FEATURED THIS WEEK
Our Community Gives Back!
Emmanuel Faith Community Church held a “Serve Day” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 focusing on City beautification at Kit Carson Park and the Neighborhood Transformation Project area III (NTP III) which includes the area between W. 5th Ave. to W. 9th Ave. and from S. Pine St. to S. Tulip St. 162 volunteers participated alongside City staff from the Escondido Police Department and Public Works.
Emanuel Faith’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlCFOHTusG4
For more information about the NTP clean-up, see the Police Event section of this week’s report.
Escondido Sends Units to California Wildfires
Escondido Fire Department Captain Head, Engineer Good and Firefighter Paramedics Smith and McCauley (OES 8632) were deployed to the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim Hills. As of midday Wednesday, the blaze had charred 8,000 acres and was 45 percent contained. Authorities said a total of 15 structures, many of them homes, were destroyed in the blaze. Nearly a dozen more homes were damaged in the ferocious blaze. The cause of the Canyon 2 Fire was unknown.
Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dominic Polito was deployed to the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County as a Public Information Officer. The Tubbs Fire has burned over 28,000 acres of the Santa Rosa area and is responsible for 11 deaths in Sonoma County, making it the sixth-deadliest fire in California history.
WOW Jam Escondido
Saturday, October 14 | Grape Day Park
Grand Avenue Festival
Sunday, October 15 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido
Formally known as the Escondido Street Faire… The Grand Ave Festival is bigger and better than ever! Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Grand Ave Festival the 2nd largest street fair in California and a family tradition since 1989. http://escondidochamber.org/
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 grading and landscape plans and a storm water management plan three weeks ago. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel map started on July 25, 2017. Review is concluding and plans are close to approval, but minor comments remain so coordination with Engineering is underway to try to avoid the need for a third plan check. Comments on the carwash building plans were sent by Planning on October 2, 2017. The precise grading plan for the carwash lot was submitted last week.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Revised grading, landscape, and street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017. Engineering and Planning comments on those plans were returned to the applicant on August 11, 2017. The applicant resubmitted revised grading, landscape, and street improvement plans on September 15, 2017. Another revised grading plan was submitted last week.
- 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. Plans were distributed to all departments the following day for initial review and comments. Initial comments were returned to the applicant on September 29, 2017, with the remaining department comments sent on October 5, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing is anticipated on November 28, 2017. Grading plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 11, 2017.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – This project has participated in the expedited plan check program. The demo has been completed. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit was issued two weeks ago. The applicant has not started construction and is now proposing changes to the plans that would remove the basement level and potentially increase the building height.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that a contract for engineering design will be considered soon.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Staff is now coordinating with the consultant to final the EIR and start the decision-making process.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff has been issuing comments on the various documents. 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 is expected soon.
- Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Developer: Pete Bussett, Bussett Architecture) 2324 Miller Avenue – This CUP to expand an existing 3,300 square foot religious facility by adding approximately 3,100 square feet of multi-purpose building and foyer was originally submitted in November of 2015. The applicant has been revising the project to respond to staff comments and meet the needs of the congregation. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is now in a public review period that extends from September 29, 2017 to October 18, 2017.
- Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017. The applicant has submitted revised grading plans and discussions are on-going regarding potential storm water solutions.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. –City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration, most likely in January of 2018.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. The applicant filed revised emergency access plans on September 15, 2017. These plans are currently being reviewed by Fire, Engineering and Planning. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017. The Draft EIR has a 52-day public review period that starts on October 16 and ends on December 7, 2017. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the Safari Highlands website link.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant recently regarding unresolved project design issues.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue is pending. Demolition is complete and permits are nearly ready to be issued.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 392 residences – Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR ended on August 18, 2017. The Final EIR including responses to the comments that were received has been completed. The Final EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. It is anticipated that the Planning Commission will review and consider the Project application on October 24th to make a recommendation to City Council. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect) 20 condo units at 113 N. Ivy - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The applicant has reviewed drainage issues with the Engineering Division and a revised tentative map has been submitted.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) and The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of three separate downtown project sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going.
- Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017.
- A total of 22 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 738 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 985 issued during the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 248 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 185 single-family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 56 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building)
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. continues with a request for temporary meter releases in preparation for building completion the first part of 2018.
- The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Escondido Disposal is requesting inspection for site walls and framing of the weigh station.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is now installing drywall and exterior lath.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received inspection approval for drywall and interior shell. Plans have been approved for the tenant improvement portion of the project. Exterior stucco is being applied.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is preparing for exterior shear wall and framing inspections.
- The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has received inspection approval for roof sheathing.
- The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings.
- The third and fourth lift of the exterior masonry walls are being erected at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building.
- The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition.
- Permits were issued last week for seven new single-family dwellings in the Canyon Grove development by Shea Homes.
- The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received foundation inspection approval for Buildings 1 and 2.
- Permits were issued for four new single-family homes (TR 877) on Bernardo Avenue. Underground utilities are being inspected there also.
- Permits were issued on October 10, 2017 for Storquest – a four-story self-storage facility located at 222 W. Mission Ave.
- Permits were issued on October 9, 2017 for the new sanctuary building at the Escondido United Reformed Church located at 1864 N. Broadway.
Public Works Operations
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
The contractor has begun construction of the Valley Center Roadway segment north of Lake Wohlford Road. Work has started on the excavation of the existing bridge abutment in preparation of the bridge widening which will begin later this month. Staff is continuing to monitor the traffic impact in the corridor and are making adjustments to the traffic signal timing to accommodate the best travel time for the Valley Parkway portion of the roadway. A mobile electronic speed limit sign will be deployed later this week along Valley Center Road to reinforce the construction speed limit which is posted 25 MPH. Please be careful when traveling through the construction zone and please follow the posted speed limits.
Neighborhood Lighting Project
The Notice to Proceed date for the project is October 30, 2017. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street poles 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 preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017. Material submittals for the project are presently under review.
Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow proactive and efficient pipe maintenance. To date, approximately 45% of the CMP storm drains have been televised. Design for repair of the highest priority pipelines is underway.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week. Phase 7 homes are being released for occupancy this week
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
Construction of surface improvement along Ash Street is continuing this week in anticipation of the first occupancies expected in October. Day time closures of Ash Street between Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue have been extended until Friday, October 27, 2017. The work will be permitted between the 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. time period when school is in session. Electronic message boards have been placed prior to the closure and the developer and City will work closely with the Rincon Middle School representative.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
The project is idled this week. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Installation of additional concrete curb and gutter improvements along interior streets is being completed this week. Work on the installation and testing of water mains is ongoing this week. Four new homes were released for occupancy this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of offsite storm drain is continuing this week with work extending along Washington Avenue. On site testing of another segment of water main is being started this week.
No changes from that reported last week: The project’s water improvement is continuing this week, with work being performed onsite.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:
Work is being performed on interior elements of the grading plan. Foundation are being poured in preparation of the start of framing.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is continuing with the importing of material. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
New offsite public improvements, which include concrete curb and gutter are being constructed along the project boundaries. The project is located at 999 Broadway.
Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
The grading operation is continuing this week with the construction of the block wall along La Terraza Boulevard. Excavation of the footing for a new retaining wall along the rear of the property has begun.
Centre City Parkway Shopping Center
The project is idled at this time. The project is located at the corner of Mission Avenue and Centre City Parkway.
Escondido Disposal Facility
No changes from that reported last week: The onsite construction of storm drain and water quality basins is proceeding this week.
- Non-Safety Paramedics Justin Sandling and Darren Fitzpatrick were promoted to Firefighter Paramedic effective September 24th, 2017 and are currently attending the 2 week, in-house Firefighter Paramedic Academy. Newly promoted Firefighter Paramedics learn and practice not only citizen rescue but also self and buddy rescue. Their day involves class time followed by hands on practice of similarly grouped skills.
- Fire Prevention has scheduled their next smoke alarm installation event at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
- The Escondido Fire Department and The Escondido Police Department competed in the Annual Grape Day Festival Chili Cook-Off at Grape Day Park on Saturday, October 7th. Fire Chief John Tenger and Police Chief Craig Carter along with department volunteers served up delicious bowls of chili to festival attendees. The Fire Department chili was deemed the best around and they were named the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Winner.
