FEATURED THIS WEEK

New Bridge Craned in Over the Escondido Creek
On November 20 the new pedestrian bridge was placed over the Escondido Creek as part of the Escondido Creek Bikeway Missing Link Project. This project fills an existing gap between the Escondido Creek Trail on N. Broadway and the Inland Rail Trail on Quince Street by constructing new bike facilities through the core city area. Read more about the project here.

 

Over 1,100 Volunteers Lend a Hand in Kit Carson Park
On November 17, The Church of Rancho Bernardo held their annual serve day at Kit Carson Park.  This event is the City’s largest volunteer turnout of the year. The Church brought over 1,100 volunteers to clean, pick up trash, trim plants and trees, plant new trees and spread mulch for nearly 4 hours. This equates to 82.5 weeks of labor saved. It would take two full time employees nearly 10 months to complete this many hours of labor. This one day of service saves our taxpayers over $81,000! Thank you to The Church of Rancho Bernardo for this amazing commitment to Escondido.

 

Successful Fire Department Partnership with Palomar College
In response to our ongoing challenges recruiting paramedics, the Fire Department recently implemented a partnership with Palomar College’s Paramedic School to fast track selected paramedic students into full time positions with the City. After completing the classroom portion of paramedic school, students must complete a 22-shift (two month) internship assigned to a preceptor assigned on an ambulance. In September of this year three students were selected to complete their internship with our Fire Department. All three students successfully passed their internships and graduated from paramedic school. They have applied for full time positions and are currently in backgrounds. We expect all three to be hired full time in January 2019. 

Pollinator Gardens Pop Up in Escondido
The small space between Evans Tire and the Escondido Creek is more than just landscaping. The Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park is a functioning pollinating garden that is full of bees, beetles, and caterpillars that aid in the overall ecosystem in the area. Read more in the San the Union Tribune article here. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

Code Enforcement

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Graffiti Restitution

Public Works

Fire

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October Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division: 


POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Incidents:

Peaceful Week
We are happy to report that Thanksgiving week proved to be rather peaceful in Escondido.  Below is what little there is to report this week; 

Domestic Violence Leads to Vehicle Pursuit
On November 20 at 3:18 p.m., officers responded to a domestic violence call at the Best Value Inn, 555 N. Centre City Pkwy.  Thomas Kerr (53-year-old resident of Escondido) had threatened and battered his girlfriend, and threatened to kill the hotel manager.  Kerr fled in a vehicle as officers arrived.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Kerr eluded them and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  As with all vehicle pursuits, officers are continuously weighing the public safety risk posed by the pursuit against the need to capture the suspect.  In this case, Kerr was driving in a reckless manner that outweighed the need for an immediate apprehension.  Officers canceled the pursuit to avoid unnecessary risk to public safety.  Kerr was found and arrested on 11-26-18 in San Marcos.  He was booked on charges of domestic battery, criminal threats, and felony evading. 

Motorcyclist Injured in Collision
On November 10, at 6:35 a.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of El Norte Pkwy. and Fig St.  The collision involved a truck and a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries and was transported to Palomar Medical Center.  The Escondido Police Traffic Division is handling the investigation. 

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.     

  • 4 arrests
  • 17 citations 

EVENTS:
Captain Murphy and Lt. Al Owens (retired) represented EPD and the Police Athletic League (PAL) at the Boys and Girls Club. A family in need was given new appliances, food and $600 in gift cards courtesy of Maytag and their Dependable Leaders Award.

TIP OF THE WEEK:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than fatalities in vehicles.  Here are some important reminders when operating a motorcycle;

  • Get a license: State law requires a motorcycle license to operate on public roadways. 
  • Wear safety equipment: State law requires that all riders wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) helmet.  Make sure that your helmet has a DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet.  Additionally, arms and legs should be covered by wearing leather or heavy denim.  Last, wear boots, gloves, and reflective clothing for added protection and visibility.
  • Know your bike: Motorcycles vary in handling. Ride in a controlled area until you become accustomed to the unique feel of your bike.
  • Ride responsibly: Understand and follow traffic laws, do not take unnecessary risks, signal before making lane changes, and do not ride when intoxicated. 

Ride Safe!

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

News:

  • On Thursday, November 8 Due to the Red Flag Warning and high winds in the region, the City of Escondido Fire Department contributed to a CALFIRE pre-positioned strike team of brush engine crews by providing the Strike Team Leader (Battalion Chief Jeff Sargis) and a brush engine from Station 3. (Captain Teague, Engineer Collins and Firefighter Paramedic C. Smith). The strike team was one of four requested by CAL FIRE and pre-positioned in San Diego County so that a large number of firefighters could rapidly be sent to any fire that might have started. Chief Sargis’ strike team was assigned for six days to the North County area, mostly staged in San Marcos and Escondido. Although they were dispatched to several reported fires, fortunately none of the fires grew into major incidents.

