FEATURED THIS WEEK
Every Penny Counts for OUR Art Center!
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the ONLY finalist in California for a LevittAMP grant award. The LevittAMP grant award is a grant program that provides $25K in matching funds that would produce an outdoor concert series here in Escondido in 2018. Your vote will help bring quality entertainment to Grape Day Park! Voting ends November 20, so sign up at http://levittamp.org and vote today.
Community Volunteers Make Life Better
Over 1,000 volunteers from the Church at Rancho Bernardo will be participating in their annual Serve Day at Kit Carson Park and San Pasqual High School this Saturday, November 4, 2017. City staff will work beside these dedicated volunteers to assist with painting projects, trash and debris removal and the planting 20 new trees! To learn more about Serve Day visit: http://thechurchatrb.org/serveday/
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 – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans and a storm water management plan three weeks ago. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017. The applicant has been informed that civil plans are necessary.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel map started on July 25, 2017. The grading plan for the commercial buildings has been approved. The improvement plans are ready to approved once bonds are posted and fees paid. Comments on the carwash building plans were sent by Planning on October 2, 2017. The precise grading plan for the carwash lot was submitted last week. Planning approved a modification to the Plot Plan on October 26, 2017, to address revisions to some project conditions.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The applicant resubmitted revised grading, landscape, and street improvement plans on September 15, 2017. Another revised grading plan was submitted several weeks ago. Planning has approved the grading plan. Engineering is readying the bond and fee letter in advance of issuing a grading permit. The applicant is coordinating with Fire to address fire flow issues.
- Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development (Developer: John Couvillion, Badiee Development) 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road – This proposed combination of the previously approved Victory and Innovative Industrial Projects into an 11.04-acre site for a single-tenant 212,000 square foot industrial building was submitted as a modified Master and Precise Plan on September 25, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans on October 16, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing is anticipated on November 28, 2017. Grading plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 11, 2017. Building plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 23, 2017. Engineering comments on the grading plan were sent out this week.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – This project has participated in the expedited plan check program. The demo has been completed. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit was issued the end of September. The applicant has not started construction. On October 16, 2017, the applicant submitted a modified Plot Plan application to remove the basement level and increase the building height to five stories. All departments are now reviewing the revised project and the applicant has been informed that a civil site plan is necessary.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that a contract for engineering design will be considered soon.
- 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. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Staff is now coordinating with the consultant to final the EIR and start the decision-making process.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017. Another resubmittal from the applicant was received on August 22, 2017. Comments from Engineering and Utilities were sent to the applicant last week and a follow-up meeting with the applicant occurred on October 4, 2017. A revised project submittal was received on October 20, 2017 with additional revisions received last week. Fire flow issues are being coordinated with Fire and Utilities.
- Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Developer: Pete Bussett, Bussett Architecture) 2324 Miller Avenue – The applicant has been revising the project to respond to staff comments and meet the needs of the congregation. The Mitigated Negative Declaration completed a 20-day public review period on October 18, 2017. Final issues related to the Storm Water Management Plan are being resolved. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for November 28, 2017.
- Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017. The applicant has submitted revised grading plans and discussions are on-going regarding potential storm water solutions. Engineering returned plans with comments on October 20, 2017. Engineering and Building staff are working with the applicant to get construction of the model units underway.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. –City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration, most likely in January of 2018.
- 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. The Draft EIR has a 52-day public review period that starts on October 16 and ends on December 7, 2017. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant recently regarding unresolved project design issues.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue is pending. Demolition is complete and permits are nearly ready to be issued.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 392 residences – The Planning Commission reviewed the Project application on October 24, 2017, and voted 5-1 to recommend approval to the City Council. The City Council hearing has been scheduled for November 15, 2017. This information along with project status, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido.
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect) 20 condo units at 113 N. Ivy - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The applicant has reviewed drainage issues with the Engineering Division and a revised tentative map has been submitted.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) and The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of three separate downtown project sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going.
- Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. A completeness review letter was sent to the applicant on October 20, 2017 indicating the application was incomplete. A meeting with the applicant team occurred on October 26, 2017 to discuss identified issues. The applicant submitted a Storm Water Management Plan on October 30, 2017.
- Our building inspectors responded to 287 inspection requests for the week.
- The total building valuation for all issued permits this year through October 28th is $106,907,599 compared with $53,878,916 for same time last year. Building has processed 2,865 projects to date compared with 3,275 projects in 2016.
- Building has issued 199 single-family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 56 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building)
- The City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. is setting finishes in the units in preparation for building completion the first part of 2018.
- The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Escondido Disposal is requesting inspection for site walls and framing of the weigh station.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is now installing drywall and exterior lath.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received inspection approval for drywall.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is preparing for exterior shear wall and framing inspections.
- The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has received inspection approval for roof sheathing.
- The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings.
- The final lift of the exterior masonry walls is being erected at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building.
- The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition.
- The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received foundation inspection approval for Building 3.
- Permits were issued for 14 new single-family residences for the Shea Homes Canyon Grove development on Vista Avenue.
Public Works Operations
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
The bridge subcontractor repositioned the crane south of the existing bridge to complete the foundation supports for the southerly bridge section. Casings for ten piles that will support the southerly bridge abutment were driven into the ground to an average depth of 37-feet. A video clip documenting the final casing being installed is available on the City’s website. Excavation for the first of three pier footing has been completed and drilling for the second pier has begun. Storm drain construction is continuing with the installation of the 30” concrete pipe along the east side of the roadway. The Street Light contractor arrival was delayed this past week; a preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Thursday of this week. Installation of conduit for the sixteen new ornamental street lights along Valley Center Road will begin immediately after the meeting. The remaining K-rail was installed along the westerly side of East Valley Parkway during Monday and Tuesday operations.
Neighborhood Lighting Project
The contractor began to mark out utilities this week in anticipation of the installation of conduit expected to begin on Wednesday, November 1st. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street lights along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas.
2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The replacement of 114 street trees within the project limits is continuing this week. The contractor is cutting, chipping and stump grinding the identified trees. The replacement of concrete improvements, including sidewalk and curb and gutter, damaged by the tree’s root systems began on Tuesday of this week.
Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow for proactive and efficient pipe maintenance. To date, approximately 70% of the CMP storm drains have been televised.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week: The final eight (8) home site along Wagon Wheel Court have been started.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
Construction of the public improvement along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue is idled this week while the engineer reviews the final alignment of the public improvements. The developer is importing base material in preparation for construction of onsite improvement for Lehner Avenue and Stirrup Place.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
The project is idled again this week. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Testing and videoing of the sewer system is ongoing. On site public improvements are being installed this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The project’s off site activity is idled this week. No lane closures should be expected.
Testing of the project’s water improvement is continuing this week.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:
Street light poles were stood this week.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is idled at this time. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
Escondido Innovation Center
The preconstruction meeting was held this past Friday with the Notice to Proceed set for Monday October 29th. The first order of work is to clear the site of all organic material. The project requires the importing of 17,700 cubic yards of material. The project is located 1925 Harmony Grove Road.
On site construction of water quality basins in underway. The project’s waterlines were tied into the City’s potable system on Tuesday of this week. The project is located at 999 Broadway.
Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
No changes from that reported last week: The grading operation is continuing this week with the construction of the block wall along the rear of the property.
- On Thursday, October 26, 2017 The Escondido Fire Department sent Captain Chapman, Engineer Mellon and Firefighter Paramedics Roberts and Hansen on Reserve Engine 1327 to the Wildomar incident. They returned on Friday, October 27th.
- On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 02:16 hours the Escondido Police and Fire Communications received a report of a commercial structure fire in the 900 block of West Washington Ave. A structure fire response was dispatched, along with Escondido Police, to investigate. The first arriving engine company located the fire at 910 W. Washington and reported moderate smoke in the building. A working commercial upgrade was requested and crews from San Marcos Fire responded to assist. Crews made access to the building and due to aggressive action were able to contain and control the fire in one hour. The business was a granite kitchen and bathroom manufacturing company. The showroom sustained moderate smoke and fire damage and the warehouse sustained minor smoke damage. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. In all, five engines, two trucks, two Battalion Chiefs and one rescue ambulance responded to the fire. The cause is currently under investigation.
- On 10/22/17 at 04:59 hours, dispatch received an audible alarm call at a business in the 1900 block of W. Mission Rd. Officers arrive on scene at 05:13 hours to find the security bars cut and a window smash. Loss was tools. There is no suspect info at this point.
- On 10/23/17 at 03:40 hours, a reporting party advised EPD Communications of a suspicious vehicle parked and occupied in the 1100 block of E. 3rd Ave. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and determined the vehicle was reported stolen. The female adult occupant was arrested for Auto Theft.
- On 10/24/17 at 12:27 hours, several males were involved in a dispute over a panhandling location (Ash/Valley). During the dispute, the victim was struck on the face with the blade edge of a roofing hammer. Multiple witnesses call to report the incident. The suspect was located a short distance away and is identified by a witness. he victim was taken to Palomar Medical Center for non-life threatening facial injuries. The suspect arrested and transported to jail on Felony Assault charges.
- On 10/27/17 at 00:15 hours, an officer responded to the 1100 block of E. Mission and took a stolen vehicle report from the owner. At 00:33 hours, another officer located the stolen car (2013 Honda Civic) about one block from the listed address. The car yielded and 4 juvenile occupants were detained without incident. The owner’s juvenile sister was a passenger in the car and was arrested for taking the car without permission. A juvenile male driver was also arrested for possession of the stolen car.
- On 10/27/17 a 5y/o boy ran across the street in the 2300 block of Conway Dr. and was struck by a car. The boy was transported to Children's Hospital via life flight. He ultimately sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
- On 10/28/17 at approximately 21:42 hours, a reporting party called to report hearing a loud bang coming from their attached garage in the 2000 block of S. Juniper St. Officers arrived at the scene and encountered an 18-year-old male wearing a blue jiu-jitsu gi with a purple belt. He had broken into the garage but was scared off when he heard the owner say she was calling the police. The male was subsequently arrested for residential burglary.
- On 10/28/17 at 04:00 hours, several calls came in regarding a horse loose in the 400 block of W. El Norte Pkwy in the traffic lanes. Officers arrived on scene and located the majestic steed strolling west bound in the lanes of traffic. Officer Mat "The Horse Whisperer" Ciremele made a leash out of a couple of cord cuffs and with Officer Guerrero's assistance, escorted the horse to the side of the road. Officer Ciremele was able to keep the horse calm and in one location until animal control arrived. Job well done!
The EPD 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 and community issues. Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.
- 4 arrests were made
- 8 citations were issued
- COPPS Unit and the City Attorney’s Office provided briefing training on the citation/report procedures for Muni Code violations
- Met with business owners in Valley Pkwy/I-15 area to recommend clean-up/visibility strategies to reduce camping opportunities for homeless
EPD teamed up with the CHP, the Regional Auto Theft Taskforce (RATT) and sponsoring agency AAA to provide free VIN# window etching. The purpose for the etching is to deter auto thieves from stealing the car as it hinders re-sale opportunities and the ability to place false VIN #’s on stolen cars. Approximately 100 cars received the etching.
On Friday, October 27, 2017 Chief Carter, Captain Kogler and Lt. Murphy attended the Blue Knights Officer of the Year awards dinner, sponsored by the San Diego Crime Commission. Officer Joseph Putulowski was recognized as the EPD Blue Knights Officer of the Year for his excellent work in DUI enforcement and Patrol leadership abilities. Chief Carter was the Master of Ceremonies. Congratulations, Joe!
On Saturday, October 28, 2017 EPD participated in the DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. In just 4 hours, over 30 large boxes of prescription medications were collected for destruction!