September 23, 2021
Volunteer Events in Escondido
On September 17, the Escondido Shines Cleanup project took place at Dixon Lake. The Rotary Club of Escondido, firefighters from Fire Station #7 (North Ash), and a large group of Escondido Fire Explorers helped clean and repair two trails while also cleaning up litter around the entire park. Great job!
On September 18, 21 community volunteers participated in the City's monthly volunteer fire hydrant painting event. The volunteers painted 64 hydrants and several leaking hydrants were reported to the Utilities Department for repair. The event took place in the southeast end of Escondido on Beethoven Drive, Las Palmas Avenue, Del Lago Boulevard, and Sierra Linda Drive. It was such a success that many participants said that they would be happy to return next month! The fire hydrant painting events are held one Saturday each month. For more information and to sign up visit https://volunteer.escondido.org/#upcoming . Thank you volunteers!
Recycling and E-Waste Event
The City of Escondido's Recycling Division is hosting a FREE e-waste recycling and document shredding event on September 25. Come anytime between 9 a.m. and noon to drop off your old electronics as well as 2 bankers boxes of documents to be shredded (no appliances).
Location: Parking Lot at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, 639 E. 17th Ave. (specific location is at the corner of 17th and Encino Drive).
California Continuation Education Association Recognizes Valley High School Staff
Staff at Valley High School were awarded Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Counselor of the Year, and Classified Person of the Year by the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). Principal Cory Gregory, Teacher Catarina Garcia, Counselor Tara Monzet, and Bilingual Parent Liaison Monica Navarro were recognized during the CCEA conference held in San Diego last week. Escondido Union High School Superintendent Dr. Anne Staffieri was named Superintendent of the Year and also was recognized.
Valley is the continuation high school for the Escondido Union High School District. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and was one of 27 California continuation schools recognized as a California Model Continuation School by the California Department of Education this past spring. There are more than 400 continuation high schools across the state.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
The Escondido Union High School District will host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Del Lago Academy, Escondido, Orange Glen, San Pasqual, and Valley High Schools the week of September 27. All individuals 12 years and older can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Students and their families can attend any of the clinics, regardless of what school they attend. No preregistration is required. Parents/guardians must attend with their students to provide consent. Clinics are open for students, their families, and any other interested community members.
- Monday, Sept. 27 at San Pasqual High, 2-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Orange Glen High, 3-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Escondido High, 3-6 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 30 at Del Lago Academy, 3-6 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 1 at Valley High, 3-6 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
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POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
Drunk in Public
On September 12, officers responded to a call referencing two drunk individuals with open containers causing a disturbance in Kit Carson Park.
Did You Know?
Drunk in public (or "public intoxication") is a misdemeanor in California. It is punishable by up to six months in county jail and $1,000 in fines.
Evading the Police - 2800.2
On September 15, a 15-year-old male suspect evaded traffic and patrol officers for approximately 30 minutes. The suspect drove on sidewalks and dirt areas during that time to avoid being captured. Officers took the suspect into custody and Juvenile Hall was notified of the incident but declined to book him. The suspect may be faced with charges including evading a peace officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, and driving with an expired registration, amongst many other charges.
What is 2800.2 ?
(a) If a person flees or attempts to elude a pursuing peace officer in violation of Section 2800.1 and the pursued vehicle is driven in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property, the person driving the vehicle, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or by confinement in the county jail for not less than six months nor more than one year. The court may also impose a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or may impose both that imprisonment or confinement and fine.
(b) For purposes of this section, a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property includes, but is not limited to, driving while fleeing or attempting to elude a pursuing peace officer during which time either three or more violations that are assigned a traffic violation point count under Section 12810 occur, or damage to property occurs.
On September 17, Escondido Police Dispatch received a call regarding a shooting and the victim was driven to Palomar Medical Center (PMC). Officers located the suspect vehicle and an Officer Involved Shooting took place. The officer was uninjured; however, the suspect was transported to PMC where he succumbed to his injuries.
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Congratulations to Sergeant Todd Gimenez who has successfully completed his Probation and is now considered "Regular Status" as Sergeant!
Congratulations to Officer Pete Donaghy on his completion of field training. Officer Donaghy previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years before joining the EPD.
August Abandoned Vehicle Data
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On September 13, the Fire Department responded three times to 1564 Tanglewood Ln. for reported vegetation fires. For each response, crews found small fires in their beginning stages, burning between the apartment buildings and were quickly extinguished each time. The incidents are currently under investigation.
