Escondido, CA

ECCHO, NUWI nowhere near agreement on future of Country Club land

New Urban West Inc. (NUWI) the developer of the old Escondido Country Club property and the owners represented by Escondido Country Club Home Owners (ECCHO) seem to be far away from a meeting of the minds as to how large the development should be as well as whether residents should be assessed in order to pay for amenities.

NUWI issued this statement on Tuesday: “Over the last several months, we have met personally with hundreds of country club residents to listen to their thoughts and ideas, their dreams and desires. Guided by their input, we have created a plan that features an expansive greenbelt and other amenities that will bring back the social fabric of the community that was once so vibrant. What we are proposing is a financially viable plan that will help breathe new life into a community that has suffered for far too long. Our hope is that we can move forward with continued input from the community as our collective work progresses toward an approved project.— New Urban West

ECCHO appears to be gearing up for another fight. Last week the ECCHO board issued what sounded like a call to arms to the 2,000 or so residents of the area.

In the statement the ECCHO board wrote: “On November 4, 2014, Esconsee dido Voters soundly defeated Proposition ‘H,’ an initiative that would have allowed a developer to build in excess of 400 homes on designated open space property in the Country Club area.

Recently, New Urban West, Inc. (NUWI), in a private meeting this week with approximately 20-25 select residents, announced they would propose a Specific Plan for the property to do the following: • Build a number of houses from the high 300’s to the low 400’s • Average lot size would be just 4,000 square feet • All two-story houses from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet • The planning of houses clustered in 3 villages •Trails and restaurant open to the public • A possible membership for outsiders to access the HOA-based club house

The statement declares: “Now it appears that NUWI is not going to engage in discussions with the ECCHO BoD or the larger ECCHO community, as was previously agreed!”

The board will be holding another community meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 5:30–7 p.m. at Life Church, 1001 W. Country Club Lane.

Michael Schlesinger of Caught in the Rough, still owns the property, but as per an agreement with the city, has given the development to NUWI. If NUWI comes up with a development that pencils out it will purchase the land from Schlesinger.

NUWI has held several open houses and meetings with Country Club area residents.

NUWI says that it has surveys that show that a preponderance of those surveyed “tell us we are on the right track.”

ECCHO claims that it has emails in which 60% of those expressing opinions came down against what they had heard so far.

Both “surveys” came out before NUWI’s most recent proposal was released.

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