction is expected to commence within the next two months.
  1. Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is 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 Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016. The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. A building permit for the sign was issued on January 19, 2017. 
  1. Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark)Staff is awaiting a revised project submittal from the applicant so there is no change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master Plan and a Precise Plan for a revised downtown hotel design consisting of 154 rooms in four stories over ground-level parking. The majority of the building would be located in the parking lot between City Hall and the CCAE conference center. The primary entry to the hotel would be from a redesigned entry drive with new porte cochere on Escondido Boulevard. The hotel would operate the conference center and would provide a bistro and bar area for guests. The application was submitted on November 18, 2016 for processing and review.  During the course of review, City staff transmitted comments incrementally to the applicant. A final letter summarizing all requested revisions and/or corrections was sent to the applicant on December 22, 2016. City staff met with the development team on January 10, 2017 to discuss the staff comment letter. Revised plans are expected to be resubmitted within the next two weeks. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) - This commercial redevelopment project proposes a 15,870 square foot commercial shopping center on the southeast corner of Centre City Parkway and W. Mission Avenue, addressed as 425 W. Mission Avenue (former Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Palm Tree Lodge). The project would include three buildings, two of which contain drive-thru restaurants along with other retail or restaurant tenant spaces. The third building would be a drive-thru self-serve carwash. A Plot Plan and Tentative Parcel Map were submitted on January 31, 2017, and staff review is underway. The applicant’s environmental consultant is currently preparing a Draft Initial Study/MND for initial review by staff. A traffic study prepared by the applicant’s traffic consultant has been reviewed by Engineering staff. Discussions with the applicant regarding potential traffic mitigation measures are underway.

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. A grading plan was submitted for review on November 3, 2016.  Building plans were submitted during the week of December 19, 2016. Both grading and building plans have been returned to the applicant with staff comments. Staff is awaiting resubmittal of revised plans from the applicant. 
  1. 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. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and comments have been provided by staff. Boundary adjustment applications with three property owners in the adjacent Harmony Grove Business Park that are needed to implement the project design were submitted to Planning on February 8 and are being readied by staff for signature and recording. It is expected the grading permit can be issued once the applicant secures his Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife permits.
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive. The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings. The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading. The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors. The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Building plans were submitted the week of December 11, 2016. Grading and landscape plans and the final map have also been submitted and are being reviewed by staff. Engineering has completed a first check of the grading plans and is awaiting resubmittal from the applicant.
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves a unique proposal in which two potential industrial development scenarios were analyzed for the 5.76-acre site located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, directly in front of the “Victory Industrial Development” described above. The first development scenario involves a single tenant building with 98,500 square feet and 197 parking spaces. The alternative scenario envisions three industrial buildings roughly within the same footprint as the single tenant proposal. The three industrial buildings would include a total of 86,000 square feet with 234 parking spaces. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of this project on December 13, 2016. The City Council approved the proposal as recommended by the Planning Commission on January 11, 2017. The applicant has recently notified staff that he intends to move forward with construction of the three-building design. Grading plans were submitted for plan check on February 27, 2017 and are now being reviewed by staff. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project at 852 Metcalf proposes a 132,556 square foot, self-storage facility consisting of four stories over a full basement level on a 1.12-acre site in the M-1 zone. A Plot Plan application was submitted to Planning on September 14, 2016 and a conditional letter of approval was issued on December 21, 2016. An erosion control and demo permit has been approved. The applicant has submitted grading, building and landscape plans into plan check under the city’s “expedited plan-check” pilot program. Staff comments on the first grading plan check were issued 12 working days following the first submittal. The applicant submitted building plans into plan check on March 8, 2017. Those plans are currently being reviewed by Esgil, Planning and Fire under the expedited plan check program.

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 proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration. Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on November 27, 2016. 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)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. It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance. 
  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: This project is a proposed Conditional Use Permit that will utilize the existing digester gas created during the sewage treatment process to power two generators with a combined output of 1,200 kW of power. The gas which is currently being flared on the site will be redirected for a useful purpose and used to offset the HARRF’s demand on utility natural gas and electricity from SDG&E. 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) – – This project consists of the construction of a replacement dam downstream (west) from the existing dam at Lake Wohlford, as well as partial deconstruction of the existing dam. In 1924, hydraulic fill was added to increase the overall height of the original dam from 76 feet to 100 feet. A 2007 seismic analysis of the dam identified a stability concern for the raised portion of the dam in the event of a major earthquake. As a result, the City reduced the reservoir’s water level to limit the risk of a potential failure. The water level reduction decreased the reservoir’s capacity to approximately 40% of its prior size. To improve the dam’s seismic safety and regain the lost water storage capability, the City is planning to construct the replacement dam so the resultant reservoir level and storage capacity are equal to the elevation and capacity prior to the water level restriction, at 1,480 feet elevation and 6,500 acre feet, respectively. AECOM working under contract to the civil engineer (Black & Veatch) was selected to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the project. 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. As part of that effort, Utilities and Planning staff met with representatives of the permitting agencies on March 14, 2017.

