September 5, 2019

First Responders Night at Cruisin’ Grand
This Friday, (9/6) is First Responders Night at Cruisin' Grand Escondido! Enjoy police and fire vehicle displays and take a ride on one of the Escondido Fire Department engines from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. A flag will be raised over Grand Avenue and Broadway at 6:00 p.m., followed by the first responder vehicle parade at 7:00 p.m.
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BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement 

Business Licenses

Graffiti RestitutionFire

Police:

August Abandoned Vehicle Data 

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through August 31 of each year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                                                                

Incidents:

Red Light Runner Fights Police
On August 25 at around 1:30 a.m., an officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a car for failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Escondido Blvd. and 9th Ave.  During the traffic stop, the officer learned that the driver was operating the car on a suspended driver’s license.  After explaining the traffic violations to the driver, the officer asked the driver to step out of the car as it would be impounded due to the driver’s license being suspended.  The driver responded by refusing to exit the car and instead attacking the officers.  Fortunately, the officers were able to place the combative driver under arrest with minimal force and no injuries to the driver.  However, three officers sustained minor injuries in the incident.  Yomira Zamora (23-year-old resident of San Diego) was arrested for violently resisting arrest and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. 

Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Vehicle
On August 30 at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision at the intersection of Grand Ave. and Midway Dr.  The initial investigation into the collision determined that a bicyclist was riding east on Grand Ave., crossing Midway Dr. and struck the side of a car that was traveling north on Midway Dr.  The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment.  A determination as to who caused the collision is still under investigation.  Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. 

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.     

  • 3 arrest
  • 0 citations
  • 11 extra patrols

     * Low data due to COPPS officers on approved time-off. 

Tip of the Week: 

Pedestrian Safety Month
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Escondido Police Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to promote safe behaviors that allow drivers and those on foot to get where they need to go safely.  In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected that more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in the United States last year, the highest number since 1990. So far this year, 1 pedestrian has been killed and 32 injured in crashes in Escondido. 

The Escondido Police Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to keep everyone safe: 

For Pedestrians

  • Look left-right-left before crossing the street. Watch for cars turning and obey traffic signals.
  • Only cross the street in marked crosswalks, preferably crosswalks at stop signs or signals.
  • Avoid distractions. Stay off the phone while walking.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume drivers can see you.
  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight at night.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic and as far away from cars as possible.
  • Do not walk near traffic after drinking or using drugs that affect judgment and coordination. 

For Drivers

  • Follow the speed limit. The higher the speed, the longer it takes to stop.
  • Never drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Look out for people walking, especially at night and in poorly lit areas.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks even if they are not at a stop sign or signal. Prepare to stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk.
  • Avoid blocking the crosswalk when attempting to make a right-hand turn.
  • Be careful backing up and leaving parking spaces in shopping centers with heavy foot traffic. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

News:

The Fire Department is pleased to welcome three new Paramedics (Non-Safety) to our team. Christopher Johnson, Merritt Veyveris and Nathan Young. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update 

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.   

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute (PRI) was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. An MOU explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements for the hospital has been signed by all parties and was completed on July 15, 2019.  The state OSHPD will issue building permits and oversee construction inspections.  Site preparation and grading activities for the PRI building has commenced.  A grading plan for parking on Parcel 1 has been approved by Engineering and a permit is ready to be issued. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for a 71,656 SF medical office building in this approved medical complex area across from Palomar Hospital were submitted into plan check on October 9, 2018. A subsequent plan submittal increased the size of the building to approximately 80,000 SF, which exceeds the specific plan allowance for that planning area.  A plot plan application for the modified building design has been submitted by the applicant.  A fee deferral agreement is currently being reviewed for signature in anticipation of building permit issuance.

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, Engineering and Fire approved the plans several months ago.  Planning met with the architect on July 18, 2019, to finalize design for the screening of rooftop mechanical equipment and then approved the building plans the same day.  The grading permit has been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit is imminent. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt 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 also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018.  A meeting with the applicant to review the various departmental comments occurred on October 29, 2018.  The developer team met with several departments on April 4, 2019, primarily to discuss traffic-related issues.  Planning and Building are awaiting submittal of a demo permit for the two abandoned residences on the site.  A revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019.  The developer and consultant team met with Engineering and Planning on August 20, 2019, to discuss proposed traffic mitigation measures. 

City Projects 

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.  Preliminary geotechnical and survey work is underway.  Helix Environmental Planning will be preparing the draft environmental documents.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  A revised draft site plan was submitted to Planning on July 10, 2019.  A draft environmental review document is in preparation.  Tribal consultation letters (i.e. AB 52 notification) to interested tribal groups were sent August 2, 2019.  City staff met with the Design Build team to review site plan comments on August 14, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019.  A storm drain issue identified on the site is currently being investigated by staff.  The design team is working to put the Plot Plan application together for review by all departments. 
  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 has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies was prepared and submitted as requested.  The agencies responded they do not concur with the alternative mitigation proposal and the issue remains unresolved. 

Residential 

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (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
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering staff on August 15, 2019, and agreement was reached on several of the off-site mitigation locations. Additional information regarding biological resources was submitted on August 29, 2019. 
  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. 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.  Another set of revised plans were submitted the week of November 26, 2018.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were issued on February 25, 2019.  In response to a follow-up discussion with the applicant, Planning provided additional comments on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues occurred on June 20, 2019.
  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. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and includes a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 result from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and those discussions are on-going; however, the Regional Water Quality Control Board indicated that they will be issuing the permit in early September.  The revised Certified Tentative Map was approved on September 3, 2019.  A resubmittal of Village 1 plans including grading, storm drain and the specific alignment plan for Country Club Lane was received on June 18, 2019, and has been approved by Fire.  Engineering and Planning comments were sent to the applicant the week of July 15, 2019.  The applicant provided another resubmittal of Village 1 plans the last week of July.  A bond and fee letter for Village 1 has been issued by Engineering.  Engineering expects a grading permit for Village 1 to be issued by mid-September.
    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, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019, and comments were returned by Planning.  Revised grading and landscape plans and final map were submitted on July 30, 2019.  Fire and Planning expect to issue comments on those plans this week.  The Precise Development Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  Planning and Engineering comments on the revised grading and landscape plans and final map are expected to be sent to the applicant this week. 
  1. Aspire (131 apartment 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 for a 106-unit development on June 23, 2017. On March 14, 2019, the applicant submitted a revised project under state and city density bonus law that increases the number of dwelling units in return for the provision of 11 Very Low Income housing units.  The increased density (now 131 units) has been accommodated by eliminating all 3-bedroom units to allow additional studio, one- and two-bedroom units within the same building structure.  The project includes 4,289 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, primarily fronting on Maple Street Plaza.  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’s parking consultant submitted a parking study on January 17, 2019.  A proposed Development Agreement was submitted for staff review on April 24, 2019.  Engineering completed final review of the traffic study and storm water plans, asking for modifications to complete the reports.  The Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend approval of the project on August 27, 2019.  A City Council hearing is anticipated for late September or early October. 
  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. The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration resulted in two comment letters.  A Final MND was prepared and included in the staff report, which was presented to the Planning Commission.  The project was reviewed by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019 and the commission unanimously supported the project.  The City Council will consider approving the project at a public hearing on September 25, 2019. 
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
    Sager 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 specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and 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. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  The USFWS has requested an additional time to comment.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  Project revisions may be necessary to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant met with Planning and Engineering on August 14, 2019 to discuss potential changes to the project.  Project changes could include splitting the project into northern and southern pieces with the Final EIR and northern piece progressing to public hearing while a redesign effort is undertaken on the southern piece to address Caltrans issues.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned and Engineering has approved all improvements, excepting those provided for on Felicita, which additional changes are expected.  County of San Diego staff from the Parks and Public Works Division have met with the applicant to discuss ways to evaluate floodplain and drainage issues occurring at the Felicita Park.  A follow up meeting with Engineering occurred on August 28, 2019.
  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.  It is anticipated that water lines will need to be upsized on Quince and Grand.  The applicant submitted a parking study on May 13, 2019, to support the proposed reduction in the number of parking spaces.  The applicant met with Engineering and Planning staff on May 22, 2019 to discuss the driveway location and Development Agreement terms.  Fire has approved the proposed hydrant locations and revised plans are expected soon.  Project plans were resubmitted to the City on June 24, 2019.  The project has been scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing on September 10, 2019.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018. Comments included the need to evaluate the building construction type for fire purposes and consider the design standards in the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  Utilities has requested a sewer study to assess potential impacts to the nearby Lift Station 2.  A revised project design was routed to all departments on August 23, 2019.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included. A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  City comments on the design package was transmitted on August 2, 2019.  Comments on the screen check EIR were issued on August 27, 2019.  It is anticipated that the draft EIR will be released for public review and comment in mid to late fall.  A Planning Commission work session focused on project design and architecture has tentatively been scheduled for October 8, 2019.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. A demolition permit for the former packinghouse structures was submitted on February 14, 2019 and only needs utility shutoff before work starts.  Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  A vegetation removal permit was issued on March 21, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019.  Utilities has identified conflicts with drainage facilities in the second plan check.  Fire and Engineering provided comments on the second submittal of final engineering plans on May 22, 2019.  Planning comments on the final map, grading plans and landscape plans were sent to the applicant on June 21, 2019.  The project applicant is still working on the improvement plans.  Fire Department staff met with the applicant on August 2, 2019 to review a plan to privatize hydrant installation and maintenance.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Utilities is awaiting resubmittal of a full set of plans and met with the applicant on August 1 to review potential redesign options.  Planning approved the South landscape plan. 
  1. Pine Street Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) A five-story, 198-unit apartment complex with structured parking on 2.31 acres – A proposed planned development and Specific Plan Amendment for a new residential development on Third Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street in the Mercado District of the Downtown Specific Plan. The development proposal was submitted for initial review on August 2, 2019. Plans have been distributed to all departments.  The applicant recently notified staff that the project economics will require a significant redesign and that revised plans will be forthcoming.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on nine (9) applications for accessory dwelling units. Twenty-two (22) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 71 permits (including 27 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $804,705 including a tenant improvement for Starbucks located within the Albertson’s grocery store, located at 1509 E. Valley Pkwy.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 220 inspection requests. 176 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO. The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions and is awaiting a request for Final inspection of Bldg. 6.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.   Finish work continues to proceed and may take several weeks to complete. A Final Inspection will be performed once work is completed and requested by the contractor.
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed; an additional extension of the temporary Certificate of Occupancy was granted to Sept. 16th, 2019. 
  1. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has completed rough framing and drywall installation is on-going. Rough electrical inspection has been approved.  A temporary electrical service meter has been approved and released- this meter is for construction purposes only. The installation of exterior wall panels is on-going. Roof framing is complete and roof sheathing has been approved. The hold on inspections has been lifted by the Building Inspection staff, with the condition that no work is to be performed in the Bio-retention basin.  Plans to address the corrective measures for the Bio-retention basin are currently being reviewed by the Engineering Division.
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of floor sheathing on the 5th floor patio areas and loft and 3rd floor drywall approval of plumbing walls of Building B. Third floor sheathing for Building A and 1st and 2nd floor exterior shear walls have been approved.  Building B has had partial top out plumbing inspection approved.  Inspection staff is currently meeting with the builder and architect to work through construction issues on the site.

