- Cal South State Cup Youth Soccer Tournament
Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 -- Ryan Park
The tournament will be hosting 64, 32, and 16 single elimination rounds. Over 1,100 families will be traveling to Escondido from all over Southern California for the tournament. Cal South will be using all 8 fields for the 15 and up boy’s divisions. Families will be dining, shopping and lodging in Escondido during the tournament.
SDG&E Electric Vehicle Charging
The City is aiming to partner with SDG&E to bring electric vehicle charging stations to certain City facilities and large businesses. These stations assist in the goal of becoming a Smart City and help Escondido remain environmentally friendly. Information on electric vehicle charging is available at:http://www.sdge.com/clean-energy/residential/charge-while-you%E2%80%99re-away
Notice of Treatment for the Asian Citrus Psyllid
The Asian citrus psyllids, an exotic pest affecting citrus trees, was identified for the community of San Pasqual in San Diego County. The pests are susceptible to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s treatment plan. Residents of affected properties are notified 48 hours in advance of any treatment that will occur. Treatment information is available at the following link: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/treatment_maps.html
Affordable Housing – Community Housing Works
A recent news article by KPBS highlighted Community Housing Works and their renovation of the Manzanita Apartments at 260 North Midway Drive. The City of Escondido invested federal HOME funds in the project and aided in preserving 200 affordable housing units. The full article is available at: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/mar/24/non-profit-developers-compete-profit-developers-pr/
Ruby Award Nomination – City of Escondido
The City of Escondido has been nominated for a Ruby Award by the San Diego Housing Federation for its support in assisting Community Housing Works. The nomination project preserved and rehabilitated 200 affordable housing units that are located at the Manzanita Apartments (formerly the Cypress Cove Apartments). Award information is available at: http://housingsandiego.org/events-training/ruby-awards/
San Diego’s Economic Pulse
The San Diego Economic Pulse is a monthly update providing an insight into our local economy. The report provides unemployment data, new business information and vital information about the San Diego region. The full monthly report is available at: http://www.sandiegobusiness.org/sites/default/files/San%20Diego's%20Economic%20Pulse%20-%20March%202017.pdf
Major Projects Update
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: 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.
- 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: 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.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and drive-thru 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 revised storm water plans prior to approving the grading permit. A building permit for the supermarket is ready to issue once the grading plan is approved. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels is currently being reviewed by Planning.
- 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.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark) – 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. The applicant provided revised conceptual drawings on March 17, 2017 to facilitate future project discussions. Those drawings are currently being reviewed by staff.
- 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 and the applicant been notified that additional refinements will be required to appropriately reflect the potential impact and mitigation.
- 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: 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.
- 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 have been approved by Esgil while Planning awaits a resubmittal in response to previous comments. 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, 2017 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.
- 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 at 2319 Cranston Drive. The project 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 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, and all departments have provided comments. Grading plans, landscape plans and the final map also have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff.
- 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 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 comments have been provided back to the applicant. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by staff.
- 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 and staff is awaiting the second plan check submittal from the applicant. 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. Planning comments have been provided to the applicant.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to discuss biological mitigation requirements. AECOM is now in the process of setting up a field meeting for the permitting agencies to view the site.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school 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. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check and the applicant is now discussing with Planning the possibility of adding floor area to the classroom building.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – 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: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for 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.
- 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. 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 complete the Vista Avenue street improvements during the two-week school spring break that starts on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The applicant has indicated that he intends to pull Phase 2 building permits this week.
- 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: 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. A rough grading plan submitted on February 23, 2017 has been returned with comments and staff is awaiting a second submittal.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – This project is a 55-lot 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. An application for a Development Agreement has been submitted by the applicant. The Draft EIR has been posted on the City website and released for a 45-day public review period commencing on March 27 and ending on May 12, 2017.
- 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 installation of BMP’s with Engineering. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map and a sewer reimbursement agreement.
- 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 it is expected that Phase 2 of the Estates product will be issued this week. Off-site construction of the traffic signal at Ash Street/Vista Avenue is expected to commence soon.
- 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. Staff comments on the Fire Management Plan were sent to the applicant the week of March 13, 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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 staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. The grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. Demolition has been completed and grading is underway. It is expected the building permit will be issued this week.
- 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 been recorded. Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016, and there have been two rounds of comments provided by staff. Grading plans were resubmitted (3rd review) on March 20, 2017. Planning is awaiting resubmittal of revised CC&Rs and the parking management plan. The City’s former tenant has vacated the old building and the applicant is moving swiftly towards issuance of a demo permit with bidding underway for asbestos and lead-based paint removal.
- 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: 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 48 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 has provided funding for 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, 2016 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. A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. The complete resubmittal will 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
- 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: 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 on the project in the adjoining alley.
- The Building Division issued 63 permits for a total valuation of $589,778. Issued permits included a new Popeye’s restaurant located at 1541 East Valley Parkway.
- Twenty-three photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 217 solar permits this year compared to 322 issued for the same time last year.
- Counter technicians assisted, on average, 32 customers per day with 26 customers on Friday.
- Building inspections averaged 39 inspections per day with 24 inspections on Friday.
- The total building valuation for all issued permits issued this year through the 24th of March is $13,707,702 compared with $8,778,071 for the same time last year. Building has processed 717 projects to date compared with 902 projects for the same time period in 2016.
- 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.
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and fourth floor wall framing is progressing.
- 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.
- Demolition is almost complete but progressing slowly at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd. due to demolished materials being recycled and salvaged for reuse.
