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Residential developer to preserve Escondido’s tree lighting tradition

Artist’s conception of the latest design for the tree that will be atop the Integral Communities development that will eventually replace the old Palomar Hospital.

Palomar Heights will continue decades-old practice of heralding in the holiday season with a rooftop holiday tree of lights, keeping the ritual alive in Escondido on the apartment complex that will replace the old hospital. 

Integral Communities and Palomar Health this week announced plans to continue the decades-long tradition of featuring a holiday tree of lights on the roof of Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido, atop their proposed Palomar Heights apartment development. Located at the corner of East Valley Parkway & Grand Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, the lighting of the hospital’s tree has widely been considered the unofficial kick-off of the holiday season in Escondido.

“Incorporating the holiday tree design has always been a priority for our Palomar Heights project, and we’re excited to share our initial rendering with the community,” said Lance Waite, principal of Integral Communities. “In addition to paving the way for highly sought-after urban living, Palomar Heights will serve as a gateway to a revitalized downtown area while respecting as many of Palomar Health’s beloved traditions as possible. Preserving the tree is at the top of our list.” 

“People from all over the region tell us about their special connection to Palomar Health, whether their child was born there, or they always looked forward to the annual tree lighting,” said Palomar Health Chief Executive Officer Diane Hansen. “We are confident in our partnership with Integral Communities and have been impressed with their response to preserving the character and tradition Palomar Health started many years ago.”  

Integral Communities is a real estate development company committed to creating new opportunities for land planning through innovative designs that revitalize culture and community. The plan for the Palomar Heights project is currently in process, with construction estimated to start toward the end of 2019.

Proposed at the Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido site, Palomar Heights is a 510-unit, mixed-use, for sale and for rent apartment project. Palomar Heights seeks to complement the existing downtown businesses and provide much-needed housing for the City of Escondido. 

Integral Communities is a leading developer in the real estate industry, with projects throughout California and locally across the Highway 78 corridor. Their strategy is to use creative and innovative designs to transform and enhance communities. Integral’s unique philosophy and ethic keep them among the leading diversified real estate development companies in the West. 


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