 

  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete. Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff observed progress in a recent site visit.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. Remaining Tilt up panels have been lifted into place. Roof framing construction is underway and once compete, staff will perform required inspections. Roof sheathing and 2nd floor pan deck has been approved.
  1. Models by KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen have been completed. Plan revisions have been submitted and are currently under review.  Staff has been informed by KB’s permit coordinator that a request for permit issuance for the first phase could be occurring within 2-3 weeks.  The number of homes in the first phase could total between 12-16 units.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The contractor is continuing to remove invasive plants along the channel between Valley Parkway and 3rd Avenue this week in preparation for grading the area. On the north end of the project the contractor is processing large rip rap boulders prior to shaping the new channel. Construction fencing has been installed along the entire length of North County Transit Center to provide a physical barrier between the workmen and the Sprinter Light Rail. Seventy-seven (77) working days remain on the contract.
  1. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. The installation of liners was started on Tuesday of last week along Fig Street and Omar Drive. Thirteen (13) days remain on the contract.
  1. El Norte Parkway Improvements – The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. The first day of construction coincided with the Notice to Proceed on Tuesday, September 3. This is day (1) of a one hundred twenty (120)-day project. Completion of the project is set for February 26, 2020. Submittals are continuing to be processed by staff.

 Private Development:

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community – No changes from that reported last week. The developer is set to begin removing damaged concrete improvements throughout the project. This work will be ongoing for the next two weeks.
  1. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week: The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  1. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. The water line syphon construction was completed this past week over a two-day operation.
  1. 1221 Gamble Street – Is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934. Encroachment permit and traffic control plans were approved this week.
  1. Veterans Village – No changes from that reported last week. It was determined after reporting on the project status last week that the Storm Water Certification has not been received. The bonds and securities will be placed on hold until this documentation is received.
  1. KB Homes Oak Creek Project – The grading operation is nearing completion. The offsite improvement plans for Hamilton Lane and Miler Avenue began on Tuesday of this week with saw cutting of the existing roadway along Hamilton Lane.
  1. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – The backfilling of the tank excavation has started in Parking Lot 4. Concrete improvements will be restored before the landscaping restoration later this week.
  1. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The water quality testing of the new water main began on Tuesday of this week. The onsite improvements were started this week; the offsite improvement will follow soon after.  
  1. Pradera by Lennar – The construction of 779’ of 12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue has begun. The testing of the temporary water main along Conway Drive has been completed. The homes along Conway Drive fronting the project will now be connected to the temporary water source.
  1. Henry Ranch Tract 920 - The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. The project currently has a Demo/Grading permit for clearing vegetation/trees and structures associated with the Henry Avocado Packing Plant that was located on the site.

GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Escondido Police Department has applied for FY 2019-20 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $38,882.  The Escondido Police Department proposes to use this year’s JAG allocation to fund two Police Patrol Technicians. These part-time members of the Police Department assist community members, support police officers, take police reports, process paperwork, and impound property. Patrol Technicians provide vital services to the community and allow front-line law enforcement officers to handle high-priority calls.