FEATURED THIS WEEK
- 94 parking permits were sold at a recent meeting of the Rose to Foxdale Resident Parking District. The successful sales of these parking permits is a direct result of the support the City has received from the neighborhood.
- The Summercreek Homeowners Association (HOA) contacted City engineering staff with concerns about the road striping on West Valley Parkway adjacent to their development. As a result, new striping was implemented on W. Valley Parkway near Claudan Road. The Home Owner’s Association board members wrote to the City to express their appreciation for these improvements. The City will continue to monitor speeds and traffic safety in the area.
- City staff has been diligently pursuing grant funding for implementation of the Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project and has secured $414,000 from the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health. The project is being coordinated with the Active Transportation Grant for the improvements of the culvert and pedestrian access where West Valley Parkway crosses the channel. The completion of the engineering design is expected in early 2018.
Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Maple Street Plaza
The City of Escondido will host its annual Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza in Downtown Escondido. The wine industry in Escondido has grown tremendously over the last several years, and this event is a great way to sample vintages from a variety of wineries in one festive, unique setting.
Featured wineries, all local to Escondido, include BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge, Espinosa Vineyards, Forgotten Barrel, Highland Valley Vineyards, Hungry Hawk Vineyards, Keys Creek Winery, Stehleon Vineyards, Vesper Vineyards, plus SIP Wine and Beer, Jacked Up Brewery and Stone Brewing.
Proceeds from the event will benefit ArtHatch, an Escondido-based, arts-focused nonprofit offering a free teen program which gives studio space, exhibition space, professional art supplies, and workshops to North County teens aged 15-19.
Go to www.escondido.org/cruisin-grand.aspx for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event at the registration table.
Grand Avenue Festival
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Presented by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the Escondido Downtown Business Association and coordinated by Kennedy & Associates. This festival is the second largest in the State. There will be over 500 booths and a variety of food and family entertainment.
Globe St. profiled the Innovate 78 Tech study last week and specifically mentioned 3 Screens Studio, a digital marketing firm located in downtown Escondido. Read the article here:
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:
- 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.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – The grading permit was approved on May 10, 2017. 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. A revised landscape plan was submitted for review on May 5, 2017. A building permit for the supermarket shell building will be ready to issue once the modified plan is approved and fee credits are verified. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. The Centre City Parkway access agreement is tentatively scheduled for consideration by City Council on June 7, 2017.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife. The grading plan has been approved and grading can commence following a pre-construction bird survey. Signal plans and street improvement plans have been approved.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. The third check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering last week.
- Innovative 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 second check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering the week of May 8, 2017. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by Esgil.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. 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 staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements.
- 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.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – 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. The applicant has indicated they intend to resubmit the requested information this week.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. The final map has been scheduled for City Council approval on June 7, 2017. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans.
- 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 three more phases receiving building permits last week. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan for the remainder of the development were sent on May 16, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – 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. It is expected that those title issues will be resolved through a combination of quitclaims and eminent domain. A revised rough grading plan and street improvement plans were resubmitted about two weeks ago.
- 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
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – Project 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.
- 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.
- 14 solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 355 solar permits this year compared to 514 issued for the same time last year.
- Building inspectors responded to 193 inspection requests for the week, averaging 39 inspections per day.
- The Building Division has issued 103 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 32 single-family dwellings and zero multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
- 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.
- 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 sheathing inspection is scheduled for this week.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen.
- 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.
- 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.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway has received partial foundation approval and underground plumbing.
- The Westminster Seminary has received foundation approval for three of their nine buildings.
- 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.
- The eight model homes at the Canyon Grove development (Shea Homes) have been completed and are open to the public. Three additional phases comprising 18 homes have received building permits.
- KB Homes (Lexington) is requesting rough framing inspection for six homes in Phase 1. Twenty-three new single-family dwellings have been issued for KB Homes so far this month.
Building Maintenance & Operations
Capital Improvement Projects
Jim Stone Pool
The new circulation piping is being installed at this time, along with tile work associated with the pool remodel.
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. Framing of the first seven homes along Lehner Avenue continues along with the pouring of concrete slabs on seven more pads.
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 final utility has been relocated along Ash Street so the remaining storm drain and surface improvements can be completed. Work is expected to resume on Monday, May 22, 2017. Onsite 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 remaining section of the storm drain box has resumed construction, steel fabrication for the floor section will begin this week.
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 was delayed; the anticipated concrete pour is set for Thursday, May 18, 2017.
