ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital. A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. Revisions to that plan are currently being reviewed. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans. A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016. A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. A modified building permit to add a linear accelerator has been approved. 
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016 and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016.
  2. Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  1. Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, five-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wildlife agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)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)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)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) - No change from the following update reported last week: 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 is now being reviewed by Engineering staff. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last 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. The applicant is currently proposing some minor design modifications that are being reviewed by staff. 
  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, 2017. The grading permit is close to issuance. 
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: 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 ft. 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. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. An industrial planned development application has been submitted along with a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. 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 and building plans are expected to be submitted soon. 
  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 was extensively reviewed by all departments. The Planning Division issued a conditional letter of approval on December 21, 2016. An erosion control and demo permit has been approved. The applicant has submitted grading and landscape plans into plan check under the city’s “expedited plan-check” pilot program. Staff comments on the first plan check are expected to be issued this week approximately 12 working days following the first submittal. The applicant expects to submit building plans into plan check next week. 

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility 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) No change from the following update reported last 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) No change from the following update reported last week: 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.

Institutional

  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: 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. The grading plans are now in plan check. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)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 No change from the following update reported last 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)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) 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)No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for 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 recorded. Precise grading plans for all phases have now been approved.  Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016. 
  1. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected. 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, the Planning Commission approved a variance request from KB Homes to reduce perimeter wall setbacks for five residential lots. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)No change from the following update reported last 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 Tentative Map on February 14, 2017. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The EIR consultant 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. The Final Map is scheduled for City Council approval on March 15, 2017. Grading and building plans are nearing approval. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The 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. Building permits for 16 additional homes are nearly ready to issue 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) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and 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) – 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)No change from the following update reported last 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)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016. Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes 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.
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. Grading plans and final map were resubmitted (2nd review) on January 23 and January 25, 2017 and are currently being reviewed by staff. Comments and corrections on the building plans have been provided to the applicant and are awaiting resubmittal.
  2. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – – No change from the following update reported last 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 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, 2016 to review the comment letter. It was conveyed to City staff that the applicant will resubmit in early 2017. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR was issued on January 25 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. 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, ArchitectNo change from the following update reported last week: This project 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.

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 84 permits during a very busy week with a total valuation of $5,872,096. Permits were issued for 10 new single family residences at Shea Home’s 178-lot Canyon Grove development as well as the 45,000 square foot children’s building on the Emmanuel Faith Church campus. 
  1. Twenty photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 167 solar permits this year compared to 229 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Counter technicians assisted, on average, 35 customers per day with 34 customers on Friday. 
  1. Building inspections were down below average due to the rainy weather and averaged 29 inspections per day with 26 inspections on Friday. 
  1. The total building valuation for all issued permits issued this year through the 4th of March is $12,724,397 compared with $7,880,095 for the same time last year. Building has processed 548 projects to date compared with 645 projects for the same time period in 2016. 
  1. 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. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and second floor wall framing is progressing. 
  1. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. has requested rough framing inspection. 
  1. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is erecting the structural steel and roof on their new transfer building. 
  1. Demolition is almost complete at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd.
  1. The Talk of the Town restaurant shell building and carwash building at 400 Brotherton Road are progressing rapidly toward final inspection that is anticipated within the next two weeks. The plans for the interior of the restaurant building have been submitted and are under review. 
  1. Plans were submitted for a new Starbucks café with drive-thru at 350 W. Valley Parkway. 

Code Enforcement: 

  1. As of March 6, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 478. During the prior week, 49 new cases were opened, and 123 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 37 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  1. A total of 97 illegal signs were confiscated during the weekend. 
  1. Last week, the Business License Division issued 50 new licenses and received 35 new applications, in addition to 247 renewals. Twenty-four businesses closed and/or closed out their business licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The tree planting is completed in the Old Escondido neighborhood. Installation of the asphalt bike path in Kit Carson Park has been finished connecting El Ku Avenue to the West Field Shopping loop road.  The installation of traffic signs and legends is ongoing throughout the project. Installation of 3000 feet of modified asphalt berm along the Westside neighborhood between Quince Street to Spruce Street and 5th Avenue to 16th Avenue will begin on Wednesday. 

Encino Street Emergency Storm Drain Repair
The design for completing the storm drain repairs has been solicited and awaiting a final price so work may proceed. 

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. 7 area contractors were solicited for bids. Bids closed on March 9, 2017 with construction scheduled to begin on March 20, 2017.

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Pradera - Lennar Communities
Phase 6: construction of building pads is beginning this week.  

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of the offsite sewer system along Vista Avenue between Lehner Avenue and Broadway is complete and final pavement restoration should begin this week. Onsite sewer main construction began this week, the concrete pipe for constructing an additional storm drain was delivered on Tuesday of this week.  

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. Onsite construction of the water quality basin has begun during the 10-day period with no anticipated rain. 

Quantum Academy at Falconer Road
Escondido Elementary School District has completed the installation of the new water main to the existing facility. The contractor has begun the water quality testing of the system this week. 

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The required water line retesting has passed, the test plate will be pulled and the system reenergized so the grading operations may resume.     

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 street lights along Centre City Parkway have been energized, the developer also changed out two old low pressure sodium fixtures on the existing streel lights along Bernardo Avenue. 

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 contractor has completed the installation of all water and sewer services along the public right of way. The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is ongoing this week.  

Palomar Medical Center
The project encountered a conflict while constructing the new sewer main, a redesign will halt construction for a period of time. 

POLICE 

INCIDENTS: 

  • On 2/28/17 at 00:54 hours, officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Custom Warehouse Services (1313 Simpson Way), and arrived on scene within 5 minutes. Suspects were gone when officers arrived. Suspects pried open the front door and ransacked the business.
  • On 2/28/17 at 02:02 hours, officers respond to a commercial burglary alarm at LLP (2250 Micro Pl) and arrived on scene within 4 minutes. The suspects were gone when officers arrived. The suspects accessed a door key from a lock-box that was attached to the door and ransacked the business. 
  • On 3/1/17 at 18:13 hours, Gang Enforcement Team officers were northbound on Chestnut St. and observed a dark colored 4 door sedan traveling in the opposite direction at a very high rate of speed. Officers made a U-turn and then observed the sedan collide into the rear of a SUV that was stopped at Juniper St. As officers pulled up the driver fled the vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued. The foot chase ended at Juniper St. and 13th Avenue when officers took the suspect into custody. The driver had 3 active No Bail warrants for Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.
  • On 3/3/17 at 08:15 hours, California Highway Patrol was involved in a pursuit that entered Escondido. Highway Patrol lost the vehicle in the area of Mission Avenue and El Norte Parkway. The vehicle was believed to be stolen. A detective located the vehicle in the 700 block of Hillward Street and observed the suspect enter a residence at 713 Hillward St. A perimeter was set up and with the assistance of Astrea, San Diego County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol. The suspect fled out of the house and was located a couple yards north of the address. California Highway Patrol took the suspect into custody with a show of force. It was determined that the stolen vehicle was taken from a hot prowl burglary in Oceanside. Oceanside Detectives also responded to the scene to conduct follow up.
  • On 3/4/17 at 02:35 hours, a white male adult arrived at Palomar Medical Center West with several gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso.  The subject had been shot outside of his home at 842 E. Grand Ave by an unknown suspect. The victim immediately underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
  • On 3/4/17 at 08:22 hours, two male subjects were seen spray painting in the flood control channel at the corner of Stanley Way and Broadway. A witness called Police and multiple officers responded to the area. Officers located the subjects and both subjects were taken into custody following a foot pursuit. Both subjects were positively ID’d during a curbstone and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility on vandalism, conspiracy and resisting arrest charges.