From opening new parks to repaving roads and kicking off new developments, there is already a lot underway in San Marcos in 2017. Here is a quick rundown of just some of the things happening in the city so far this year.
Richmar Park Grand Opening Scheduled for Feb. 3
The City of San Marcos will add another new park this month with the grand opening of Richmar Park, which is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 5PM at 110 Richmar Avenue. The opening event will include a dedication ribbon cutting, lawn games and live music.
The 1.8-acre park took about one year to complete and will feature a children’s play area, picnic and social spaces, walking paths, a performance area, and a central shade structure. The project was funded by a $2 million statewide parks grant. It becomes the city’s 34th park. (That’s right, there are now 34 parks in San Marcos, with more on the way.)
Rancho Santa Fe Road Receiving A Pavement Makeover
Like many in the community, I spent a good chunk of my holiday vacation stuck in traffic on Ranch Sante Fe Road. Not good. Rancho Santa Fe Road from Lakeridge Drive to Descanso Avenue will continue to be under construction through April. Sorry about that. No pain, no gain (and no more potholes).
Most road repairs will take place during daytime hours and involve intermittent southbound and northbound single lane closures throughout the project. Although the city is doing its best to minimize the impact and maintain two-way traffic, traffic delays are expected.
The city’s advice during the project: Avoid the area when possible or leave early to allow extra travel time. And thank you for your patience while this important project is underway.
With an anticipated completion this spring, the $3 million Rancho Santa Fe Road facelift will restore the roadway and extend the life of the driving surfaces. (That means no potholes – the gain part.)
Updated schedules and anticipated traffic impacts are available at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork. Traffic alerts will also be published to the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@sanmarcoscity.)
Take Your Best Shot
The City of San Marcos is hosting its annual “Best of San Marcos” photo contest. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images that capture the “Best of San Marcos” – natural beauty, recreational activities, architectural points of interest, as well as people enjoying San Marcos parks and trails, sporting and special events, and other community programs. All entries must be submitted in a digital, TIFF or JPEG format online by February 22.
Winning entries will be published in the San Marcos 360 News and Recreation Guide and other City publications. Winners will also receive “San Marcos Bucks,” which are redeemable towards one session of any enrichment camp or specialty class, subject to availability. More information and complete participation details are available on the city web site: www.san-marcos.net.
I get a lot of questions from residents about the construction that is going on around town. Here is a brief update from the city on some of the development that is currently underway in San Marcos:
Marc San Marcos – Currently under construction, the 416-unit community will feature a one-acre public park and 15,000 square feet of retail along Armorlite Drive. Marc San Marcos neighbors public transportation, including the SPRINTER rail line, Palomar College, retail shopping and will allow residents to live, work and play within one neighborhood.
North City (University District) – North City, also known as the University District Specific Plan Area, is a 214-acre planned development across from Cal State San Marcos located on both sides of Twin Oaks Valley Road. With the Quad and Block C complete and other retail projects in the works, a major piece of San Marcos’ downtown core is taking shape. A four-story, 59,000-square-foot commercial building is currently under construction and will be home to a vocational school – Pima Medical Institute.
Brookfield Residential Properties –With grading almost complete and building plans currently under review, the residential project will bring more than 340 single-family homes along Twin Oaks Valley Road south of Craven Road. Brookfield’s goal is to begin construction of model homes representing four unique and separate neighborhoods early this year with an anticipated Model Grand Opening in late April 2017.
East Gate – Currently under construction and nearing completion, East Gate will offer 42 multi-family homes and more than 8,513 square feet of retail/commercial space in the San Marcos Creek District at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and Creekside Drive.
San Marcos Creek District Bridges – Beginning in late 2017, residents can expect to see crews begin critical utility work in advance of construction on a new four-lane bridge spanning San Marcos Creek on Via Vera Cruz, a two-lane bridge on Bent Avenue, and widening of Discovery Street between the bridges. Bridge construction is expected to begin in Fall 2018.