  

  • Last week, maintenance was performed on the Fire Department training tower and underground water storage system. When water is flowed at the tower for fire training, it is pumped from and drains back into an underground cistern. Maintenance and inspections of the underground storage area are needed to maintain expensive equipment and prolong the lifespan of the facility. The photos show Fire Department personnel performing a confined space entry into the cistern to pressure wash the inside area. Dirt and debris that had accumulated over several years was removed. City Storm Water Division personnel assisted using their Vactor truck to vacuum all the debris and water from the cistern. On duty Fire Department crews working alongside Storm Water Division personnel to clean out the cistern and perform maintenance saved the cost of hiring a vendor, provided an opportunity for confined space entry experience, and was a great example of inter-department collaboration to ensure that we are Clean, Safe, and Efficient!  

Mutual Aid:

  • The City of Escondido Fire Department assisted with management of the Camp Fire in Butte County by deploying two of our personnel as Public Information Officers. Engineer Brad Bihun left on November 8 and returned home safely on November 22. Engineer Dom Polito left on November 12 and returned home safely on November 21. Between November 8 and November 25 the Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres, destroyed over 14,500 buildings, mainly in the community of Paradise, and took the lives of at least 85 people. The Camp Fire is officially the most destructive and deadly wildfire in the history of the state. 
  • On Friday, November 11, the Fire Department deployed brush engine OES8632 (Captain Paulson, Engineer Schmeiser, Firefighters Frasca and Tlapala) as part of Strike Team 6848C to the Hill Fire in Ventura County. They returned home safely on November 16.

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. A second grading plan check was submitted by the applicant on April 16, and the grading permit is ready to be issued once Planning receives information from the applicant that assures adequate parking is provided. 
  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. Esgil and Planning have provided plan check comments. Fire has approved the plans.  A Specific Plan Amendment (SPA) will be required to move the temporary parking lot on this site to another location within ERTC.  The SPA application was submitted on November 13. 
  1. Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A proposed CUP to renovate the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts and religious services. The application was submitted on May 17.  The Historic Preservation Commission considered historic-related design issues on July 19, and provided direction to the applicant.  The applicant was granted expedited processing through the Business Enhancement Zone regulations at a City Council Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on August 9.  A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared to analyze the environmental impacts of the project.  The MND 20-day public review period ended on November 26.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for December 5. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24. Esgil and Fire have approved the plans.  Planning provided comments on the building plans on September 19.  The final map was approved by City Council on September 19, and has recorded. The grading permit has been approved and the final improvement plan Mylar’s have been signed.  The building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire.  Engineering and Planning approvals are still outstanding. 
  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.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17.  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.  A meeting with the applicant to review the various departmental comments occurred on October 29.  A revised submittal is expected soon. 

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. A project design kick-off meeting occurred on June 13. A Request for Qualifications to solicit a Design/Build firm was released the first week of September.  A site walk with potential bidders was conducted the last week of September.  Statements of Qualifications have been received; and the RFP is expected to be issued soon to a short-list of three selected consultants. 
  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, to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements. 

Institutional

  1. Escondido Assisted Living (Developer: Tigg Mitchell, Mitchell Group) 1802 N. Centre City Parkway – This CUP application for a 71,300 SF three-story, assisted living and memory care facility with 90 total units was submitted on October 31, 2017. The City Council authorized review of a General Plan Amendment request on March 21, which was necessary to review the request to allow a third floor for the building. The applicant has been actively engaged with Fire, Engineering and Planning staff and has provided several revisions intended to address identified issues with the most recent project revision received on June 25. Draft environmental documents were submitted to Planning the second week of August and comments on those documents were returned to the applicant on August 29. A revised draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was received on October 25.  Staff met with the applicant on November 8 to discuss the revised document.  Public review of the draft MND is expected to commence soon. 