The project’s off site water improvements are idled this week while the developer’s design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this project’s frontage.
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 Avenue. The developer has resumed grading of the site this week. The project requires the import of material which is expected to be completed 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 completing the water main tie in located at the Hubbard Avenue/Ash Street intersection this week.
- On 5/7/17 at 15:15 hours, officers responded to the California Center for the Arts regarding a subject who matched the description of the suspect who was involved in punching a CCAE employee about a month ago. Officers contacted the suspect who they know to be on probation with search conditions. During the search, an officer located an illegal knife and placed the subject under arrest. As the officer continued the search he located a second illegal knife. As the officer has his hand in the suspect’s pocket, he begins to physically resist, which results in a small cut on the officer’s finger. Officers regained control and escorted the suspect to a patrol vehicle. While placing the suspect in the vehicle, he continued to physically resist and a second officer sustained a minor complaint of pain to his knee and leg. Both officers declined medical treatment. The suspect did not sustain any injuries and was arrested for Felony Resisting Arrest, Felony Weapon Possession and Felony Battery on a Peace Officer.
- On 5/9/17 at O’Sullivans Pub, 118 E. Grand Ave, an intoxicated female suspect kicked and spit at two officers. The female suspect was taken to the ground, placed in max-restraints and transported to Palomar Medical Center for medical clearance. Neither officer was injured.
- On 5/9/17, an officer conducted a traffic stop on Valley Center Road just east of Lake Wohlford Rd. While the officer was conversing with the driver, a vehicle being driven by a 70-year-old male sideswiped the patrol vehicle, shearing off the driver side mirror and damaging the driver side rear tire and rim. No one was injured in the collision.
- On 5/9/17 at 23:30 hours, an officer located a rolling stolen red Nissan Titan pickup in the area of Centre City Parkway and Brotherton Ave. The male adult suspect also had an active/served Temporary Restraining Order with the victim of the stolen vehicle listed as the protected party. Officers converged and conducted a high-risk stop without incident. The suspect was booked into jail for Auto Theft and Violation of a Court Order.
- On 5/10/17 at 00:20 hours, officers responded to an unresponsive person lying in the parking lot at 1288 Auto Park Way, cold to the touch. The first officer on scene and checked the person for a pulse, but the person in question, a female adult, had no signs of life. The officer immediately administered CPR until he was relieved by medics, which was about three minutes later. The female regained a pulse and she was transported to Palomar Medical Center. The preliminary information suggests an overdose.
- On 5/10/17 at 18:28 hours, officers responded to the Carl’s Jr, 1280 E. Valley Pkwy, in reference to a male attempting to talk to a child in the restroom. The male had his pants down and was asking odd questions. An officer arrived on scene to contact the male, and the male became agitated and elected to fight, resulting in a use of force. The male was arrested and booked into the Vista Jail for Felony Resisting Arrest and Annoying a Child.
- On 5/11/17 at 00:16 hours, an officer initiated a vehicle stop on a silver PT Cruiser. The driver failed to yield and a pursued ensued. The vehicle collided with several parked vehicles in the area of 1200 E. Grand Ave. Two occupants were pronounced dead at the scene and two other occupants were transported to the hospital. Traffic responded to the scene and Volunteers assisted with traffic control.
- On 5/11/17 at 23:30 hours, officers responded to a domestic violence call at the Econo Lodge, 515 W. Washington #218. Officers attempted to contact the occupants but they would not open the door. The Management requested officers remove the subjects from the property due to the disturbance and they were given a key. Upon entering the room, they contacted the male suspect and his girlfriend. The male was very uncooperative and hostile. It was determined a domestic violence incident had occurred and upon taking the male into custody, he began violently resisting. The suspect had to be placed into Max Restraints as he continued to resist. Escondido Fire Department responded for treatment and transported the suspect to Palomar Medical Center for booking clearance. The suspect was booked for Felony Domestic Violence and Resisting Arrest.
- On 5/12/17 at 13:40 hours, a male suspect went to his ex-wife’s apartment at 1301 Morning View Dr. to confront her father. Prior to entering the apartment, he told a security guard to call the paramedics in several minutes. During the confrontation, the suspect threatened to kill his ex-wife’s father. An officer stopped the suspect as he left the apartment complex. The suspect refused commands resulting in a minor use of force. A search resulted in the recovery of 25.32 grams of meth. The suspect was booked into Vista Detention Facility for several Felony offenses.