Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day
The City participated in Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day on Thursday, April 27. Approximately 68 youth participated and learned about public service careers in Accounting, Engineering, Construction, Police, Fire, and other areas.
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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 work continues. No significant updates to report this week: A revised grading plan recently has been approved and construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Medical Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week for their new outpatient center to be constructed adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – A building permit for the supermarket is ready to issue once the grading plan is approved and fee credits are verified. Bonds have been posted for the grading permit and it is nearing approval. The applicant recently submitted a modified front elevation to Planning that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. That modified plan is currently being reviewed by staff.
- 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.
- Escondido Auto Park Association Freeway Sign (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: A building permit for the sign was issued on January 19, 2017.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) - The applicant recently notified Engineering that they have hired a local traffic engineer to provide third-party review of their traffic study to evaluate mitigation options. A revised traffic study was submitted on May 1, 2017, and is being reviewed by Engineering. Planning staff is preparing to release the Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review this week.
- 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. Revised grading plans were received by Engineering last week.
- 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 and the grading permit should be issued soon once the three boundary adjustments with adjoining property have recorded. Signal plans have been approved and street improvement plans also are nearing approval.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil.
- 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: 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 Esgil.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – The demo permit has been issued. Plans for the underground water service for fire suppression were submitted on April 17, 2017. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017. Planning has completed its review of the 2nd plan check. 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) – 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) – Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with the permitting agencies will take place on May 11, 2017.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – 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 – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application.
- 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.
- 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. Planning is completing the final review of the remaining precise grading plans so the builder can pull the remaining building permits this week or next.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – 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. 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. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Several phases have already received building permits with two additional phases (19 homes) being issued on April 5, 2017. A precise grading plan for the remainder of the development is being reviewed by staff.
- 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. 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) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. Engineering provided comments on the rough grading plan and street improvement plans on April 18, 2017.
- 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.
- Nineteen solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 320 solar permits this year compared to 463 issued for the same time last year.
- Building inspectors responded to 158 inspection requests for the week.
- The Building Division has issued 57 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 21 single-family dwellings and zero multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demolition is nearing completion at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd.
- The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Parkway has received rough framing approval. Drywall inspection is being requested for this week.
- 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. Underground plumbing inspections are being requested this week for the remaining buildings.
- The children’s building at the Emmanuel Faith Community Church has received partial foundation inspection and underground plumbing inspection.
- The eight model homes at the Canyon Grove development (Shea Homes) are nearing completion and will soon open to the public.
- KB Homes (Lexington) is requesting rough framing inspection for six homes in Phase One.
Building Maintenance & Operations
Capital Improvement Projects
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The project is now complete and will be presented at next Wednesday’s Council meeting.
Neighborhood Parking District
Permits will go on sale at the May 4, 2017 neighborhood meeting, after that time all additional permit requests must be made at the Police Department front desk. Enforcement of the parking district is scheduled to go into effect on June 1, 2017.
Jim Stone Pool
The new lane tiles are being installed at this time, the new equipment building’s roof is completed.
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 construction of the new water main is on hold due to a conflict that must be resolved by the project engineer. Framing of the first seven homes along Lehner Avenue has begun.
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 remaining pedestrian ramps were constructed at the two traffic signal locations along Ash Street and El Norte Parkway this week. New cables were pulled this past week in anticipation of relocating the utility poles. The Grand Opening of eight model homes was held this past weekend and had a good attendance.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The new concrete storm drain box culvert is continuing to be constructed through the project along with cisterns to hold rain water as part of the water quality design.
The contractor is continuing with the construction of offsite utilities along Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave. The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is complete. The developer has resumed grading of the site this week.
Palomar Medical Center
The hospital is starting the construction of another temporary parking lot located at Health Center Driveway North and Citracado Parkway. It should be completed in the coming days.
Rincon Water/ Ash Street By-Pass project
The project is idled this week.
Residential Structure Fire
On April 30, 2017 at approximately 6:10 PM, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of smoke coming from a home located at 755 E Mission Ave. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location.
The first arriving engine reported a manufactured home with heavy smoke and fire coming from a bedroom of the home. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 10 minutes. The residents were not at home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. In all, four fire engines, two trucks, one rescue ambulance and one Battalion Chief responded to the fire.
Six residents were displaced as the fire and smoke damage made the home uninhabitable. The Red Cross was requested to provide accommodations and support to the displaced persons. In addition, the Escondido Fire Department provided financial assistance to the residents through the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- On 4/23/17 at 01:14 hours, an officer conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Mission Ave and Fig St. The driver was on probation with search conditions. While searching the vehicle, officer’s discovered a panel near an AC vent that appeared out of the ordinary. A search discovered the suspect had created a false compartment that contained a quarter ounce of methamphetamine and metal knuckles. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession and transportation for sales of meth, the manufacture and use of a false compartment, and possession of metal knuckles.
- On 4/23/17 at 01:45 hours an officer was on his way home after arresting a DUI driver late in his shift. The officer observed another probable DUI driver and stops them on the right shoulder of HWY78/Las Posas. CHP arrived shortly thereafter and took over the investigation and eventually arrested the driver for DUI. Moments after CHP made the arrest, the EPD officer’s vehicle was side swiped and disabled by a passing vehicle. Fortunately, CHP and a Border Patrol unit were already on scene and were able to stop the suspect car/driver about 100 yards down the freeway. That suspect was also arrested for DUI by CHP. There were no injuries during these events.
- On 04/24/17 at 21:47 hours, officers respond to a disturbance at 857 N. Cedar St. regarding a subject sitting in his vehicle possibly armed with a gun. Officers arrive on scene and observe a subject seated in a vehicle matching the description. The subject exits on his own and officers take him into custody without incident. A loaded handgun is located on the driver’s side floorboard. The suspect was ultimately arrested for multiple gun charges, identity theft and drug possession.
- On 4/25/17 at 22:43 hours, officers responded to 1146 E. Valley Parkway reference a call for service of a subject stating he got into a fight with his father and cut him with a knife. The juvenile was involved in an altercation with his father at their home located at 829 E. Mission Ave. #E. During the altercation, the juvenile grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his father on his hand causing a pretty significant cut. The father self-transported to the hospital. The juvenile was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
- On 4/27/17 at 08:42 hours, dispatch received a call regarding at stabbing that occurred at Grape Day Park near the City Hall fountain. Witness and victim advised that a verbal argument started near fountain by City Hall. The fight begins and victim is knocked to the ground by suspect. Suspect then delivered a single stab wound to victims back causing a punctured lung (non-life threatening). Witness provided suspect description: Hispanic male, 30’s, 5’-9” to 6’-0”, slicked back black hair, wearing blue shirt and brown pants. Video cameras checked, but no identifiable images located. Victim is not cooperative with EPD.
- On 4/27/17 at 05:45 hours, EPD received a call regarding a fire in the creek bed area between 1045 Morning View Dr. and the Police Department. Escondido Fire Department advises the fire is suspicious. At 06:03 hours, another fire was reported on the hillside to the rear of 3286 Beven Dr. A cigarette in dry brush was possible cause of fire per FD. No witnesses or suspects were located. Both fires extinguished quickly. Unknown if the two fires are related at this time.