Institutional

  1. 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, and classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway. Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. A revised grading plan is close to approval. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)The applicant is cleared to start construction on the Phase I children’s building. No plans have been submitted for any other phases so there is no change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats. The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015. Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) have been reviewed by staff and Esgil. The grading permit has been approved and the building permit for the children’s building was issued on February 28, 2017. 
  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This proposal to modify the Center’s existing CUP would expand the campus by constructing a new 7,424 square foot meditation chapel with seating for 200 persons, a 4,278 square foot multi-purpose building, a 3,929 square foot Sunday school classroom and would convert an existing office/residential building to a bookstore. Additional parking would be provided and some existing buildings on the site would be relocated or demolished. 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 they pursue land use entitlements on the former Escondido Country Club Golf Course so there is 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. 
  1. Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)This project has been placed on hold by the developer while they pursue land use entitlements on the former Escondido Country Club Golf Course so there is 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. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – 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 six phases involving 52 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing. All five final maps in the project have now been recorded. Precise grading plans for all phases have been approved. Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016. Improvement plans for the new 20” water line in Conway Street are now being reviewed by the Utilities Department.
  1. 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. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. The final map has been approved by City Council. The precise grading plan for Phase 1 has been approved. Building plans for Phase 1 were submitted into plan check on December 20, 2016 and permits were issued before the end of the year. On January 24, 2017, the Planning Commission approved a variance request from KB Homes to reduce perimeter wall setbacks for five residential lots. The precise grading plan for the remainder of the project site was approved on March 14, 2017. KB Homes is coordinating with Engineering to close Lehner Avenue during the two-week school spring break that starts on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The closure is needed to construct storm drain improvements in the street. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – This project is a 63-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. A Substantial Conformance Tentative Map (TM) and proposed modification to the Precise Development Plan was filed by Lyon Homes on December 12, 2016. The Planning Commission approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan and the substantial conformance TM on February 14, 2017. Lyon Homes is coordinating demo fee credits with staff prior to submitting plans into plan check. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this 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 has recently submitted a second screen check of the Draft EIR to staff for review. An application for a Development Agreement has been submitted by the applicant.
  1. Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner has been approved and recorded. A grading permit has been issued and the applicant is coordinating with installation of BMP’s with Engineering. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map and a sewer reimbursement agreement. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. Building permits for the construction of eight model homes have been issued and construction is underway. Phase 1 has also received permits. Permits for Phase 11 have been issued and the remainder of the homes are now in for building plan check. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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 a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016 and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner. 
  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: 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. 
  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: 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. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/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. 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 is being reviewed by staff.
  2. 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: 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 an 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. Demolition has been completed.
  3. 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. The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. The Development Agreement has recorded. Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016. Grading plans and final map were resubmitted (2nd review) on January 23 and January 25, 2017, and are currently being reviewed by staff. Comments/corrections on the building plans have been provided to the applicant and the plans were resubmitted on March 7, 2017. The City’s former tenant has vacated the old building and the applicant is moving swiftly towards issuance of a demo permit.
  4. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – The project would redevelop the former 109.3-acre Escondido Country Club golf course property with a new residential development consisting of 392 dwelling units including single-family detached and attached duplex units. The proposed project density is 3.6 dwelling units per acre with a minimum residential lot size of 2,555 square feet. The development would include 46 acres of open space including a landscaped greenbelt with a four-mile trail system linking park features. Other proposed amenities include a new clubhouse building, swimming pool, gym, tennis/pickle ball court, restaurant and bar and banquet facilities. The proposed General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Vesting Tentative Map and Zone Change applications and plans were submitted to the Planning Division on October 31, 2016. The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project. The developer will fund a contract planner working under the direction of the Planning Division to assist the City in processing the project. A kick-off meeting was held on November 15, 2016, to commence project-related discussions between Planning staff and their contract planner, the applicant and the EIR consultant. A letter indicating the project application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2016. City staff met with the applicant on December 22, 2017 to review the comment letter. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR was issued on January 25, 2017 for a 30-day review period ending on February 24, 2017. The NOP includes notification of a public scoping meeting that was held on February 13, 2017. The applicant recently notified staff that a project resubmittal addressing staff’s November 30, 2016 letter will be brought in soon. The resubmittal is expected to include additional information for the proposed specific alignment plan for Country Club Lane. Planning staff has developed a new section 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, Architect – This project at 113 N. Ivy consists of a plot plan application to construct a four-story building with 20 two-bedroom apartment units and approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial space on a vacant 0.5-acre parcel located at 113 N. Ivy Street. The conditional letter of approval for the plot plan was approved and issued on September 19, 2016. 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 the project in the adjoining alley. 

