October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

 FEATURED THIS WEEK

Aquaponics Innovation Center Opens in Escondido

On October 17, ECOLIFE Conservation, an NGO headquartered in Downtown Escondido, unveiled its new Aquaponics Innovation Center in rural North Escondido. The center produces organic lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers using 90% less water than traditional "dirt" farming. In addition to providing a sustainable source of healthy produce to local non-profits, the Innovation Center also provides opportunities to educate school children and the greater community about the benefits of aquaponics. For more information, go to:

https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/aquaponics-innovation-center-opening/

Aquaponics Innovation Center

 

Internationally Known Speaker Hosts Education Opportunity for Local Businesses

The evening of October 11, a group of approximately 40 Escondido business owners and community members gathered in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall to hear an informative and entertaining presentation from Barbara Wold. Ms. Wold is an internationally known speaker and authority to the retail, consumer, tourism and hospitality industries who has taught in over twenty countries. The event was jointly hosted by the City of Escondido and the Escondido Downtown Business Association with the purpose of providing a practical educational experience to Downtown Escondido merchants. The day after the seminar, Ms. Wold conducted one-on-one visits to five pre-selected merchants, providing in-depth assessments to help improve their businesses. More information about Barbara can be found on her Linkedin page www.linkedin.com/in/barbarawold .

Barbara Wold

 

City Hall Landscape Improvements Continue

Last Saturday, October 13 work began improve the safety and sustainability of the landscape surrounding City Hall. 11 of the 14 trees surrounding the fountain were removed. These trees have created significant safety and maintenance issues as they have reached their life expectancy for the size of the area they were planted. The trees were dropping a large quantity of seed pods and their mature roots were damaging the surrounding concrete flatwork. Removal work will continue this weekend and replanting will begin in the weeks to follow. Smaller maturing, non-flowering trees and plants have been selected and will not pose the maintenance and safety issues experienced with the previous trees. Funding has been received from a state Housing-Related Parks Program grant to fully finance the project.

 

City Hall Landscaping Improvements

 

BY THE NUMBERS

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Statistics Graph

 Business Licenses

Business License Statistics Graph

 

Graffiti Restitution

Collected This Week

Collected Year to Date

$245

$8,615.35

Public Works

 

Shopping Carts Removed Graph

Graffiti Tags Removed Graph

Graffiti Reports Graph

Fire:

 

Fire Inspections Graph

 

Fire Emergency Responses Graph

 

Total Emergency Responses (Year To Date)

12,439

 Police:

Police Calls For Service Graph

 

Police Call Center Volume Graph

 

Building Division:

Building Permit Values Graph

Building Permits Graph

FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • StachetoberFest 2018 will be held at Stone Brewery on October 22 from 5 p.m.  to close.  Tickets to the event, apparel, and donations can be made at http://stachetoberfest.net/shop.

StachetoberFest Stone Brewery

  • The Escondido Fire Department Prevention Division, the American Red Cross, The Burn Institute, and the Rincon Water District have partnered to provide and install free smoke alarms in homes that are in need. The Fire Prevention team had another successful Smoke Alarm install day at the Escondido Views Mobile Home Park on Tuesday, October 9. The team serviced 19 homes, installed 45 smoke alarms and replaced one smoke alarm battery.

Fire Prevention Smoke Alarm

  • On Wednesday, October 10, the Fire Prevention Division was recognized at the City Council meeting for Fire Prevention Week. A Proclamation was presented to staff and accepted by Sandra Bauer declaring the week of October 7, 2018 as "Fire Prevention Week" in the City of Escondido. The Mayor and Council was thanked for recognizing the importance of Fire Prevention and a small presentation was given by Sandra Bauer reminding the public of the importance of fire prevention not just during this week but all year round.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents:

Intoxicated Driver Narrowly Escapes Death

On October 8 at about 2:05 a.m., an officer on routine patrol heard the sound of a nearby traffic collision.  Within seconds, the officer arrived at the intersection of Midway Dr. and E. Valley Pkwy. to find a black GMC truck with extensive damage.  Upon further investigation it was determined that the truck had collided with a light post, a power pole, and a water riser before rolling over in the intersection.  The adult male driver was the trucks sole occupant.  He was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and charged with driving under the influence.

Crashed Car

Keen Observation Leads to Arrests in North County Robberies

At around 8:30 a.m. on October 8, an officer on patrol noticed a white Honda Accord in the area of Grand Ave. and Fig St.  Despite the efforts of the car's occupants to blend into traffic, the officer keenly observed that the license plate belonged on a different vehicle.  The officer was also aware of a car of similar description being involved in four recent robberies in Escondido, Carlsbad, and Encinitas.  As the officer followed the Honda, one male exited and quickly walked away.  The Honda then fled the area at a high rate of speed.  Officers lost sight of the Honda, however another officer found the car in the 2500 block of E. Valley Pkwy.  Two males fled from the car and were apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  They were identified as Cody Crippen (28-year-old resident of Julian) and Michael Reyna (31-year-old resident of Escondido).  Crippen and Reyna were arrested on robbery charges.  A short time later, a third male (the person who first fled from the car) was found outside of a local coffee shop, again failing at his attempt to blend in.  He was identified as Fernando Carapia (23-year-old resident of Escondido).  Carapia was arrested on a narcotics possession charge.

Police Officer Assaulted During Theft Investigation

On October 11 at about 1 p.m., an officer was investigating a petty theft case at a residence in the 1300 block of S. Juniper St.  The officer located a female suspect in the case.  The suspect became violent when the officer attempted to detain her.  Her assaultive behavior included a failed attempt at putting the officer in a headlock.  Jessica DeLaCruz (35-year-old resident of Escondido) was ultimately arrested.  DeLaCruz was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of petty theft and felony resisting an officer.  The officer sustained minor injuries, but was able to immediately return to duty.  

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.    

  • 1 arrests
  • 6 citations

Events:

This week Acting Sergeant Brandon Byler responded to the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum for a very important purpose; reading stories to our Escondido youth.  The children were excited to spend time with a police officer.  Additional officers will be taking time to read to children in our community in the weeks to come.

Acting Sergeant Brandon Byler Reads To Children

 

TIP OF THE WEEK:

The mangled remains of the above pictured GMC truck remind us of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.  According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, over 1,000 people died in alcohol-impaired collisions in 2016 (Most current data available). Tragically, Escondido residents have died on our local roadways as the result of those who made the poor decision to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The Escondido Police Department goes to great lengths to keep our roadways safe. Our efforts include DUI checkpoints and specially trained officers who patrol Escondido roadways for the specific purpose of stopping and arresting intoxicated drivers.

As the holiday season quickly approaches we wish to remind the community that driving intoxicated is never acceptable.  Call a sober friend or family member.  Call a cab.  Use a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft.  But, whatever you do, do not drive intoxicated.  We will find you and you will go to jail.  It is just not worth it!

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. 

  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. 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. A related 10-lot parcel map for office condominium units was recorded October 16.

 

  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 cafĂ©, 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 was received on October 12, 2018.

 

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 have been signed.

 

  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.  Engineering met with the traffic consultant last week to discuss Traffic Impact Analysis submitted for the project.

 

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, and the RFP is expected to be issued soon to a short-list of 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 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, 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, and revised environmental documents for public review are expected 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, 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 an application for 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 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, 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.

 

10.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.  The applicant submitted revised plans and studies on October 16, 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. Fire and Engineering issued comments on the rough grading plan on September 4, 2018, and a resubmittal is expected soon.

 

  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 met with Fire, Engineering, Planning and Utilities staff on October 16, 2018 to discuss the staff comments.

 

  1. Accessory Dwelling Units - Planning staff is currently working on six applications for accessory dwelling units. 20 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 126 permits (including 54 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $264,609.

 

  1. Our building inspectors responded to 259 inspection requests and 163 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, 2018.  Cabinetry installation is ongoing.

 

  1. No Change from the previous. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy so far has received final inspection approval for all buildings except for Buildings B and H.

 

  1. No Change from the previous. The Emmanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave is preparing for final inspection.  A 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.

 

  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. No Change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center 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 Building 3, drywall approval for Building 2 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. The four-story, 102,774 sf storage building at 222 W Mission Ave has received rough framing approval for the third floor.

 

  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.

 

  1. Plans were submitted for a new 71,656 square foot medical office building at 2130 Citracado Parkway.

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

 Capital Improvements

 

  1. Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 320 - Due to salinity levels in the existing soils, the contractor needs to apply up to 3" of water on the landscape surfaces in order to reduce the salinity to acceptable levels. Last week's rain event provided 1" of free water to the soil area, the remaining 2" will be applied during this week's ongoing operation. Previous soil samples taken have not yet met the specifications which would allow planting to begin.  Valley Center Road / Valley Parkway intersection along with Lake Wohlford Road received the final pavement cap this past Thursday during a night operation. 422 tons of asphalt was placed during the 11 - hour operation. The signal contractor completed the installation of the signal pole on the South West corner of Beven Drive/Valley Parkway intersection this past Thursday during an 9-hour operation. The 4 ornamental street lights along Valley Parkway between Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road were rescheduled to Monday of this week. The guard rail installation is being delayed until additional installation details are resolved. During last Thursday nights operation for the application of new roadway striping, equipment required to remove conflicting striping failed to operate. The contractor was required to remobilize his staff during a Sunday operation to complete the remaining striping and new traffic signage along the project limits. With the completion of all roadway pavement and traffic markings, the new U - turn movement at East Valley Parkway/ Lake Wohlford Road has been put in operation. This will allow for North bound travelers on Valley Parkway to U - turn at lake Wohlford Road intersection.

                  

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project - 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 - The new bike striping and green bike path bollards improvement will be installed along Broadway, south from the Pennsylvania intersection and along Valley Parkway on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The green bollards measure 10" wide at the base and stand 30" tall. These permanent bollards will replace the temporary white delineators that have been in place for the past 60 days. The pedestrian bridge abutment is scheduled to begin this Wednesday along the flood control channel.

 

  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 project will be scheduled for November 26, 2018.           

 

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. During reconstruction a SDG&E vault was discovered which required service crews to lower the manhole assembly. This work was completed on Tuesday of this week. The signal pole conflict has been resolved, the remaining sidewalk and handicap ramps will be installed this Friday. 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 / Washington Avenue intersection improvements are continuing 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 3 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 - The remaining roadway improvements along Harmony Grove Road will be completed this Saturday, 4 weeks ahead of their previous schedule. 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 - No changes from that reported last week. 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 - A preconstruction meeting is being held on Wednesday of this week with the striping contractor to discuss lay out and installation of the new striping/signage elements. The telephone interconnect has been completed which was the last construction item delaying the signal activation. A signal activation date will be determined once the developer coordinates his signal contractor and related subcontractors.

 

  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 installation of a revised storm drain along Vista Avenue is being completed this week. The construction of the new street light foundation at the intersection of Vista Avenue / Bienvenido was completed. The new pole installation has been delayed. The developer is continuing with the development of all remaining houses within the project.

 

  1. Veterans Village - The construction of offsite improvements along 15th Avenue has begun this week. The first order of work is the roadway structure under the new concrete improvements. Due to high moisture content the existing soils are being removed to a depth of 24" and replaced with structure fill material.

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