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. 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.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  The revised Tentative Map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link 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. Planning staff met with the applicant on June 27 to discuss remaining issues. 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.  On October 31, the applicant indicated by email that revised plans would be submitted soon. 
  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. There have been three rounds of plan checks on the rough grading plans since the original submittal and a permit-ready letter for rough grading was issued on August 31 and revised on September 4. Landscape plans were submitted on June 5, and a second submittal was received on October 2. The applicant submitted the final map and other improvement plans on July 9. Additional comments on the improvement plans, utility location plans, storm drain plans and all technical studies were provided by Engineering on September 11.  Country Club Lane street improvement plans were submitted for first plan check on October 9, and Engineering comments were provided on November 21.
    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. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1. A first round of final engineering plans was submitted on May 24. Comments were returned to the applicant on July 5.  Staff met with Taylor Morrison Homes the week of November 5 to discuss the Precise Development Plan process. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo 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 on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10. Fire is awaiting confirmation that Maple Street will support the weight of their apparatus. A Traffic Impact Analysis has been provided and Planning is awaiting submittal of the rest of the environmental documentation for review. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, to discuss remaining project issues. A purchase and sale agreement for the project site (Parking Lot 1) was approved by the City Council on September 19.  Concerns regarding parking have been expressed; and the applicant has brought a parking consultant on board to review the issue. 
  1. The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10. An environmental initial study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) were submitted for review on June 11. Comments on the MND were sent to the applicant and consultant on July 30, and revised documents are expected soon.  Planning met with the applicant and consultant to discuss the comments on August 9. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12,, to discuss remaining project issues. 
  1. 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. Several follow-up meetings with staff were held to discuss issues regarding the project design and revised plans were submitted in early April, and most recently on August 10. Outstanding issues include guest parking, drainage, additional fire hydrant and an ambulance turnaround. A meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues took place on October 11, and revised plans are expected this week. 
  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. Four meetings with the applicant team and multiple city departments have occurred since the project submittal to discuss project design issues, with the most recent meeting occurring on July 12. Utilities conducted a fire flow test at the site on June 26. A constraints map to identify fire access routes and locations of existing utilities has been approved by staff and the applicant utilized that map to submit a revised project on November 21.
  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. 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. 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 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1 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. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link: Daley 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 vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15. Comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss the comments occurred on July 31. Engineering has indicated that a specific alignment plan will be required to address the street radius on Nutmeg along the project frontage. Fire has identified some access issues that need to be addressed as well.  Based on a preliminary environmental study of the project, it has been determined that an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared to support the project.  A Notice of Preparation was sent out on August 29, and closed on October 1.  A Scoping Meeting occurred on September 6.  The applicant submitted revised plans and studies on October 16.  Engineering, Utilities and Fire provided comments on the revised plans on November 13. A follow-up meeting with the applicant occurred on November 28. 
  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 new builder (KB Homes) filed a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture and reduce the size of the homes. The Zoning Administrator approved the revised architecture on October 25.  Grading, drainage and storm water management plans were submitted for first plan check on July 25. Fire and Engineering issued comments on the rough grading plan on September 4.  Second plan check submittals for rough grading, off-site improvements and final map were received on October 23.  The model homes were submitted into plan check the last week of October.  The project biologist and landscape architect are coordinating completion of the biological mitigation requirements with staff prior to issuance of a grading permit.  Utilities and Rincon MWD staff have scheduled a meeting with the applicant to discuss water service. 
  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. Staff review comments were provided to the applicant who then submitted revised plans. A water main extension north from Third Avenue will be required to serve the project.  Additional Planning and Engineering comments were sent to the applicant on September 27.  Planning provided additional comments on an emailed version of a revised site plan on November 26. 
  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. The project is seeking a reduction in parking and open space standards. Initial multi-department comments were sent to the applicant on September 26.  The applicant met with Fire, Engineering, Planning and Utilities staff on October 16 to discuss the staff comments.  An alternative site plan showing garage access from Quince Street was submitted by the applicant on October 31.  Staff supports the alternative access plan and is working with the applicant to incorporate it into the project design. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on seven applications for accessory dwelling units. 22 accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Three accessory dwelling units were approved last year.

Building Division: 

