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Project Overview - Phase I

On January 10th of 2022, the City will begin the Phase 1 construction of the Grand Avenue Vision Project. This page will be continuously updated with the latest information from the City. The first project concept meetings began in 2015. Learn more about the visioning and planning process for the project here

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Latest Updates

10/28/21 - Downtown Business Association Informational Meeting held at the Ritz on Grand Avenue 5:30 p.m.

9/29/21 - City Council approved $5 million to complete Phase II of the project.

Construction Timeline - When the City receives official construction team timelines and updates, they will appear here.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will construction begin and end?

Construction will begin on January 10, 2022 and end in April, 2022. K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed on the first week of January, 2022, and impacted businesses are asked to remove their outdoor dining areas the first week of January as well. 

What areas are going to be affected by the construction?

New street lights with festoon (string) lighting will be installed on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street. Sidewalk will be widened on the North side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway. Pavement resurfacing and re-striping will occur on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.

What is being installed or modified?

The project will permanently narrow Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street, widen the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Ave from Broadway to Maple Street, add diagonal parking to create a net total of 45 more parking spaces, and install new light fixtures and overhead string lighting.
 

What will happen to the K-rails (concrete barriers) during construction?

Wherever the concrete barriers conflict with the construction, the barriers will be removed as necessary. After Phase I construction is complete, the barriers may be returned wherever the sidewalk was not widened. Additionally, in the areas where barriers return, a business may continue outdoor dining.

What if I want to keep my outdoor setup permanently?

The sidewalk will be widened on the North side of Grand Avenue, between Maple Street and Broadway and concrete barriers will not be returned at this location as they will no longer be required for outdoor dining. After Phase I construction is complete, the concrete barriers may be returned where sidewalk was not widened. Phase II will widen sidewalks on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street.

What will happen to the existing light posts?

Existing light posts in the project area will be removed and salvaged. New light fixtures will be installed at the top of 22-foot-tall light poles along with festoon (string) lighting which will cross over the street.
NOTE: Businesses with a yellow dot in front of their business must clear the surrounding area at least 10 feet in all directions.

Visit the Grand Ave Vision Project FAQ to read more. Email your questions to business@escondido.org. 

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What's Next? Phase II Plan for 2023

City Council approved $5M in funding for Phase II on September 29, 2021.

Engineering team will set meetings in January, 2022 with downtown businesses by block to discuss Phase II.

  • Engineering Design 2022
  • Construction 2023