FEATURED THIS WEEK
Downtown is Holiday Ready!
With direction from City Council, City staff coordinated some extra holiday cheer in our downtown. Festive lights have been placed on the medians to help spread the holiday spirit!
Ray Love Tennis Center Repairs
Last week, City staff met with a representative from Ferandell Tennis Courts, Inc. to inspect all ten courts at Kit Carson Park and note areas of needed improvement. We will keep you posted on the next steps to keep our courts looking great.
Grape Day Park Tree Trimming Event
On December 1-3, the Public Works Department is partnering with the United Tree Climbers Association to perform some required tree trimming and maintenance on overgrown trees in the park. This event will include a class training and certification component for staff and Tree Climbers Association members. We will share photos and video of this great collaboration in next week’s report.
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 grading and improvement plans for the commercial buildings have been approved and rough grading is underway. Comments on the carwash building plans were sent by Planning on October 2, 2017, and revised plans have now been resubmitted back to Esgil. The precise grading plan for the carwash lot was submitted two weeks ago; and the landscape plan was submitted on November 13, 2017. CC&R’s have recently been resubmitted back to Planning and Engineering.
- 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 has provided the bond and fee letter in advance of issuing a grading permit. The applicant has resolved the previous fire flow issues. It is anticipated the City Council will consider approving the final map on December 20, 2017.
- 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 Planning Commission approved the revised project on November 28, 2017. Grading plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 11, 2017, and comments on the second plan check were sent out on November 28, 2017. Building plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 23, 2017.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – 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. It is anticipated the Final EIR will be scheduled for certification by the City Council on December 20, 2017.
- 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. Staff comments have recently been returned to the applicant with storm water shaping up as the final remaining issue.
- 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. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for January 9, 2018.
- 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. Revisions could be necessary to address fire vehicle access concerns and Engineering issues related to the existing retaining wall and a proposed extension of that wall.
- 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. The applicant submitted the latest versions of the grading and improvement plans on November 9, 2017, and Engineering sent out a bond and fee letter last week. Engineering and Building staff are working with the applicant to get construction of the model units underway. It is anticipated the City Council will consider approving the final map on December 20, 2017.
- 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. Staff is currently drafting conditions of approval for initial review next week.
- 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 was noticed for a 52-day public review period that started on October 16 and was scheduled to end on December 7, 2017. Additional agencies have since been notified and that review period has been extended to January 2, 2018. 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 in process. Demolition is complete and permits are ready to be issued once title to the site transfers to the builder in mid-December. The final map is scheduled for City Council approval on December 20, 2017.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 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 voted 3-2 to approve the project on 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.
- 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 Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project on November 28, 2017.
- 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. Demolition of the vacant surgery center building on The Ivy site is scheduled to occur within two weeks.
- 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.
- Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units with an additional three applications expected to be submitted soon.
- A total of nine solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 906 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 1,197 issued during the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 142 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 207 single-family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 64 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 requesting final inspection for specified units.
- 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 preparing for final inspection of the shell building with tenant improvement to follow.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy is preparing for final inspection of the shell building with tenant improvement to follow.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy has received framing inspection for four of the buildings.
- 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 is progressing through the framing phase of the building.
- The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections for the residential buildings.
- The new supermarket shell building at 999 N. Broadway has completed the exterior masonry walls, parapets and roof ledgers.
- 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 Buildings 3 and 4. Building 5 has received underground plumbing approval.
- The new, two-story church sanctuary building at 1864 North Broadway has completed the foundation.
- The new Starbucks at 302 W. El Norte Parkway has received foundation inspection approval.
Public Works Operations
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
The bridge subcontractor is continuing with the coring for the two pier foundations prior to the installation of the steel reinforcement. The dry utility contractor has completed the night time construction for AT&T’s portion of the undergrounding conduit installation. Work along the west side of East Valley Parkway is continuing this week with grading for the retention basins and excavating for the 8’ sound walls to be constructed along the dog park frontage.
Neighborhood Lighting Project
The contractor is working in three neighborhoods this week potholing utilities, installing conduits and constructing foundations for new street lights. 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 paving restoration this past week included resurfacing Lincoln Avenue between Ash Street to the west and El Norte parkway to the east. A total of 4,943 tons of asphalt was placed over the three-day Thanksgiving school break. Work on paving restoration will be concentrated on Broadway north of El Norte Parkway and Andreasen Drive on Saturday. All work is being done during off peak hours to minimize the impact to the adjacent neighborhoods. The ARAM portion of the project is set to begin on Monday, December 4. This work should be completed within two weeks.
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 99% of the CMP storm drains have been televised.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
The project completed the offsite paving activities this past week along Ash Street and Stanley Ave. Final paving restoration of all interior streets is scheduled for December 11.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The contractor is tying in the last section of onsite water main this week. The contractor is placing concrete for onsite sidewalk and driveway entrances.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The project is idled again this week. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
No changes from that reported last week. Testing and videoing of the sewer system is ongoing. On site water lines are being tested and the final connection will be made this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
On site pavement was placed this past week in anticipation of the delivery of timber material.
Storm Drain improvements have started along Escondido Boulevard this week.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is continuing this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
Escondido Innovation Center
The contractor has begun to import material to the site. The project requires the importing of 17,700 cubic yards of material. The project is located 1925 Harmony Grove Road.
The offsite construction of public improvement began this week with the placement of new concrete improvements along Escondido Boulevard and 3rd Avenue. The project is located at 328 S Escondido Boulevard.
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.
- StachetoberFest 2017 was a huge success! We had over 700 attendees. 475 pints of Ashey Stache and 1,401 Pints of other Stone beers were purchased. Combined with shirt sales, donation, and raffle tickets we raised $28,182 total, a new record! We sent Dan Geary and his girlfriend, Chelsea, on a European vacation (Spain, France, Italy, Italy, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Ireland) with cash to spend and gave Baby Sloane and the Skelton family $10,000. Thank you all for your generosity, none of this would have been possible without you. The site has been reopened to purchase remaining shirts/glasses: http://stachetoberfest.net/shop .
Photos are available at http://stachetoberfest.net/stachetoberfest-2017
- On November 15, Escondido Fire Prevention, The American Red Cross, Rincon Water and The Burn Institute organized a Smoke Installation Project at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park. A total of 16 residents were served, 37 smoke alarms were installed, 7 carbon monoxide alarms and 1 battery replacement.
Escondido Fire Prevention Specialist, Sandra Bauer and The American Red Cross Regional Preparedness Manager, Allison Dedonato, unload over 500 smoke alarms donated from The American Red Cross to The Escondido Fire Department
- On November 15, 2017 at 10:05 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in a small restaurant. The restaurant, Paulita's Mexican Food, was located at 636 N Broadway. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes. The restaurant sustained moderate damage to the kitchen with minor to moderate smoke damage throughout the business.
- On November 22, 2017 at 5:20 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in the former Country Club Clubhouse, located at 1800 Country Club Lane. The first arriving unit reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of the single story abandoned building. Based on the conditions, a second alarm was requested and dispatched. Because of the heavy fire conditions, the danger from the roof collapsing and the building being abandoned, the fire was fought defensively from the outside. Escondido Fire Department was assisted by neighboring Fire Departments including San Marcos, Vista, Valley Center and Carlsbad. In all, 10 fire engines, 3 trucks, 2 rescue ambulances and 3 Battalion Chiefs responded to the fire. The Escondido Police Department established and staffed several road closures that were necessary to protect fire hose and water supply lines. In addition, Escondido Public Works and Fleet Services assisted with the overhaul of the building by providing heavy equipment and logistical support. Support vehicles and personnel were also deployed to mitigate the water run-off from the fire scene. The “Country Club Fire” was contained and extinguished in approximately 12 hours and there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- On November 22, 2017 at 8:05 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in an apartment located at 1060 E Washington Ave. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location. The first arriving engine reported a large amount of smoke coming from a second floor unit of a two-story building. Due to the potential for the fire to spread and the threat to life and property, a 2nd alarm response was requested and dispatched. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes.
- On November 25, 2017 at approximately 3:40 am, the Escondido Police and Fire Communications center received a report of a vehicle fire in the alley between 6th and 7th street. Escondido Police officers arrived on scene immediately after the 911 call and reported that fire had extended throughout the carport. Escondido Police officers started evacuations of the eight-unit complex. Escondido fire units arrived on scene to find a fully involved carport with extension into two apartments at 330 W 7th avenue. Due to the heavy volume of fire a second alarm was requested. In all 7 engines, 2 trucks, 2 ambulances, 2 Battalion Chiefs and a fire investigator responded to the fire. Because of aggressive action by firefighters the fire was contained and controlled in approximately 40 minutes.
- On 11/19/2017 at 15:15 hours, a person was robbed at gun point of his $700 digital camera. The suspects fled in a blue Honda Civic that a witness was able to take a cell phone picture of. Sgt. Heath found the suspect vehicle in the area of Wanek Avenue and Sandalwood. Officers located the suspects and conducted a search of an apartment and located the stolen camera and a loaded 9 mm handgun. The suspects were arrested for robbery.
- On 11/21/17 at 23:42 hours, several officers responded to Vista to assist deputies involved in a vehicle pursuit where the suspects began shooting at deputies.
- On 11/22/2017 Officer Bellamy located a stolen vehicle and the driver stopped the in the area of 13th Ave. and Broadway St. and fled on foot. The San Diego County Sherriff’s Department helicopter, ASTREA, and a San Diego County Sherriff’s Department K-9 deputy from Valley Center responded to the scene. The suspect was located hiding inside a garage in 1300 block of Broadway St. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to PMC via EFD medics. The suspect had a parole warrant issued for his arrest and was charged with the additional crimes of possession of a loaded handgun, possession of a stolen vehicle and a felon in possession of a firearm.
- On 11/23/2017 at 04:58 hours, officers responded to the 500 block of Aster St. in reference to a report of a robbery. Officers were on scene within a few minutes and located the suspects in the 1600 block of Washington Ave. The officers retraced the suspects’ steps and recovered the knives used during the robbery as well as the stolen property. One of the suspects was identified during a curbside line-up and the other was identified by a witness. Both suspects were booked into Juvenile Hall for robbery, burglary and resisting a police officer.
- On 11/24/2017 at 18:47 hours, officers responded to a call of a stabbing in the 2700 block of E. Valley Pkwy. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of police officers and was later arrested. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 11/25/17 at 12:47 hours, dispatch received a call for assistance from a City Ranger. The ranger had contacted a female for smoking in Grape Day Park. While the ranger was issuing the suspect a citation she began yelling and cursing at the ranger, and eventually starting walking away. The ranger, from a safe distance, followed the suspect to Maple St. Plaza in order to complete the citation procedure. At one point during the contact, the female turned towards the ranger and struck him with her purse. Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspect without incident. The ranger was not injured and the suspect was arrested for the battery.
- On 11/25/2017 at 22:45 hours, the California Highway Patrol requested assistance with a vehicle pursuit entering the city from eastbound Highway 78. Officers took over the pursuit on E. Lincoln Ave. and followed the suspect to a home in the 2600 block of Daniel Glen. The driver was placed under arrest for felony evading and possession of a controlled substance.