On September 13, Battalion Chief Tyler Batson returned safely from a 16-day assignment as a Fire Line Safety Officer on the Dixie Fire in Susanville, CA.
On September 17, the deployment of Escondido firefighters to the Dixie Fire came to an end with return of our OES brush engine and crew. The Escondido Fire Department has had personnel working on the Dixie fire since July 10, rotating crews every two weeks. This was the longest running deployment in our department's history.
This past week, the VHF (Very High Frequency) radio repeater installation project was completed at the Hubbard Hill Communication Complex in Escondido. VHF radio systems are state-wide networks that are used during large wildfire incidents and as an emergency backup to the existing 800Mhz radio system used in the County. In the event of a large wildfire in the area, the new radio repeaters will extend the range of the emergency frequencies used by firefighters and will benefit Escondido as well as a number of neighboring agencies such as CAL FIRE, North County, Deer Springs, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos and Valley Center. The equipment was funded by an Urban Area Security Initiative federal grant to the North County Dispatch JPA to enhance VHF radio capabilities county-wide.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING
Permits and Inspections:
1. Counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 133 applicants, processed 64 applications, and issued 79 permits.
2. The total permit valuation for the week was $720,244.
3. Building inspectors completed 319 building inspections.
Field Engineering Division
1. Field Engineering processed 14 permits.
2. Field Engineering inspectors completed 230 inspections.
Development and Capital Projects Update:
Curious what's happening with development projects around the City? Below is a list of active projects currently in various stages of the development process. Items with bold text have been updated since last week's report. To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.
Commercial / Office / Industrial:
1. Interfaith Recuperative Care Facility/Hotel - (Developer: Interfaith) 555 N. Centre City Parkway - Conversion of the existing lodging facility (America's Best Value Inn) and construction improvements to establish a residential care facility designed to provide a variety of transient stays for at-risk individuals, homeless, etc. The Conditional Use Permit was approved by the Zoning Administrator on May 25, 2021. Grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans are currently under review.
2. Medical Office Building West - Palomar Health Hospital Campus (MOB-West, Developer Palomar Pomerado Health) - A three-story medical office/outpatient facility of approximately 72,000 square feet. Approval for design review was issued by the Planning Division on January 17, 2013. The applicant recently requested some changes to the zoning permits and a substantial conformance determination was approved March 5, 2021. Grading and building permits are currently under review.
3. ERTC/Palomar Health Parking Structure (Developer: McArthur Construction). An application request was received on October 21, 2020 to build 1,906 parking spaces at the new hospital campus. The proposed parking garage is six stories. Approval for design review was issued by the Planning Division on April 4, 2021. Grading and building permits were issued for this project the week of September 6, 2021.
4. Carvana - (Developer: Jo Ryan, Carvana) 559 N. Hale Avenue - A vending machine car dealership, consisting of 5,800 square feet within an eight-tier glass and steel tower structure up to 75 feet in height. The project was approved by the City Council on August 23, 2020. Construction is underway and can be seen on the east side of Interstate 15.
5. Meyers Avenue Industrial (Developer: OnPoint Development) - 68,900 square foot industrial building on an existing 4.95 acre vacant lot located at 2351 Meyers Avenue. The application was originally submitted in November 2020, and is currently in the entitlement process.
6. Mercedes Benz Expansion - (Developer: Jody Stout, Integrity Design and Construction) 1101 W. 9th Avenue - A Master and Precise Plan modification to demo the existing dealership showroom and construct a new showroom, office, parts storage and service building. The project is still in the entitlement phase; however, the applicant is completing final revisions to the project materials in response to City comments. The project was approved by the Planning Commission at its July 27, 2021, meeting.
7. Raising Cane's Restaurant - (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway - A 3,744 square foot drive-through restaurant located on the east side of the southbound off-ramp on W. Valley Parkway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on July 14, 2020. Construction is complete and the restaurant is open for business.
8. 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store - (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. - A 4,000 square foot convenience store with eight fuel dispenser pumps on the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs. The project was approved by the City Council on January 13, 2021. Building plans were submitted for review on July 1, 2021, however grading, landscaping and public improvement plans remain outstanding.