  1. On this short three-day holiday week, the Building Division issued 66 permits (including 21 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $70,459. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 146 inspection requests and 104 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 is preparing the building for final inspection. Building inspected the gas lines on September 13.  Cabinetry installation is ongoing. Permits have been issued for roof mounted solar. 
  1. No change from the previous: The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Parkway so far has received final inspection approval and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for all buildings except for Buildings B and H. 
  1. The Emmanuel Faith Church education building at 639 E 17th Ave has requested final building inspection and certificate of occupancy and they are working on the inspection corrections. 
  1. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been requested at the Veterans Village project at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd. 
  1. Centre City Shopping Center (Centre City Parkway/Mission Avenue) – A final building inspection and Certificate of Occupancy has been approved for the new carwash business. Interior tenant improvement permits were issued and gas test and drywall has been inspected for the new Yoshinoya restaurant in the center building. Habit Burger has received a final building inspection and they are working on the corrections. Stanton Optical has received final building inspection approval. 
  1. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy is nearing completion of Building 1, cabinets and finish are being set at Buildings 2 and 3, drywall has been approved at Buildings 3 and 4 and 5. A Certificate of Occupancy for the first building is expected within 1 week. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway has completed the slab, roof sheathing and exterior lath. 
  1. The 212,000 SF industrial shell building at 2005 Harmony Grove has received an extension of their 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to expire on December 29, 2018. 
  1. The Citron multifamily project at 2516 S Escondido Blvd has foundation inspection approval for Buildings 6, 7 and 8, roof sheathing for Buildings 9 and 10, rough framing for Building 4, exterior framing for Building 5 and floor sheathing inspection for Building 6. 
  1. No change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza received partial drywall and framing inspection approvals. 
  1. No change from the previous. The four-story, 102,774 square foot self-storage building at 222 W. Mission Ave. has received inspection approval for 2nd floor mechanical, partial drywall and roof deck framing and partial framing. 
  1. The new five-story self-storage building at 852 Metcalf St. has received slab inspection approval and underground plumbing. 
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received foundation inspection for all pier footings for Building A and foundation and slab inspection for Building B and the clubhouse building and grade beams for Building C. 
  1. No change from the previous. Foundation and underground plumbing have been approved for all three buildings at the new 9-unit apartments on 917 W. Lincoln Ave. 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 344 – The contractor is continuing the tree planting and staking of the trees along the Valley Center Road portion this week. The traffic signal contractor has returned this week to complete the signal cabinet relocation for Lake Wohlford Road on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the contractor will be replacing the signal pole at the North East corner of Lake Wohlford / Valley Center Road. Both activities require a signal outage between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop signs and electronic notification boards will be in place to aid with vehicle travel. The metal guard rail system along Valley Center Road at the new bridge abutment will be installed this week.   
  2. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge ProjectNo changes from that reported last week: Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project is moving forward with 100% design. City is seeking final Permit from the Army Corps.  Negotiations of drainage/wall easements and TCEs with property owners are still underway. Negotiation with NCTD for a MOU is ongoing. 
  1. Missing Link Project - A flurry of activity has been occurring in the month of November. The pedestrian bridge element was installed on November 20, with the aid of a 3-hour crane operation. The concrete bridge deck and surrounding public improvements were installed on Tuesday of this week. The final traffic signal foundations for the Woodward and Broadway intersection are being installed this week with the signal pole delivery date being December 6th. The asphalt bike path along Centre City Parkway and the flood control channel to Quince Street was completed on November 20. The fencing, traffic striping, and asphalt berm elements are being installed on Wednesday of this week. 
  1. Public Service Agreement Maintenance Yard Groundwater Monitoring Well Destruction:   The City has solicited bids for the destruction of 14 groundwater monitoring wells located within the Public Works Maintenance Yard. The contractor began the demolition on Monday, November 26, with completion of the project on Thursday, November 29.  
  1. HSIP Traffics Signal Project The low bid was received from DBX Construction in the amount of $687,276.00. The project will provide new traffic signals at Valley Parkway / Date Street and El Norte Parkway / Fig Street intersections. The project is funded Highway Safety Improvements Projects. The contractor has begun to submit material for review.        

Private Development 

  1. Centre City Shopping Center - Construction of the offsite public improvements along Mission Avenue from Centre City Parkway have been substantially completed last week. This allowed for the opening of the new third lane of vehicle travel between Washington Avenue to the South and HWY 78 onramp to the North. Merchants opened for business on Monday of this week. The project is located at 425 West Mission Avenue. 
  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community No changes from that reported last week: Engineering will be finagling additional houses this week. Of the 179 home lots developed since the start of construction on February 11, 2016, only 30 remain unoccupied. 
  1. Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway - Reconstruction of the Centre City Parkway improvements was completed this past week. Final striping alignment has been completed which will allow opening a third North bound travel lane along with a bike lane between Washington Avenue and Mission Avenue. 
  1. Exeter Industrial ParkNo changes from that reported last week: The remaining roadway improvements along Harmony Grove Road were completed on Saturday, October 20. Final striping and traffic signal loop installation is set for Thursday of this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road. 
  1. Tract 934 –5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The grading operation is continuing this week. 
  1. Gateway Project - The contractor has completed water line testing this week and will complete the tie in to the City system on Wednesday, November 28. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Church – The new traffic signal activation was completed on Wednesday November 21. The project began with the activation of the grading for the new building on February 8, 2017. The traffic signal construction began on March 8 of this year. With the completion of the traffic signal this will conclude the reporting of this project.   
  1. Lincoln Rock ApartmentsNo changes from that reported last week: The 3 building pads have been poured. The project is located at the Southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue.