October 11, 2018 

FEATURED THIS WEEK 

City Hall Landscape Improvements
Over the coming weeks City staff will work to improve the safety and beauty of the landscaping surrounding City Hall and the fountain. This year City Hall celebrated 30 years of operation and the current trees surrounding the fountain have reached their life expectancy and are now creating maintenance and tripping hazards around the building. The trees will be removed and replaced with attractive, drought tolerant trees and plants. The project will start on October 13 and take six to eight weeks to complete.

   

KAER Biotherapeutics in Escondido awarded $2 Million Grant
Escondido based KAER Biotherapeutics has received a two million dollar grant to produce a medical device that will aid with the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). There are currently no drugs approved for the treatment of ARDS. KAER is a preclinical respiratory drug delivery company addressing the needs of critically ill patients in clinics and hospitals who require effective aerosol therapy. Congratulations! 
Link Here

Tots and Trucks
This Saturday, October 13 the annual Tots ‘n Trucks event will be taking place at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater parking lot! In its 8th year, this free, family-friendly community event showcases a variety of community trucks. Children are allowed to climb in the trucks and interact with truck drivers. There is also entertainment and family interest booths. Tickets are sold for games, jumpy zone, raffle prizes and refreshments. More information:
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BY THE NUMBERS 

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Public Works

 

Fire:

 

Police:

Building Division:

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

  • On Tuesday, October 2, the City of Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteers held their monthly meeting with Battalion Chief Sargis. Glo Johnson, Melissa Claywell and Pat Benson were pinned by Sargis during the meeting.

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Incidents: 

Police-Community Partnership Helps Family in Need
On October 2, the Escondido Police Department COPPS Unit and their weekly outreach partners (San Diego County Probation Department, Interfaith Community Services, McAlister and San Diego Health and Human Services Agency) came across a family with four children, ages six, four, three and one.  The father told officers he was living in a one­ bedroom apartment in Riverside for several months until he was evicted.  The family was homeless, jobless and had nowhere to go.  The family left Riverside and came to Escondido with hopes of employment.  The outreach teams worked together to form a strategy. Interfaith was able to get the family temporary shelter, the probation department advised the father about a job opportunity in San Marcos and HHSA was able to get food vouchers and other life resources for the family.  The family was very thankful for all of the assistance.  

Off-duty Patrol Technician Finds Stolen Vehicle
The Escondido Police Department employs a team of Patrol Technicians that work part-time to assist police officers in the field on a variety of tasks, including taking police reports.  Their work is invaluable to our department and ensures that police officers remain available for emergency calls for service.  On October 4, Patrol Technician Hoppal took a stolen vehicle report on a red Honda Del Sol.  The following day, Patrol Tech. Hoppal was off-duty when he spotted the stolen Honda Del Sol being driven by an unknown adult male.  Patrol Tech. Hoppal maintained observation of the vehicle and called for police officers to respond.  Officers arrived, stopped the stolen vehicle in the area of Rockwood Rd. and Cloverdale Rd. and arrested the driver, who was identified as Irvyn Ramirez (a 24-year-old resident of Las Vegas, NV.). Ramirez was found to be in-possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, and burglary tools that would have allowed him to steal additional vehicles.  Ramirez was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple felony charges related to this incident.

Trio of Juvenile Thieves Arrested
On the afternoon of October 4, three juvenile females entered the Rite-Aid at 1825 S. Centre City Parkway and stole merchandise from the store.  An employee of Rite-Aid attempted to stop the juveniles as they left the store.  The three juveniles responded by attacking the store clerk, knocking her to the ground and spitting on her.  Fortunately, the store clerk was not seriously injured.  Officers arrived quickly and found the trio as they were fleeing the area.  All three juveniles were arrested and the stolen property was recovered.  

Felon with a Replica Handgun Arrested
On October 3, officers were on routine patrol in the area of Grand Ave. and Fairdale Ave. when they located 19-year-old Hernan Hernandez (resident of Escondido) who was wanted on a felony narcotics warrant, and he ran from officers.  During the ensuing foot pursuit, officers saw Hernandez drop what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun.  Officers lost sight of Hernandez, but later found him hiding in a residential driveway in the 1700 block of Fairdale Ave. Hernandez was arrested on his outstanding felony warrant. The handgun was later determined to be a plastic replica, modified to look like a real gun. 

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.   

  • 9 arrests
  • 8 citations
  • 1 CPTED 

Events:

  • Congratulations to Detective Jeff Udvarhelyi who was recognized as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys Association.  Detective Udvarhelyi was recognized for his years of dedication to investigating crimes against children. This year alone, Detective Udvarhelyi’s investigations have resulted in 11 convictions on those who victimized children.  When combined, those 11 convictions have totaled sentences of 350 years to life in prison. 

  • Thank you to the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club for donating 60 car seats to the police department.  Working in partnership with Escondido Education COMPACT, the car seats will be distributed to those in our community who lack the financial resources to purchase a car seat.  Residents seeking additional information about this program, or seeking free advice on how to properly install a car seat, can call Escondido Education COMPACT at 760-839-4515.

TIP OF THE WEEK: 

With the incredible car seat donation from Hidden Valley Kiwanis club in mind, the Escondido Police Department would like to remind residents of the importance of properly restraining children in vehicles. 

  • As of 2012, California law requires that children be properly secured in the back seat in a proper child restraint system until they are at least eight years old. Additionally, all children under age 16 must be properly secured in either a proper child restraint system or seat belt. On a first offense, a child passenger violation will cost a minimum of $475 with penalty assessments.  A second or subsequent offense carries a minimum cost of $1,055.  If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.
  • Additional car seat tips can be found by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats

 

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. A second grading plan check was submitted by the applicant on April 16, 2018, and the grading permit is ready to be issued once bonds are posted and fees paid. The Building Division provided the applicant a fee calculation for the development impact fees on July 11, 2018. Planning is awaiting information from the applicant that assures adequate parking is provided. 
  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. A café, offices and classroom studios are also included. The application was submitted on May 17, 2018. The applicant submitted revised plans on July 3, 2018. The Historic Preservation Commission considered historic-related design issues on July 19, 2018, and provided direction to the applicant. Planning provided comments from all departments to the applicant on July 31, 2018. The applicant requested expedited processing through the Business Enhancement Zone regulations at a City Council Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on August 9, 2018. That request was granted and the application will now proceed directly to the City Council following CEQA clearance and resolution of the remaining issues.  First draft environmental documents were submitted to Planning on September 13, 2018.  Staff comments on the environmental documents were sent to the applicant the following week and a resubmittal is expected soon. 

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 should record soon. The grading permit has been approved and the final improvement plan mylars are in for signature. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dent 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 has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  

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. A project design kick-off meeting occurred on June 13, 2018. 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 are due October 18, 2018. 
  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 is being compiled by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies. The biological consultant and staff met on October 4, 2018, to discuss potential options. 

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, 2018, 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, 2018. 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, 2018. The applicant and Planning staff discussed the comments on September 12, 2018.  

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

    It is expected the responses to comments will generate related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer is currently working to incorporate those revisions into the proposed tentative map.  The project engineer met with Utilities, Engineering and Planning on August 15, 2018 to discuss some of the proposed revisions.  Revisions to the tentative map are expected to be submitted next week. 
  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, 2018 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. 
  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. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. The City has agreed to review construction plans for the project while the lawsuit is pending. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. 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, 2018 and revised on September 4, 2018. Landscape plans were submitted on June 5, 2018, and a second submittal was received on October 2, 2018. The applicant submitted the final map and other improvement plans on July 9, 2018. Additional comments on the improvement plans, utility location plans, storm drain plans and all technical studies were provided by Engineering on September 11, 2018.  Country Club Lane street improvement plans were submitted for first plan check on October 9, 2018.

    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. A first round of final engineering plans was submitted on May 24, 2018. Comments were returned to the applicant on July 5, 2018.  The developer has indicated that a homebuilder will be taking over the project and new engineering plans and a Precise Development Plan will be provided. 
  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, 2018. 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, 2018, 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, 2018.  Concerns regarding parking have been expressed; and the applicant is in the process of bringing 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, 2018. An environmental initial study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) were submitted for review on June 11, 2018. Comments on the MND were sent to the applicant and consultant on July 30, 2018.  Planning met with the applicant and consultant to discuss the comments on August 9, 2018. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, 2018, 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 
  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, 2018. Utilities conducted a fire flow test at the site on June 26, 2018. A constraints map to identify fire access routes, location of existing utilities and potential building area has been approved by staff and will allow the applicant to commence with redesign efforts.
  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 meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.     

    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, 2018. Comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss the comments occurred on July 31, 2018. 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, 2018, and closed on October 1, 2018.  A Scoping Meeting occurred on September 6, 2018. 
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – This planned residential development project was originally approved by the City Council in March of 2015, and a three-year extension of time was recently granted. The original developer, New Urban West, has secured permits from CDFW, ACOE and RWQCB. Grading, drainage and storm water management plans were submitted for first plan check on July 25, 2018. The new builder (KB Homes) has filed a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture and reduce the size of the homes. The Zoning Administrator will hold a hearing to consider that Precise Development Plan on October 25, 2018. A second staff-level design review has been completed on the revised home designs and revised architectural plans were submitted on October 10, 2018.  Fire and Engineering issued comments on the rough grading plan on September 4, 2018. Engineering and Utilities met with the applicant in mid-September to discuss sewer and grading issues. 
  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. 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, 2018. 
  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 has requested a meeting to discuss staff comments. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on eight applications for accessory dwelling units. 19 accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Three accessory dwelling units were approved last year.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 79 permits (including 40 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $317,366. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 213 inspection requests and 157 customers visited the Building counter during the week. 
  1. 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, 2018.  Cabinetry installation is ongoing. No Change from the previous. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy so far has received final inspection approval for all buildings except for Buildings B and H. No Change from the previous. 
  1. The Emmanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave is preparing for final inspection. A 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued. No Change from the previous. 
  1. No Change from the previous. Electrical panels have been inspected and released at the Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd. 
  1. No Change from the previous. Centre City Shopping Center (Centre City Parkway/Mission Avenue) - Drywall installation has been inspected and approved for the new carwash business in the southernmost building. Interior tenant improvement permits were issued and underground plumbing has been inspected for the new Yoshinoya restaurant in the center building.  Interior tenant improvement permits were issued for the new Habit Burger and Stanton Optical in the northern building.  Habit Burger has received drywall approval for the ceiling.  Stanton Optical has partial drywall approval. 
  1. The Latitude II apartment project at 650 Centre City Pkwy is currently going through inspections on all buildings for rough framing, drywall and exterior lath. The buildings are in various stages of receiving exterior stucco. Cabinets are being set at Buildings 1 and 2. A Certificate of Occupancy for the first building is expected in November. 
  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. No Change from the previous. The 212,000 SF industrial shell building at 2005 Harmony Grove has received final inspection approval from Building. Engineering approval is pending for issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. 
  1. The new 63-unit condominium project, Citron, at 2516 S Escondido Blvd has received floor sheathing approval for Buildings 4, 5 and 10 and, roof sheathing for Buildings 9 and 10, rough framing for Buildings 2 and 3 and final Fire approval for Building 1. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza received approval for first floor ceiling drywall. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The 4 story, 102,774 sf storage building at 222 W Mission Ave has received drywall inspection approval for the elevator shafts and first floor framing approval. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has received slab inspection approval. 
  1. No Change from the previous. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received underground plumbing inspection and partial foundation inspection.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

Capital Improvements 

  1. Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 313 - The landscape contractor is continuing with the installation of the last of the sprinkler systems along Valley Center Road near the Lake Wohlford Road intersection. The contractor is required to soak all landscape areas prior to applying a weed abatement product.  The soil will then receive the soil amendments specified in the soils analysis report. At this point, new soil samples will be taken to determine if the landscape area meets the specifications which allows planting to begin. The entire process will happen over the next 30 days.  Valley Center Road and Valley Parkway received the final pavement cap over a three-day period this past week. During the paving operation, 3,136 tons of new asphalt was placed. This Thursday will have major activity along the project. During a night operation, the final paving will be completed on Lake Wohlford Road between Foxley Drive including the intersection of Valley Parkway and Valley Center Road. The signal contractor will be replacing the signal pole on the South West corner of Beven Drive and the Valley Parkway intersection between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The signal will be placed on red flash condition with stop signs during this period.  The same contractor is also scheduled to replace 4 ornamental street lights along Valley Parkway between Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road. The guard rail contractor will be on site to complete installation of a 100’ section along Valley Center Road, northbound at the new bridge abutment. The final item of work for Thursday will be the application of all new roadway striping and installation of new traffic signage between Eureka Springs and the Valley Parkway intersection to a point 2400 feet north of Lake Wohlford Road during a night operation. 
  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project - No changes from that reported last week: Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project is moving forward with 100% design.  Resource agency permits from the Regional Water Board and Fish & Wildlife have been obtained and the City is now pursuing a final Permit from the Army Corps.  Negotiations of drainage/wall easements and TCEs with property owners are underway. 
  1. Missing Link Project - The traffic signal contractor has completed installation of required equipment along Valley Parkway between Broadway and Centre City Parkway.  The concrete surface restoration began on Monday along the project limits. This work will be completed by Friday of this week.  The new striping improvements are to be completed within the next two weeks. This will allow for the activation of the new bike path between the Broadway and Pennsylvania intersection and the Centre City Parkway and Valley Parkway intersection. The pedestrian bridge abutment is schedule to begin this next 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 apparent low bid was $33,680.00 for the project. The bid documents are under review by the attorney’s office.

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT   

  1. Centre City Shopping Center - Construction of the offsite median island at the North East corner of Centre City Parkway and Mission Avenue has been completed. The existing island is being reduced in size to accommodate the 3rd North bound travel lane along Centre City Parkway. The frontage improvement along Mission Avenue has been delayed due to a possible signal pole that may need to be relocated. Sidewalks must be reestablished along southbound Mission Avenue prior to removing the remaining pedestrian access along the project frontage. A site meeting was held on Tuesday of this week to discuss available options. The project is located at 425 W. Mission Avenue. 
  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community - No changes from that reported last week. Paving will begin for Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Road this week. 
  1. Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway - Reconstruction of the Centre City Parkway at Washington Avenue intersection improvements will resume this week with the construction of the new roadway improvements along Centre City Parkway. The work includes construction of 22 feet of new roadway. When completed, the project will have created three North bound travel lanes, a bike lane and access/egress driveway to the new community along the Centre City frontage. The curb and gutter formed along Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue is being scheduled for completion.  
  1. Exeter Industrial Park - A site meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss options available to the developer to complete the remaining offsite improvements necessary for release of occupancy for the business park.   The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 
  1. Citron Project - No change from that reported last week. Offsite public improvements along Cranston Avenue started with the installation of the concrete curb and gutter.  This is a 65-unit condo project located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard. 
  1. Gateway Project - The contractor has completed the construction of offsite utility trenches along Grand Avenue. The contractor is working on water lines along Valley Parkway. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Church - The installation of the new traffic signal poles at Encino Drive and Felicita at 17th Avenue was completed on Saturday September 8th. The electrical meter for servicing the new traffic signal is set to be installed on Wednesday of this week. Striping, roadway signage and telephone communication are remaining items of work prior to signal activation. 
  1. Lincoln Rock Apartments - No changes from that reported last week: The construction of the retaining wall along the freeway frontage has been completed. The wall is a design element for the construction of the bio retention basin. Testing of the new water line has started this week. The project is located at the Southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue.  
  1. KB Homes - The construction of the new street light foundation at the intersection of Vista Avenue at Bienvenido was completed. The new pole installation has been delayed.  The developer is continuing with the development of all remaining houses within the project.