May 9. 2019

New Disc Golf Course at Reidy Creek!
JC Golf is launching San Diego County’s newest disc golf course at Reidy Creek Golf Course on May 11, 2019. Be the first to play the new course! For more information about disc golf and the course visit: https://www.jcgolf.com/san-diego-golf-blog/2019/05/01/disc-golf/

South Centre City Specific Plan wins APA Excellence Award
The South Centre City Specific Plan is at it again!  San Diego Section American Planning Association (APA) recently announced its class of winners and the plan won an Excellence Award in the “Advancing Diversity and Social Change” award category.  The Excellence Award is top honors in the field.  This is the second award for the planning team; last year, the South Centre City Specific Plan won an Excellence Award for public outreach. 

Free Workouts for Teens All Summer Long
Looking for summer activities for your teenager? Teens ages 15-18 can work out for free at Planet Fitness all summer long starting, May 15 - September 1. Escondido's Planet Fitness is located at: 1349 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA. See the flyer below for more information.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

 

 

Police:

April Abandoned Vehicle Data


Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through April 27 of each year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                                                                                                        

Incidents:

Two Arrested in Separate Stolen Car Stops
On April 27 at 4:40 a.m., an Escondido police officer stopped a Honda for a traffic violation near the intersection of Washington Ave. and Fig St.  A police dispatcher did a computer check on the car’s license and discovered that the car was reported stolen.  That information was relayed to officers who subsequently arrested Ulises Solorio (25-year-old resident of Escondido).  Less than an hour later, around 5:20 a.m., a second officer locates another reported stolen car in the area of Mission Ave. and Rose St.  Officers attempt to stop the second stolen Honda, but the driver flees in the car and a vehicle pursuit begins.  The pursuit ended in the city of Vista when the stolen car struck an electrical pole.  The driver, Tony Perez (27-year-old resident of Escondido) was arrested on auto theft and felony evading charges.  There were no injuries in the collision.

Man Arrested After Head-Butting Officer
On April 29 at 5:08 p.m., officers responded to reports of a fight along the flood control channel bike path (near the 300 block of E. Washington Ave.).  Officers contacted Sergio Mata (20-year-old resident of Escondido) who was found to be drunk in public.  Mata resisted arrest and head-butted one officer.  The officer had a complaint of pain, but was otherwise uninjured.  During the struggle between Mata and officers an illegal knife fell from his pants.  Officers gained control of Mata who was ultimately charged with being drunk in public, resisting arrest, and possession of an illegal knife.

Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges
On May 5 at 5:05 p.m., officers responded to reports of a burglary in-progress call in the 1000 block of Hoover St.  An alert resident watched an adult female suspect enter his car, take property, and then proceed into the garages of two adjacent homes.  Officers arrived and found the suspect a short distance away.  Aalyah Johnson (20-year-old transient) was arrested on burglary, and other related charges.

COPPS:
The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 2 arrests
  • 15 citations
  • 58 extra patrols

FIRE

News:
Last week, Fire Captain Kevin Beverly participated in a full scale mobilization exercise for the San Diego Urban Search and Rescue Multi-Agency Task Force at the Del Valle Regional Training Center in Castaic, California. The exercise required the Task Force members to deal with the impacts of a terrorist attack including decontamination and securing of the area, searching for victims (including using search dogs), and extraction of victims from the rubble (including using cranes to lift debris and motor vehicles). This exercise and the training and experience of the San Diego Urban Search and Rescue Multi-Agency Task Force ensures the preparedness of responders in the event of a large scale incident in or around Escondido and San Diego County.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. The grading permit is ready to be issued once Planning completes the related Specific Plan Amendment described below.
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for the first 71,656 SF medical office building in this approved medical complex area across from Palomar Hospital were submitted into plan check on October 9, 2018. Fire and Esgil have approved the plans. Planning has a hold on the permit until the parking issues below are resolved.
    A Specific Plan Amendment (SPA) will be required to move the temporary parking lot on the medical building site (above) to another location within ERTC.  The SPA application was submitted on November 13, 2018, and proposes the construction of a new temporary parking lot at the southern end of the ERTC development on Lots 10-15 and a permanent parking lot on Lot 1.  The plot plan and grading exemption for Lot 1 was approved by the Zoning Administrator on March 21, 2019.  Grading plan comments for Lot 1 were provided by Engineering on April 2, 2019.  The applicant provided a draft MOU document on January 4, 2019 (intended to be signed by applicant, PPH and City) explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements and a revised MOU was provided to staff on April 10, 2019.  On April 23, 2019, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the Specific Plan Amendment and CUP for the temporary parking on Lots 10-15.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for May 22, 2019.  Final engineering for the temporary parking lot will be accepted into plan check prior to the Council hearing at the applicant’s risk.
  1. Toyota of Escondido Certified Used Car Facility (Developer: Stephen Myers, Toyota of Escondido) 990 N. Broadway – A Plot Plan to assemble five commercial lots including a vacant used car business into an automotive sales and service facility for Toyota. The proposal includes the demolition of a vacant residence and a small expansion of an existing service building.  The project application was submitted on January 7, 2019.  Staff-level design review occurred on January 31, 2019.  Comments from Planning, Engineering, Utilities, Fire and Traffic were sent to the applicant on February 5, 2019.  Planning met with the applicant on February 28, 2019, to discuss proposed revisions to the plans. A revised Plot plan was resubmitted March 4, 2019.  Engineering met with the applicant on April 8, 2019 to finalize hydrant placements.  Project review is nearing completion.

 

Industrial

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. Esgil and Fire have approved the plans.  Planning provided comments on the building plans on September 19, 2018.  The final map was approved by City Council on September 19, 2018, and has recorded. The grading permit has been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  The building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire.  Planning is waiting for a plan that ensures rooftop mechanical equipment is appropriately screened.
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018.  A meeting with the applicant to review the various departmental comments occurred on October 29, 2018.  Another round of comments related to the proposed specific plan have also been provided.  The developer team met with several departments on April 4, 2019, primarily to discuss traffic-related issues.

City Projects

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The City Council approved a contractual agreement with Black and Veatch for engineering services on April 4, 2018. On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility to another location.  Utilities staff are investigating the feasibility of moving the MFRO to city property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.  Preliminary geotechnical and survey work is underway.  Helix Environmental Planning will be preparing the draft environmental documents.  The AB 52 consultation letter will be sent to interested tribes once a new site plan has been developed in approximately 2-3 weeks.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team is meeting with Utilities and Planning on May 15 to discuss design and timeline issues.
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff recently concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies is being prepared for submittal.

Residential

  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018. Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link:  https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July 2017. The applicant has occasionally engaged in discussions with various departments since that time, but has declined a staff offer to schedule a comprehensive meeting with all city departments.  Another set of revised plans were submitted the week of November 26, 2018.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were issued on February 25, 2019.  In response to a follow-up discussion with the applicant, Planning provided additional comments on April 29, 2019.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  A revised Certified Tentative Map is anticipated for substantial conformance review and includes a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  Grading and improvement plan check for each of the villages is on-hold until the revised Certified Tentative Map is approved.  That submittal is expected next week
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link: https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded. The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering comments were returned on January 18, 2019 and additional comments were sent on January 25, 2019.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  A revised Precise Development Plan was submitted on March 14, 2019, and Planning comments were issued on April 11, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The CWA is requiring upgraded structural protection to protect the aqueduct where crossings occur.
  1. Aspire (131 apartment units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development across from City Hall on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing for a 106-unit development on June 23, 2017. On March 14, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of 11 Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 131 units) has been accommodated by eliminating all 3-bedroom units to allow additional studio, one- and two-bedroom units within the same building structure.  The project includes 4,289 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, primarily fronting on Maple Street Plaza.  A purchase and sale agreement for the project site (Parking Lot 1) was approved by the City Council on September 19, 2018.  Concerns regarding parking have been expressed; and the applicant’s parking consultant submitted a parking study on January 17, 2019.  A proposed Development Agreement was submitted for staff review on April 24, 2019.  Engineering is completing final review of the traffic study and storm water plans.
  1. The Ivy (127 apartment units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The apartment project was initially submitted for entitlement processing for a 95-unit development on June 23, 2017. On February 8, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of 11 Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 127 units) was accommodated by adding another story to the development resulting in a five-story residential building up to 63 feet in height.  While the building footprint is nearly identical to the previous design, the proposal also adds 1,175 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor at the corner of Second Avenue/Ivy Street.  Utilities and Fire comments on the revised development plan were issued on March 12, 2019.  A revised traffic study is currently being reviewed by Traffic Engineering staff.  A proposed Development Agreement was submitted for staff review on April 11, 2019.  A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for May 28, 2019.
  1. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St. – The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. Staff comments from Planning, Engineering, Utilities and Fire were returned to the applicant on December 27, 2018. A follow-up meeting with Planning occurred on January 15, 2019, and revised project plans were submitted on February 12, 2019.  City staff provided comments on March 25, 2019.  Utilities is requesting an upsizing to the water line in Quince Street to 8”.  Traffic engineering received revised traffic counts on April 19, 2019.  The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is expected to commence by the end of this month. 
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  Fire and Planning staff will provide a response to that letter this week.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link: Sager Ranch Resort Specific Plan - City of Escondido
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Preparation for the project EIR was sent out on August 29, 2018, and the comment period closed on October 1, 2018.  A Scoping Meeting occurred on September 6, 2018.  The third screen check of the Draft EIR was received on March 29, 2019.  The applicant met with staff on May 2, 2019 to review associated revisions to the plans and final edits to the Draft EIR.  A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The original developer, New Urban West, has secured permits from CDFW, ACOE and RWQCB. The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. Fence and wall plans were submitted the second week of December.  The model homes were submitted into building plan check the last week of October and the Precise Grading Plan for the models was submitted at the end of March.  On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The project engineer has recently discussed submitting a revision to the rough grading plan for the enhanced mitigation area.
  1. Mercado 3-Story Mixed Use Building (Developer: Curtis Lively) 5 residences and 2 commercial suites on 0.14-acre at 510 W. 2nd Avenue – A Plot Plan for five two-story residential units on top of 2,375 SF of commercial floor area and a parking garage was submitted July 13, 2018. Staff review comments were provided to the applicant who then submitted revised plans. Additional Planning and Engineering comments were sent to the applicant on September 27, 2018, and a revised project submittal was received on December 11, 2018.  Comments from Fire, Utilities and Planning on the revised plans were sent to the applicant on January 2, 2019.  The applicant submitted revised plans including a reduction of commercial space to 1,750 square feet on February 20, 2019.  Planning staff completed design review on March 21, 2019, with no major recommended changes.  Engineering and Fire received revised alley and hydrant placement plans on May 6, 2019.
  1. 555 West Grand Mixed-Use Building (Developer: Ed McCoy) 32 condo units in three floors over a parking garage – This 32-unit mixed-use development with 610 SF of office/flex space was submitted as a planned development application on August 27, 2018. The project is seeking a reduction in parking and open space standards. Initial multi-department comments were sent to the applicant on September 26, 2018.  The applicant met with Fire, Engineering, Planning and Utilities staff on October 16, 2018 to discuss the staff comments.  Engineering and Fire are coordinating fire flow and hydrant locations with the applicant.  It is anticipated that water lines will need to be upsized on Quince and Grand.  Planning has requested a parking study to support the proposed reduction in the number of parking spaces.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018. Comments included the need to evaluate the building construction type for fire purposes and consider the design standards in the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Planning staff have had several follow-up conversations with the applicant team and are awaiting revised plans.  Utilities has requested a sewer study to assess potential impacts to the nearby Lift Station 2.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included. The project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  The initial plan submittal was presented to the Board of the Downtown Business Association on January 9, 2019, the Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce on January 10, 2019 and the Old Escondido Neighborhood Group on February 20, 2019.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting has been scheduled for May 20, 2019.  Staff is awaiting a complete submittal of the redesign package which is expected in three weeks.
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. A demolition permit for the former packinghouse structures was submitted on February 14, 2019 and only needs utility shutoff before work starts.  Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  A vegetation removal permit was issued on March 21, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019.  Utilities has identified conflicts with drainage facilities in the second plan check.  The applicant is working with staff to resolve final boundary adjustment issues to satisfy the title company. 
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  An extension of time for both the North and South tentative maps was approved by the Zoning Administrator last week.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with Utilities.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on seven applications for accessory dwelling units. Five accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. 24 accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 70 permits (including 25 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $810,104.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 166 inspection requests. 174 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received final Fire inspection approval and are progressing toward requesting a final inspection.
  1. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 N. Center City Pkwy has received building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for Buildings 1-4 and drywall approval for Buildings 6. Building 5 received final inspection on May 6.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway has received rough framing approval.
  1. The Citron multifamily project at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd has received final Fire approval and gas meter release for Buildings 6, 7, and 8. Final inspection will take place this week.
  1. The new 105-room hotel at 200 La Terraza Blvd is open for business under a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy while they work through Engineering and Building inspection corrections.
  1. The four-story, 102,774 square foot self-storage building at 222 W. Mission Ave received final inspection approval on April 30th.
  1. No change from the previous. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. is receiving rough framing and drywall inspection weekly until completed.
  1. The Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave has received approval for foundation and underground plumbing for Building C and sewer for the clubhouse. The installation of floor sheathing is on-going.
  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W. Lincoln Ave has received inspection approval for exterior framing for buildings B and C. The project has 3 buildings and 9 total units.
  1. The two-story, 20,000 square foot office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W. Mission has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. Framing is underway.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements

  1. 2018 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project  – This year’s program will focus on residential areas south of Felicita and east of I-15 with major work on Citricado Parkway, Escondido Boulevard, Del Lago Boulevard, Centre City Parkway, Felicita Road, and Bear Valley Parkway. The concrete elements for the project are complete at this time. The pavement restoration of Centre City Parkway between Felicita Avenue and Citracado Parkway was scheduled for this week but due to weather conditions has been rescheduled to Monday May 13. The slurry portion of the contract is set to begin on Monday, May 13 and run for 36 days. The ARAM portion of the project is set to begin on May 14 and be competed in 7 days.  For more information on the City’s Street Maintenance Program including a comprehensive list of streets to be treated follow the link: (https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx).          
  2. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 409 – Water quality testing passed on the bypass pipe section near Lake Wohlford Road. The water line will be energized on May 22 during a day time operation. Work on the punch list items are the focus of work again this week. The landscape up-lighting is operational for the Welcome Escondido monument.
  3. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The preconstruction meeting for the project was held on Wednesday April 24th. The contractor is currently working on the required NCTD access permit which must be in place to the start of construction.  
  4. Missing Link ProjectNo changes from that reported last week. The mid- block pedestrian signal was activated on Tuesday of this week. The previous pedestrian crossing located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway has been permanently removed and temporary signage has been put in place notify of its closure. The project will now move to the punch list phase.
  5. HSIP Traffic Signal Project The preconstruction meeting for this project was held and a Notice to Proceed was issued for May 20th. The project will provide new traffic signals at Valley Parkway/Date Street and El Norte Parkway/Fig Street intersections. The project is funded by the Highway Safety Improvements Projects. The contractor has mobilized equipment and materials in preparation of the traffic signal pole delivery. All submittals have been reviewed and approved.
  6. Tulip Street Improvements Phase IV – The construction of retaining walls is continuing along Tulip Street. The construction of the new curb and gutter improvements are being completed this week. SDG&E has completed the gas lateral relocation. The last remaining item for SDG&E is the installation of a replacement power pole which is set for May 16.
  7. Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. Retrofit Project No changes from that reported last week: The project will upgrade 644 existing high pressure sodium lights with energy efficient L.E.D. fixtures. The project boundaries are Lincoln Avenue to the north, 13th Avenue to the south, Ash Street to the east, and Upas Street to the west. The winning bid came in below the engineer’s estimate which will allow for the installation of an additional 100 lights. The project preconstruction meeting was held on Thursday, February 21. The first order of light fixtures totaling 64 have arrived. The remaining light fixture should arrive in two weeks. The work to install will commence immediately after delivery.
  8. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 – The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. The project Notice to Proceed has been issued and the contractor is on day 26 of the contract. The low bidder was Sancon Engineering Inc. with a bid of $841,310.00. The Engineers estimate for the project was $746,734.00.

Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community No changes from that reported last week: this: Of the 179 home lots developed since the start of construction on February 11, 2016, only 14 remain under construction. 
  2. Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway No changes from that reported last week: Restoration of the onsite pavement was completed this week.
  3. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. No changes from that reported last week: The water line construction is currently under pretest procedures. The sewer manhole located in Gamble Street has been constructed.
  4. Veterans Village –  The project has been walked and a punch list has been provided. The remaining buildings were released for occupancy this week.   
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project -  The grading operation is in full swing again this week. Over the course of the grading operation, 5,920 cubic yards of dirt will be delivered to the site. The grading contractor has two drop tanks for filling 4 water trucks which are on site. The project is located at the intersection of Hamilton Lane and Miller Avenue.
  6. Escondido Self Storage - No changes from that reported last week: The grading of the project is idled. Offsite utility construction has begun along Brotherton Road. The project is located at the southwest corner of Brotherton Road and Cranston Drive.
  7. Citron Development No changes from that reported last week: The contractor completed restoration of the main driveway entrance this week.
  8. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – The tank was installed and backfilled last week. The dewatering operation is complete and all operational equipment will be removed from the site. The new fuel line from the tank to the building are the order of work.
  9. North American Self Storage – The temporary high line was tied in this week. Construction of the new mainline begun with all work being performed during a night time operation to help with traffic flow. The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street.
  10. Storquest Self Storage – The construction of the 4 story structure is nearing completion at 222 Mission Avenue. The project has received the temporary certificate of occupancy.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

None this week.