- 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. The model homes at Canyon Grove (Shea Homes) are nearing completion.
- The Church of the Resurrection at 14445 Conway is ready for foundation inspection.
- KB Homes is requesting foundation inspection for the first seven homes in their Lexington development on Vista Avenue/Ash Street.
- As of March 27, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 516. During the prior week, 100 new cases were opened, and 60 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 44 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- A total of 106 illegal signs were confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 27 new licenses and received 36 new applications, in addition to 192 renewals. Twenty businesses closed and/or closed out their business licenses.
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The contractor began to work on Punch List items on Wednesday of this week. The installation of traffic signs and legends is ongoing throughout the project.
Encino Street Emergency Storm Drain Repair
Competitive bids have been received and are under review. The apparent low bidder will be contacted later this week to finalize the Public Service Agreement.
Neighborhood Parking District
The project is moving forward with the manufacturing of signs to be placed along the project streets. The installation date is tentatively set for April 10, 2017.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
The developer is working on a schedule for the completion of new striping and signage along the area streets. Installation of a missing 2” water service for the project landscape irrigation is set to be installed this Thursday.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The preconstruction meeting was held on Tuesday of this week to plan for the closure of Vista Avenue between Ash Street and Lehner Avenue during Spring Break next month. A detour route as well as door hangers and electronic message boards will be in place to assist residences. House pads for the first 8 homes were poured this week.
Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor, and lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed floor.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
No changes from the following reported last week: The traffic signal for El Norte Parkway at Vista Verde is continuing with the pot holing of utilities, onsite construction of the water quality basin as well as the construction of a new water main pipe is continuing this week.
Quantum Academy at Falconer Road
Escondido Elementary School District is continuing with the completion of the new water main to the existing facility.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
Construction activity has started on the 12” sewer main replacement on site. The contractor is required to install by-pass pumps to allow for the replacement 12” clay sewer main.
Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway
The contractor is continuing with the installation of dry utility conduits within the project limits.
Talk of the Town
The project is nearing completion; the contractor is working on the punch list. Staff anticipates the release of the project for occupancy by Friday of this week.
The project submitted traffic control plans and an Encroachment permit for review. The permits are for the construction of the offsite improvement along Escondido Boulevard as well as 15th Avenue.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
No changes from the following reported last week: This 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. The developer has not notified the City when the grading operations will resume.
Palomar Medical Center
The project engineer has resolved the sewer main conflict and construction has resumed. The replacement of the Emergency Room Access driveway which has been impacted during construction should begin to be replaced this week. All emergency vehicles will be permitted to use the driveway by Thursday of next week.
Rincon Water/Ash Street By-Pas project
A preconstruction meeting was held on Wednesday of this week to discuss the project which is slated to begin during Spring Break next month. The construction zone is along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue.
Rincon Water/Harmony Grove Water Main Upgrade
The contractor is continuing with the construction of a new recycled water main along Harmony Grove Road at Kauana Loa Drive. The project is encountering rock which is limiting installation to 20’ a day. There is a daytime closure of the roadway and traffic control which includes detour route signs and electronic message boards in place to assist residences.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
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. Pending City Attorney approval of updated Federal specifications, project plans and specifications will be submitted to the City Engineer for review and approval prior to advertising for bids. Staff anticipates advertising for bids in April 2017.
Jim Stone Pool
This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment required to meet current County Health standards. Connection of the mechanical building to the facility sewer lateral is currently underway. Demolition of the existing mechanical building has been pushed back a week to start on April 3, 2017, with reconstruction to be completed by the end of May 2017. Construction to re-plaster the pools is anticipated to begin in early to mid-April and be completed by early June 2017. The contractor is continuing with the installation of the new 6” sewer lateral this week, the connection to the main sewer is set for Wednesday of this week.
- On 03/21/17 at 08:30 hours, Detectives from the Family Protection Unit arrested Spicer Conant, a 46-year-old San Marcos resident, for attempting to kidnap 9 females in Escondido over a 10-month period (2 in May 2016 and 7 in March 2017). A search warrant was served at his residence on 03/22/17.
- On 3/22/17 at 02:17 hours, an ICEOPLEX employee working in the back of the business heard a loud banging sound coming from the main lobby/entrance. The reporting party saw two males hitting the ATM in the front lobby with hammers, and their faces were covered with towels. The suspects forced entry into the business and left with the bottom (cash) portion of the ATM. The suspects possibly fled in a green truck with a camper shell.
- On 03/23/17 at 09:11 hours, an officer received a LoJack hit in the area of Centre City Parkway and Highway 78. The vehicle was located parked at the Transit Center with no occupants. Detectives responded and observed the vehicle. A short time later a male suspect was seen entering the vehicle and drove through the parking lot. Officers converged on the vehicle before it could exit the lot and took the driver into custody without incident for Auto Theft.
- On 03/25/17 at 20:50 hours, officers responded to a radio call of an attempted kidnapping. The 18-year-old victim stated she was walking south on the sidewalk of N. Escondido Blvd from El Norte Pkwy. The victim noticed an older white four door Acura approach from behind. The front seat passenger (suspect) began talking to her. He was described as a Hispanic male adult in his 30’s, heavy set, wearing a white long sleeve shirt and dark shorts. The vehicle stopped and the suspect exited the vehicle, grabbed the victim on her right forearm, and attempted to pull her into the car. The victim punched the suspect on the right side of the face with her keys and was able to run away. The victim identified a partial plate of AD2. She was not injured and can identify the suspect.