ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Escondido Events now plans to open its Saturday Market beginning Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 a.m. -1 p.m. on North Kalmia Street off of Grand Avenue. The market will feature local artisans, crafters, home crafted food vendors, flowers, vegetables and much more. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Community In Unity Holiday Kick Off  – November 21, 2013, 5:31-8:31, City Hall.
    Food and wine is provided by over 30 local restaurants, craft brewers, and wineries. Local schools and churches provide music to create the caroling mood, followed by a step into Santa’s Sweet Shop that will promise to end all diets. In the spirit of giving, guests are asked to bring new pajamas for Isabelle’s Foundation for Rady’s Children Hospital and/or a new toy for the Escondido Police Department’s (EPD) annual Children’s Christmas Party which assists child victims of violence, abuse and low income. Last year over 650 pajamas/toys were collected. The Christmas tree and Gingerbread house will be auctioned off and proceeds are also given to the EPD’s child abuse program. Tickets may be purchased for $20.00 prior to the event or $25.00 at the door. For further information and ticket purchase contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760/745-2125. 
  • Loy Krathong Festival – November 24, 2013 10:00 to 5:00 p.m., 139 W. 11th Avenue.
    Loy Krathong is one of the most ancient and beautiful Thai festivals. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • A tentative map and planned development application have been received for the property at 2412- 2418 S. Escondido Blvd. The project requires an amendment to the South Escondido Blvd. Neighborhood Area Plan to increase allowable densities and allow a 100% residential development as anticipated in the updated General Plan. The project involves a 76-unit three-story residential development on a 2.53 acre site.
  • A tentative map for 16 lots has been submitted by Pacific Land Investors for the 4.6-acre properties at 926 Lehner Avenue/839 Stanley Avenue. This is the fourth subdivision map under review along this frontage, with additional map submittals anticipated in the coming weeks. The project will require a development agreement to address infrastructure deficiencies in the area.
  • A land use determination was made for the former Old Navy site within the Civic Centre Plaza, denying a request for a proposed 99 Cents Only store. The determination was based on the Downtown Specific Plan prohibition on retail uses with across the board maximum pricing or “everything under” pricing. The applicant has appealed the determination to the Planning Commission.
  • Staff attended the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Complete Communities Marketplace symposium held on November 15, an event that was co-sponsored by SANDAG. We showcased Downtown and the Transit Station area. The event was designed to promote opportunities for development focused on living, working, moving, and thriving. Escondido was also selected to present a 10-minute successful case study; we chose Latitude 33 and its positive impact on downtown. The event was attended by over 100 persons including many developers and investors who met with staff and expressed interest in further investigating what Escondido has to offer.

Building:

  • The Cheesecake Factory at the Westfield mall received a final inspection and approval on Monday 11/18. The “soft opening” is scheduled for this week. 
  • With only a four- day work week due to the Veteran’s Day holiday, permits issued were below average at 35 permits for the week with a total valuation of $175,237. The majority of the permits issued were of the minor type (i.e. plumbing, mechanical and electrical, additions, and tenant improvements etc. Inspections and counter contacts were steady with an average of 23 daily inspections and 36 counter contacts. Photovoltaic permits continue to lead the permit activity for the year with 382 issued so far this year and 7 for the week.
  • The Classical Academy at 207 E. Pennsylvania is going through their second round of plan review comments. The residential care facilities at 930 Monticello has received building department plan review approval and are waiting for all department approvals prior to permit issuance. The Contempo townhomes project at 203 S. Orange has begun foundation work on two new buildings.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

A preconstruction meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20.  Once the Notice to Proceed is issued, the contractor will have 80 working days to complete the project.

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The contractor is onsite potholing utility conflicts and preparing for the first water service replacements which are scheduled for November 21.  

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor has begun to install the pedestrian lighting poles on the south side of the flood control channel between Broadway and Juniper Street.

Heritage Garden:

The redwood trellis has been installed and is available for viewing. It is located at the alley entrance to the park, adjacent to the public parking area.

Private Development

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The offsite water main tie-in along Pine Street was completed on November 14.  The second water main tie-in had to be cancelled for this week due to the underground contractor disturbing the temporary end cap on a portion of the distribution system. Repairs and testing will be required which will push the final tie-in date to December 5. The alley was reopened November 15 after the contractor completed the base course of asphalt pavement. 

Stone Brewery Traffic Signal:

The project is on hold, the contractor is still awaiting delivery of the signal poles.

Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

SDG&E has notified the City that due to the high demand on the gas transmission main, which serves the SDG&E power plant located on Citracado Parkway, the utility will postpone any work that would disturb its operation until February 1, 2014. Staff will review the construction zone to ensure that it is left in a safe condition until the project is remobilized.  

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

The Management Team held a retreat on November 19 and 20.