- On 10/3/17 at 10:38 hours, officers responded to a robbery from the Starbucks at 320 W. Valley Pkwy. Loss was a bottle of tea from the store and a cell phone from a customer who began to video the incident. The suspect was located and in custody by 10:43 hours.
- On 10/3/17 a victim was approached by two Hispanic Male Adults in the 1200 block of Auto Park Way. Suspect #1 grabbed the victim's purse from her shoulder as Suspect #2 pointed a handgun at her. Suspects fled with the purse. There were no injuries.
- On 10/3/17 at 20:48 hours, an officer located a stolen vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy and Ash St. The vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued. Officers pursued the vehicle to the area of I-15 and Deer Springs Rd with the assistance of ASTREA. The vehicle ultimately spun out on I-15 and came to a complete stop. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The occupants were taken into custody without further incident and charged with Auto Theft and Felony Fleeing.
- On 10/3/17 at 22:07 hours, officers responded to the 700 block of E. 3rd Ave referencing an auto theft in progress. The two female juvenile suspects failed to drive the car away due to lack of knowing how to drive, and they fled on foot. Officers arrived on scene within a minute and detained the two suspects, who were positively identified by the reporting party.
- On 10/4/17 at 15:00 hours, a 40 y/o Hispanic Male Adult, wearing a dark blue shirt and driving a white two door older modified street racer - type car, got out of the car at the intersection of Washington Av/Harding St and shot 1 round from a firearm at a green or gray 4-Runner or similar vehicle. Witness believes the suspect targeted the wheel. The suspect was last seen eastbound Washington Ave. and the victim was last seen northbound on Harding St. No further details.
- On 10/5/17 at 04:44 hours officers responded to Grand Ave/Fig St referencing a found toddler of approx. 2 years of age. The child was not harmed and only wearing a diaper. Officers conducted a neighborhood sweep with negative results, bought the child an outfit to keep her warm, and brought her to the police department. The mother was finally located at around 09:00 hours and reunited with the child.
- On 10/5/17 at about 21:45 hours, officers responded to the Albertson’s at 1509 E. Valley Parkway referencing theft suspects that were previously reported at the Albertson’s at 1570 W. Valley Parkway attempting to steal a shopping cart full of baby formula. Officers waited outside the front doors of the store, undetected, until the suspects exited the store and sounded the alarm. The suspects had placed over $1500 worth of baby formula and other items in a shopping cart and exited the store. The adult suspects, one male and one female, were both from San Bernardino and left their 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters in the vehicle, alone, with the engine running, while they were committing the theft. The trunk of their vehicle was completely filled with baby formula and electronic items. Both were arrested for various felony theft charges and child endangerment. The children were released to their grandmother.
- On 10/6/17 at 04:45 hours, officers responded to a residence in the 1200 block of S. Maple St. in reference to a male who was shot in the head. Upon arrival, officers located the victim who had a grazing bullet wound to his head. The victim stated he got into a disagreement with the residents at the house, and a male resident produced a firearm and shot him in the head. The suspect was located and arrested for Attempted Murder; the firearm was recovered. The injury to the victim was not life-threatening.
- On 10/07/17 at 22:00 hours, officers responded to a robbery alarm at the AM/PM, 1550 E. Grand Ave. A Hispanic male suspect contacted the store clerk, produced a pistol and demanded cash. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and he was not injured. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed sum of money. Officers checked the area for the suspect with negative results.
The EPD COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends and community issues. Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.
- 15 arrests were made
- 23 citations were issued
- COPPS Unit personnel came in at 0200 hours each day this week to check on locations that have been reported to be sleeping locations in the past. Several arrests and cites were made as a result of this effort.
The Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP) returned to West Escondido this morning for the annual Neighborhood Clean-Up. The Escondido Police Department partnered with City of Escondido Neighborhood Services Division and Public Works to remove large items of trash and trim several oversized trees that block street lighting at night. A total of 10 oversized dumpsters were filled in just 4 hours!
A very special thanks to Pastor Hector Morales and Emmanuel Faith Community Church (EFCC). EFCC provided dozens of volunteers who helped load dumpsters at 4 locations, knock down weeds over 16 square blocks and clear the trash from the alleys. We truly appreciate our community partnerships. Thank you EFCC for giving so generously!