Escondido Country Club: Debate over proposed development continues
Abbie Alford, Reporter, October 24, 2017
(NEWS 8) For years people living near the former Escondido
Country Club have debated over a plan to build houses on the
abandoned golf course.
Santa Monica developer New Urban West wants to build The Villages,
a development plant that includes 380 powered homes.
Tuesday, the Escondido Planning Commission considered approving
the proposal and for two hours those in favor of the housing
project said they just want to move on from the long saga
that has plagued their neighborhood.
love the four miles of walking trails and the 42 percent preserved
open space," said Miles Grimes, with Renew Our Country
Club group, ROCC.
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Escondido Chamber of Commerce said it supports housing like
the proposed plan, but those against it said they are disappointed
the Planning Commission is moving forward for a City Council
want something reasonable and we want to be responsible,
said Mike Slater, president of the Escondido Country Club
Homeowners Organization, ECCHO.
development plan has gained the support of the ROCC group
to revive the land that was once a jewel.
the clubhouse is an attraction for the undesirable in our
community. There is graffiti gang signs and severe vandalism,
said one supporter.
ECCHO has been fighting any proposed development arguing
its too dense for its zoning, traffic congestion and
would rather see half the number of homes on the property.
notion of blighted condition, this is the wrong place to put
his purpose, said ECCHO attorney and opponent, Everett
Frankel, with New Urban West Project Management, said what
can each of us do this week, this month, this year to be part
of the solution.
City Council is scheduled to vote on the villages housing
project on November 15.
2014, voters defeated Prop H, which stopped a larger housing
development on the former country club, owned by Michael Schlesinger
who at the time was accused of dumping chicken manure
on the land as retaliation against opponents.