510-Unit Mixed-Use Development Heads to Escondido Planning Commission
Tomorrow, the Escondido Planning Commission will consider a proposal to develop a 510-dwelling unit mixed-use development with up to 10,000 square feet (SF) of commercial space in the Historic Downtown District of Escondido.
The ‘Palomar Heights’ project, proposed by Integral Communities, would include 238 for-rent apartments, 90 for-rent senior apartments, and 162 for-sale row-homes and villas. It would also include open space and recreational amenities such as a pool/spa and clubhouse, a gym, a dog park, and two pocket parks with outdoor seating.
The current site, located on a 13.84-acre site at the eastern end of the Downtown Specific Plan Area, is occupied by the former Palomar Hospital, a medical office, and a small retail building. The current structures would be demolished to make way for the proposed development.
The project would contain three multi-level apartment buildings, 72 rowhomes in 11 buildings, and 90 villas in nine buildings. The largest of the proposed apartment buildings would be about 300,000 SF and include commercial space and the emblematic tower element of the project. The second apartment building would be 132,700 SF, and the third will be 77,840 SF. The 11 row home buildings would be located on the southeastern portion of the site, and the nine villa buildings would be located near the middle of the site. The senior apartment building would be located on the western portion of the project site and be 113,506 SF in size. The project would include 849 on-site parking spaces in ground-level parking garages located in the apartment buildings.
The apartment buildings, designed by Summa Architecture, would be made from a variety of materials including stucco, brick veneer, and siding, and colors would predominantly include various shades of off-white, beige/tan, and grey stucco, grey siding, and grey and red brick. The architectural design of the row houses and villas will be similar to that of the apartment buildings and have variations in height and roof pitches.