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 47 permits for a total valuation of $117,373. Issued permits were mostly miscellaneous plumbing, mechanical and electrical. 
  2. Only seven photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 174 solar permits this year compared to 269 issued for the same time last year. 
  3. Counter technicians assisted, on average, 33 customers per day with 34 customers on Friday. 
  4. Building inspections were back up with good weather and averaged 34 inspections per day with 26 inspections on Friday. 
  5. The total building valuation for all issued permits issued this year through the 11th of March is $12,841,771 compared with $8,349,055 for the same time last year. Building has processed 597 projects to date compared with 714 projects for the same time period in 2016. 
  6. Projects nearing permit issuance are: 
    • Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    • Veterans Village, at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd., a 40,000 square foot, three-story apartment building providing affordable housing for veterans and their families.
    • Westminster Seminary student housing, 1725 Bear Valley Parkway, consisting of ten buildings with 72 residential units for students and their families.
  7. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and second and third floor wall framing is progressing. 
  8. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. has received inspection approvals for the first floor drywall. 
  9. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  10. 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. 
  11. Demolition is almost complete at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd. 
  12. The Talk of the Town carwash building at 400 Brotherton Road will be approved for occupancy soon. The plans for the interior of the restaurant building have been submitted and are under review. 
  13. Plans were submitted for the new four-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. 

Code Enforcement: 

  1. As of March 13, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 457. During the prior week, 81 new cases were opened, and 79 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 36 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  1. A total of 152 illegal signs were confiscated during the weekend. 
  1. Last week, the Business License Division issued 62 new licenses and received 40 new applications, in addition to 91 renewals. Twenty businesses closed and/or closed out their business licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The installation of traffic signs and legends is ongoing throughout the project. Installation of the 3000 ft. modified asphalt berm along the Westside neighborhood between Quince Street to Spruce Street, and 5th Avenue to 16th Avenue will continue this week. 

Encino Street Emergency Storm Drain Repair
The design for completing the storm drain repairs has been solicited and awaiting a final price, bidding ends on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Indian Creek Wall
An emergency repair plan has been developed to replace a 29’ segment of concrete channel wall that failed during recent rains. The wall is located between Industrial Avenue and Simpson Way. The low bidders have been awarded and construction is set to begin on March 20, 2017. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Pradera - Lennar Communities
New onsite street lighting is being energized this week. The Contractor is working on items such as concrete replacement that was damaged during construction.   

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of onsite sewer main, water main and storm drain is continuing this week. Lehner Avenue is scheduled to be closed for 7 days during the spring break period to allow for major construction activity.    

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is continuing to deliver material for the construction of the second floor. Lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed second floor. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The traffic signal for El Norte Parkway at Vista Verde Road is continuing with the pot holing of utilities to determine conflicts that will need to be addressed during the conduit installation. The concrete pole foundations were poured this past week.  Onsite construction of the water quality basin is continuing along with the installation of potable water main installation along the new roadways. 

Quantum Academy at Falconer Road
Escondido Elementary School District has completed the installation of the new water main to the existing facility, the test plate separating the City main and the new water system was pulled this week energizing the entire system. Final street restoration will begin this week so traffic can resume full use of the roadway. 

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
Construction activity has resumed this week with the contractor restoring the Storm Water device in preparation of replacing the City’s 12” sewer main that crosses the project.    

Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway
The contractor has completed the installation and testing of the new water main along the Bear Valley Parkway side of the project. There will be two tie-ins performed this week to activate the new system. 

Talk of the Town
The project is nearing completion; punch list is being prepared for project close out. 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave.  The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is ongoing this week.  

Palomar Medical Center
No changes from the following reported last week: The project encountered a conflict while constructing the new sewer main, a redesign will halt construction for a period of time. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project
SDG&E is making final design revisions so that their facilities fit within the right of way.  Once SDG&E’s final design is received, the project will be advertised for bid.  It is anticipated that bids will be opened in May 2017 with construction to begin summer 2017. 

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. The project plans and specifications are currently at 85% design, and working toward 100% for final review and approval by the City Engineer. Staff anticipates making corrections to the project plans and specifications and obtain City Engineer approval in time to advertise for bids by April 2017. 

Jim Stone Pool
This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment required to meet current County Health standards. Demolition of the existing mechanical building is anticipated to start on March 27, 2017 with reconstruction to be completed by the end of April 2017. Construction to re-plaster the pools is anticipated to begin in early April and be completed in June 2017. 