9. Solaris Business Park Annexation - (Developer Whalen and Associates) 657 N. Country Club Lane - A four-lot, light-industrial and medical office complex on approximately 45 acres of land, just northwest of the Palomar Medical Center. The annexation will be processed as a new specific plan. The application is still in the entitlement phase. It is anticipated that an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared for this project.
10. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) - A 65 single-family home development on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. City Council approved the project on March 4, 2015 and a map extension was approved by the Planning Commission on April 18, 2018. Building permits were issued for 45 homes the week of June 21, 2021, and construction is underway. Work is underway on the offsite improvements along Felicita Avenue. Lane closures and detours will be in place during portion of this work.
11. Conway Drive Subdivision (Developer: Conway Stanley Properties, LLC) - This project is a 41-lot subdivision on the west side of Conway Drive, both north and south of Stanley Place. The project would include 40 single-family homes and seven affordable condominium units. The application was submitted on June 3, 2021, and staff sent initial comments to the applicant on July 2, 2021.
12. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) - An approved land use development application consisting of the demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units with 10,000 square feet of commercial space. This project was approved by City Council on February 10, 2021. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans. The City approved a design review submittal on June 11, 2021 to address some of the project's conditions requiring architectural building design changes. Grading and improvement plans, and final map were submitted for first round of review the week of July 5, 2021. Demolition permits were issued on August 12, 2021, and work is underway.
13. Del Prado (Developer: California West Communities) 2329 South Centre Parkway - A 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The City Council approved this project on May 11, 2016. Building plans were submitted on May 20, 2021. The Final Map was approved by the City Council on May 26, 2021, and has recorded with the County Clerk. The contractor is currently completing the in-tract water and sewer main installation and has started the Brotherton Road street improvements. Building permits were issued for the first phase of construction the week of August 30, 2021.
14. Warmington (Developer: Warmington Residential California, Inc.) - A 62 air-space condominium development, consisting of 10, three-story buildings located in the Southern Entry District of the South Centre City Specific Plan at 2200 S. Escondido Boulevard. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on March 23, 2021. The Planning Commission is the final decision-maker for the project. Grading and building plans are under review by the City. A demolition permit was issued for the existing structure(s) the week of July 26, 2021.
15. Habitat for Humanity 10-Unit Condominium Development (Developer: San Diego Habitat for Humanity) - A 10-unit development at 245 E. El Norte Parkway. All units will be for sale to low-income households. This project was approved by City Council on February 10, 2021. Grading and building plans are currently under review.
16. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) - A 34 single-family home development at North Avenue/Conway Drive. The project was approved by the City Council on January 10, 2018. Grading is currently underway on the site.
17. Apollo Residential Care (NOAA Group) - An assisted living and memory care facility, with 78 units accommodating 99 beds at 3141 East Valley Parkway. The project was approved on January 14, 2020. A request to add approximately 3,000 square feet of common space (no new units or beds), was approved by the Planning Commission on July 27, 2021.
18. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) - A 97 single-family home development on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue. The City Council approved this project on December 13, 2006 and the project is now under construction. The developer, Trumark, has nearly completed onsite water, storm drain and sewer utilities and is working on pedestrian ramps and sidewalks. Model homes are now open to the public, and the contractor is now focusing on new home construction. Work will be starting soon for the offsite storm drain improvements along El Norte Parkway and Lincoln Ave. Construction is expected to be completed in late December. Lane closures will be in place during the work on El Norte.
19. The IVY (Applicant: Howard Blackson, AVRP Studios) - The project, located on the corner of Second Avenue and North Ivy Street, was originally approved in 2019 with 127 units and a small commercial space, including 24 units allocated from the City's Density Transfer Program and density bonus units for the provision of several affordable housing units. The current application consists of a request for a modification to the approved project and would include 126 affordable residential units and potentially a child care facility in-lieu of the commercial space. The current request was submitted in January 2021 and is currently in the entitlement process.
20. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Builder: Lennar Homes) 380 residences located on the former golf course off of Country Club Lane, north of El Norte Parkway. The project was approved by City Council on November 15, 2017 and the project is now under construction. The contractor is currently working on median improvements along Country Club Lane between Gary Lane and Nutmeg Street. Daytime single-lane closures are excepted during this phase of work.
Villages I - Work has started on the fitness center in the commercial village.
Village II - Rough grading is nearing completion.
Village III - Rough grading is nearing completion. The contractor is installing a new sewer manhole and main line at the intersection of La Brea and Country Club along with private water and sewer lines. In track curb and gutter have started to be placed.
21. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince Street - The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. The City Council approved the project on October 23, 2019. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission of and approval grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans. Building plans were submitted on May 10, 2021. Plan check review was completed the week of June 21. City staff will coordinate a building plan check resubmittal with the applicant.
22. Jack's Creek TR 951 and SUB 17-0026 - (Developer New Pointe Development). An approved 12-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 3.31 acres. The site is located at the westerly terminus of Jack's Creek Road, north of El Norte Parkway, addressed as 640 Oakwood Creek Glen, formally 2888 E. Washington Avenue. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 13, 2007 and an extension of time was approved on September 12, 2017. It is anticipated that this project will be completed within the next few weeks.
23. Casa Mercado Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) - A four-story, 120-unit apartment complex on 2.31 acres on Second Avenue and Pine Street. The City Council approved the project at its May 12, 2021 meeting. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
24. North Iris Residential Development (Developer: Hallmark Communities) - An application for a Master and Precise Development Plan and Tentative Map for 102 condominiums at the southeast corner of North Iris Lane and Robin Hill Lane. The project is still in the entitlement phase. The initial application was submitted on March 11, 2021. The City completed its review and issued a comment letter on April 9, 2021 regarding the completeness of the application (i.e. notice of incomplete application).
25. Canterbury Gardens Apartment Project (Developer: Kensington Canterbury Gardens, LLC) - A Plot Plan application was submitted on January 26, 2021 for the development of an apartment project at 2402 South Escondido Boulevard (the site of the Canterbury Gardens retail store). The project proposes to demolish the existing structures on the site and construct 44 townhome-style, market-rate rental units. Units will range in size from 1,028 to 1,254 square feet, will be three stories in height, and will have two to three bedrooms. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
26. Villa Portofino - (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
27. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment - (Developer: Tony Cassolato) An approved proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres. The project was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
28. 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. The project is still in the entitlement phase and was deemed an incomplete application. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
29. Fig Apartments (Developer Claude Marengo) - A 15-unit, three-story, multi-family residential apartment complex on 0.59 acres. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
30. Reed Road Assisted Living Facility (2525 Reed LLC) - A new residential care facility is proposed on a 4.2-acre site on 2525 Reed Road. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
31. East Valley Parkway Apartments (Developer: John Wurster) - A 50-unit mixed use affordable apartment complex consisting of four stories situated on a 21,000 square foot vacant parcel on the corner of E. Valley Parkway and Ivy Street. The project was approved by the Planning Division on June 21, 2021, and building, grading, landscaping, and public improvement plans were submitted on July 1st, 2021.
32. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) - A 137-unit townhome condo project, located on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway. The first phase of the project was approved by the City Council on November 20, 2019. The second phase was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
33. Harvest Hills, (Developer: Concordia Homes) - 550 unit residential subdivision, east of Rancho San Pasqual. A project webpage including draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
34. Mountain House - This project involves the build-out of a 39 lot residential subdivision on approximately 500 acres west of Mesa Rock Road in the northwest corner of the City. The Final Map for the project was recorded in 2006. Street improvements and other infrastructure have been installed, and pads have been rough-graded. The developer is currently processing precise grading plans, landscape plans, and model home permits, and is working with Vallecitos Water District on water line improvements. (This project was formerly known as High Pointe.)
35. Vermont Street Apartments - A 44 unit apartment complex located on the northeast corner of Vermont Avenue and South Escondido Boulevard. The project includes a density bonus request and would provide four affordable housing units. The project was submitted in May of 2019, with a recent resubmittal made in June of 2021. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:
36. Membrane Filtration and Reverse Osmosis ("MFRO") Facility - The MFRO will treat a portion of the City's existing recycled water supply from the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility and blend it with recycled water that has not been treated by the MFRO process to produce water with a salt concentration appropriate for agricultural irrigation. The blended water will then be pumped to agricultural users. The MFRO Facility will provide high‐quality water that is low in total dissolved solids and chlorides to high-water-demand agricultural growers who serve a vital role in the City's economy. The location at 901 W. Washington Avenue was approved on April 3, 2019. The contractor, Filanc Brown & Caldwell Joint Venture, submitted building permits on March 9, 2021 and has received comments/corrections. Grading plans were approved on June 2, 2021 and the demolition of small structures on site is underway. Building plans have been resubmitted and are currently being processed.
37. Oakvale Road Realignment Project - The realignment of Oakvale Road is the precursor to replacing the Lake Wohlford dam. The current road alignment needs to be shifted to the south to provide room for the new dam. The work involves removal of approximately 56,000 cubic yards of existing rock slope, slope stability including tensioned rock bolts and wire mesh, drainage improvements, and constructing approximately 1,200 linear feet of new roadway section. The existing roadway will remain in service during construction. A construction contract with L.B. Civil Construction in the amount of $8,467,520 was approved by City Council on May 12, 2021. Construction began in early August and is scheduled to take one year to complete.
38. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam - The project involves a new dam downstream (west) of the existing dam and partial deconstruction of the existing dam. The replacement dam would feature an outlet tower that is integrated into the dam's upstream face; the top of the existing outlet tower would be demolished, and the bottom of the existing outlet tower and the outlet pipe would be filled with sand and abandoned in place. The project would entail improvement and extension of an existing unpaved access road located west of the Lake Wohlford Marina, extending it to the right (north) abutment of the replacement dam. The project's EIR was certified on August 23, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of permits and agreements by the wildlife agencies. In order to obtain environmental permits for construction, the City has prepared upstream restoration and mitigation plans, short-term and long-term habitat management plans, a watershed evaluation, perform field protocol surveys, and update the Jurisdictional Wetland Delineation survey.
39. Grand Avenue Vision Project - The Grand Avenue Vision Project is a streetscape improvement project for Escondido's historic downtown aimed at improving walkability and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The following improvements are included as Phase I of the project: construct wider sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Broadway; remove center median islands between Maple Street and Kalmia Street; install 24 new street lights with decorative luminaires; installing decorative festoon (string) lighting across Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Kalmia Street; increase available parking by providing diagonal parking where feasible; and resurface the pavement between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Street. In early August, downtown businesses were surveyed to get their feedback on the best schedule for construction of Phase I. The two options were to move forward with construction this fall, or to delay construction until after the holiday season. The majority of businesses preferred delaying construction until after the holiday season. As a result of this feedback, city staff is coordinating with the contractor and material supplier in order to start construction in January 2022.
40. School and Traffic Safety Projects - Each year the Traffic Commission prioritizes and funds traffic safety projects focused on improving pedestrian and vehicle safety. Projects are nominated by each School District, COMPACT, residents and staff. This year four priority projects were completed, including crosswalk improvements at Oak Hill and Citrus, crosswalk improvements on Lincoln Avenue near Pioneer Elementary, pedestrian countdown timers at five intersections and an Audible Pedestrian Signal at El Norte and Centre City Parkway that serves the sight impaired.
41. Spruce Street/Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project - Final channel planting has been completed along West Valley Parkway. Vegetation management will be conducted by the contractor for the area between Grand and Valley in the coming weeks as required by the environmental permits. Public Works continues to maintain the sections south of Grand as part of the City's storm drain system.
42. Escondido Creek Trail Crossings - The Project closes gaps on approximately 2.5 miles of the Escondido Creek Trail Bike Path by adding lighting, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, ramps and signage to seven intersections between Juniper Street and Citrus Avenue. Design is nearly complete. Bidding is anticipated during Fall 2021 with construction following soon after.
43. Citracado Parkway Extension - The project will extend Citracado Parkway between Andreasen and Harmony Grove Village Road, including a bridge over the Escondido Creek in the western portion of the City. In February, the Public Utilities Commission approved the relocation of electric transmission facilities necessary for the project. SDG&E has ordered the steel poles necessary for the relocation and expects to begin electric facility relocation in August. Bid and award of the actual road project is anticipated this summer with construction beginning in fall 2021 and completing in early 2023.
44. Juniper Elementary Safe Routes to School Project - The purpose for this project is to provide missing portions of sidewalk, curb and gutter, and Class II bicycle lanes along Juniper Street creating a continuous, separated pedestrian pathway near Juniper Elementary and provide Safe Routes to School information at Juniper, Oak Hill, and Central Elementary Schools. This project also involves modification of traffic signals at Juniper Street & Felicita Avenue and Escondido Boulevard & Felicita Avenue. The start of construction is estimated to be summer 2022.
