Escondido country club housing project gets council approval
Abby Gibbi, November 16, 2017
Calif. -- A proposed housing development in Escondido has
neighbor pitted against neighbor.
five hours of public testimony and before an overflow crowd,
Escondido City Council approved Wednesday The Villages
housing development by a 3-2 vote.
development is to be built on the 109 acres of the abandoned
Escondido Country Club.
lined up for hours to speak before the council over the developer's,
New Urban West, plans to build 380 homes on the property owned
by Michael Schlesinger, a Beverly Hills businessman who bought
the country club in 2012 and soon after shuttered and fenced
the plan were Mayor Sam Abed and Deputy Mayor John Masson.
men said they felt 380 units was too dense for the area and
would create too much traffic. Masson said a bunch of two-story
buildings would be jammed onto a golf course surrounded by
one-story older homes.
community will look like a sea of garages, he said.
this month, the Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization,
comprised of more than 300 property owners in the country
club neighborhood, will meet to decide how to proceed. Options
include filing a lawsuit challenging the decision or pursuing
a referendum that would ask city voters next year to overturn
the councils vote, said ECCHO president Mike Slater.