POLICE 

INCIDENTS: 

  • On 3/5/17, at 17:18 hours, a vehicle vs. bicycle collision was reported at 800 N. Midway Dr.  When units arrived they discovered an 11-year-old boy on a bicycle had been hit by a truck. The boy was awake and breathing, but unresponsive and had visible injuries.  The boy was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.
  • On 3/5/17, at 18:55 hours, an officer was in the area of 8th Avenue and Quince Street when he heard numerous gunshots. Calls from citizens immediately followed. Officers flooded the area and found a 28-year-old Hispanic male victim with a gunshot wound to the hand in the 400 Block of W. 6th Ave. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment.
  • On 3/7/17, at 00:00 hours, officers stopped a vehicle at 13th Street and Redwood Street for suspicious circumstances. Officer Banks’ K9 conducted a narcotics sweep around the car and immediately alerted.  Once both occupants were removed from the car a search of the car was conducted. A total of 29 grams of methamphetamine was found in several different areas in the car and on the occupants, and 1 gram of heroin was located on the passenger. Also located during the search was an unloaded firearm under the driver side floor mat, $800 in cash, scales, and other paraphernalia.  Both occupants were arrested for various felony drug and weapons offenses.
  • On 03/07/17, at 14:18 hours, the Police Department received a call regarding a subject on the ground bleeding at Washington Park.  Officers arrived and discovered the victim (18-year-old documented gang member) had been stabbed approximately ten times.  Suspects were identified as adult Hispanic males and claimed gang affiliation.
  • On 3/7/17 at 17:06 hours, officers were dispatched to El Norte Parkway and Ivy Street regarding a pedestrian versus vehicle accident. Police and Fire paramedics arrived on scene and located a 17-year-old male in the street. Fire personnel treated the juvenile at the scene and transported him to Palomar Medical Center. Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, the juvenile was riding a skateboard on the north sidewalk of El Norte Parkway. He attempted to cross El Norte Parkway southbound at Ivy Street and was struck by a 23-year-old female driver. The juvenile sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver was not injured in the collision and alcohol or drug impairment is not a factor in this collision.
  • On 03/07/17, at 21:09 hours, Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the 1900 block of E. Grand Avenue regarding a vehicle collision. Once on scene, officers determined that the female driver of a silver Toyota Camry, identified as 55-year-old Escondido resident Catherine Kennedy, had actually been shot once in the head.  According to witnesses, it is believed at least two possible gang members were shooting at each other in the 1800 block of E. Grand Ave.  As the shooting was occurring, Kennedy was driving east on Grand Ave and was struck by a stray bullet, causing her to lose control and crash into a parked, unoccupied vehicle.  Kennedy was transported to Palomar Medical Center but later died as a result of her injuries. The suspect(s) responsible for this crime have not yet been identified.  The investigation into this case is on-going.
  • On 03/08/17, at 10:37 hours, the Police Department received a call regarding a subject masturbating at 412 N. Hickory Street with a 3-year-old nearby.  Officers responded and searched for the subject. An officer located a subject, who was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.
  • On 03/09/17, at 13:56 hours, officers observed a suspicious vehicle with paper plates carrying four subjects in the area of 1700 block of Crofton Lane and initiated a traffic stop. After a short vehicle pursuit, the vehicle stopped at Harding Avenue and Washington Street, with only the driver remaining. Officers located an ice pick, shaved screwdriver, and a 13” socket wrench placed in different seats of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and a search of the area resulted in the arrest of two additional occupants.  All were gang members and charged with various weapons and gang conspiracy charges.
  • On 03/09/17, at 15:20 hours, The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and 2 officers responded to 925 Grand Place regarding a mentally ill subject. Once PERT placed him on hold for evaluation, the delusional and uncooperative subject took a fighting posture and made statements of violence. A Taser was deployed, but the subject was still able to actively resist.  Officers eventually were able to place handcuffs on the subject but he continued to resist to the point where cord cuffs had to be placed to safely transport him to Palomar Medical Center. 
  • On 03/10/17, at 01:25 hours, officers were dispatched to the 7-11 at 1030 N. Broadway in reference to possible casers. A male subject was contacted in a vehicle parked outside the store and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  He was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest revealed he was in possession of methamphetamine, 6.51 net grams of heroin and almost $1,100 in cash. He was charged with possession for sale.
  • On 03/11/17 at 14:42 hours, a male adult subject went to the Downtown Palomar Medical Center Emergency Room advising that he was stabbed in the chest, kicked, and hit with a metal pipe. The victim stated he was jumped by 6 subjects near the Del Taco on El Norte Pkwy around 04:00 hours. He was challenged for gang affiliation. The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening and no suspects are in custody.