45. Escondido Creek Trail - In 2020 the City was awarded $8.5 million from the California Department of Parks & Recreation through the Proposition 68 Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 to improve approximately 4.5 miles of the existing Escondido Creek Trail (between Harmony Grove Road and Midway Drive) and add approximately 0.4 miles of new bicycle path (between Harmony Grove Road and the Citracado Parkway extension) to the linear park. This project will create a double-sided trail on approximately 1.7 miles; on one side will be the existing Class I bicycle path, on the other will be a new DG trail. Design is under way.
46. Washington Park Skate Spot - 501 N. Rose. The City recently awarded this project bid to Geocon Skateparks. When completed, the 7000-sf skate spot offer multiple features including a quarter pipe, pump bump, grind edge, banked hip with rail, and a 5-sided pyramid. The bid award was made by the City Council on April 21, 2021. Construction started on June 7, 2021 and is expected to take approximately three months. The skate spot is expected to be substantialy complete the week of September 27, 2021.
47. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase II - This project consisted of storm drain cleaning, inspection, CCTV, repairing and grouting voids, point repairs, grouting existing flow line, cured in place pipe lining, storm drain structure floor repairs, post CCTV and inspection, and overall rehabilitation of existing corrugated metal pipe storm drain systems. Contract work for this project has been completed. The Notice of Completion was presented to the City Council July 21, 2021, and this project will be removed from the Weekly Activity Report next week.
48. SDG&E 16" Gas Main Replacement - In January 2019, the CPUC's Safety Enforcement Division approved SDG&E's test or replace plan for Line 1600, a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline which was not strength tested in 1949 when it was constructed. This next phase of PSEP projects will include 19 separate projects that will take place in the cities of San Diego, Escondido and Poway, as well as the County of San Diego. Approximately 5.4 miles of replacement and 2.7 miles of strength testing are expected to occur in Escondido from 2020-2024. The portion of the project along Bear Valley Parkway (Phase II) has been installed and is on-line, and street restoration and striping are complete. Phase III, which will be the final phase in Escondido, is currently being reviewed by Engineering Department staff, and includes portions of Lincoln Avenue (between El Norte Parkway and Midway Drive), El Norte Parkway (Lincoln Avenue to La Honda Drive), and La Honda Drive (El Norte Parkway through Daley Ranch).
49. 2021 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project - Phase I (Concrete and Tree Removal and Replacement): This year's work will be in the North West Zone, which is bordered by Broadway to the east, State Route 78 to the south and City limits to the north and west. The scope of work will include the removal and replacement of over 30,000 square feet of concrete sidewalks, driveways and cross gutters. 52 pedestrian ramps will be upgraded to current standards and approximately 90 new trees will be planted. All concrete repair and replacement, along with the asphalt patch back has been completed.
50. 2021 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project - Phase II (Street Repair and Rehabilitation): This year's work will continue in the North West Zone, which is bordered by Broadway to the east, State Route 78 to the south and City limits to the north and west. The scope of work will include over 1,100,000 square feet of street repair and over 3,500,000 square feet of street rehabilitation. The City has received and is reviewing bids for this work. Phase II is anticipated to start early fall.
51. Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. Retrofit Project Phase II - This project generally consisted of the removal of approximately 1010 non-LED street light fixtures and safety light fixtures, and the replacement with specified L.E.D. street light fixtures and L.E.D. safety light fixtures at various locations within the City of Escondido. The contractor is continuing to retro fit the new LED lights and has moved to the South East Zone, west of Midway Drive. The Notice of Completion was presented to the City Council August 11, 2021.
52. Recycled Water Easterly Agriculture Distribution System - This project will extend recycled water pipelines from the Hogback Reservoir to agricultural customers located south and east of the reservoir and connect them to the City's recycled water system. The Project will construct and install approximately 9,400 feet of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines ranging from 8-inches to 20-inches in diameter; approximately 400 feet of ductile iron pipelines ranging from 10-inches to 20-inches in diameter installed on steel pipe bridges; ten large service meter connections; and a 20-inch pressure reducing valve. A construction contract with S.C. Valley Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $5,883,214 was approved by City Council on July 14, 2021. Construction began in mid-August and is scheduled to take approximately 15 months to complete.
53. West Seventh Avenue and South Broadway Waterline Replacement Project - This project consists of construction of approximately 5,350 linear feet of 12-inch PVC pipe along West Seventh Avenue between Quince Street and South Broadway, and along South Broadway from West Seventh Avenue to 150 feet north of the intersection of South Broadway and West Valley Parkway. The project is in the final design stage and is anticipated to be advertised for public bids in September, 2021.