Plans to convert a former trash-recycling plant near San Elijo Hills into a production studio for movies and TV shows are uncertain once again. In 2004, the San Marcos City Council approved the land-use change to allow the project to go forward. Despite rave reviews, two New York producers scrapped plans to develop a studio with a six-story office building in 2005. Last year, it appeared that a studio development was on track again under a new owner, San Diego-based Loma San Marcos LLC. John Bailey, who was leasing the property, had grand plans for the 190,000-square-foot building and the 14 acres it sits on.But Bailey is no longer working on the site, and his proposal also may be in trouble. CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE UT ARTICLE
Entertainment industry vet tries to convert former trash-recycling plant into a production studio San Marcos | A bright future is seen for 14-acre building
By Linda Lou
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 30, 2007
A concrete building near a closed county landfill appears bland from the outside until John Bailey, an entertainment industry veteran, begins opening doors and explaining its potential. Bailey is trying to convert the former trash-recycling plant in San Elijo Hills into the county’s largest studio for producing movies, TV shows and commercials. The gently used facility has lofty ceilings, quiet surroundings and is close to Los Angeles, he said. In other words, it is ideal.
“Listen; there is no sound,” Bailey said as he stood on the 14.1-acre property during a recent site tour. “We only have to contain the sound inside. Out here, you hear a hawk every now and then. There is no traffic.” READ THE ENTIRE UT ARTICLE
Plans to turn a former trash-recycling plant in southwest San Marcos into a TV and film studio are back. The interior of the trash-recycling plant in San Marcos may soon house film and TV production facilities. The 190,000-square-foot county plant was closed in 1995 after it became too expensive to operate. In 2004, the City Council approved plans to convert the 15-acre site into a film and TV production facility. It also changed its land-use zoning from solid waste to “movie studio and light-industrial.” But a deal to move forward on the proposed project fell through, and the project appeared to be dead.On Wednesday, however, the county Board of Supervisors approved a request from a new property owner to change deed restrictions on the site. They had allowed uses related to solid waste, but county staff members have determined that film production is an appropriate use.
John Bailey, the project manager for the new owner, said there are big improvements ahead. He said six to 10 studio soundstages will be built and the entire building soundproofed. Fiber-optic cables will be installed, he said, and there are plans to transform the building into a state-of-the-art facility that would allow both pre-and post-production work.
Renovations inside the building are expected to start within six months, Bailey said. Currently, architects are drawing designs, but exterior work, such as installing a traffic light, has begun, he said. Bailey said he is negotiating contracts with a few production companies. How quickly stages get built would be determined by the production companies he signs with, he said. Relations with the city of San Marcos have been cooperative, and final agreements are close to being worked out, Bailey said.
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The San Marcos Planning Commission is scheduled to hold its last hearing Tuesday 1/17/11 on the city’s general plan update. On the agenda is discussion of whether to use a former San Elijo Hills area recycling center as a movie studio or business park.
As the City of San Marcos winds down its two-year general plan update process, a series of public hearings will be held in January and February to get final comments from residents and other interested parties on the proposed plan. The final public hearings are slated for January 9, 12 and 17 (planning commission hearings) at 6:30 pm and January 31, February 7 and 14 (city council meetings) at 6 pm.
All meetings will take place in the City Council Chamber at 1 Civic Center Drive except for the meetings on January 31 and February 7. Those meetings will be held at Mission Hills High School, 1 Mission Hills Court, on January 31 and at High Tech High, 1960 West San Marcos Boulevard, on February 7.
These final public hearings come on the heels of 12 public workshops and more than 20 public meetings with the General Plan Advisory Committee to refine the city’s new blueprint for development, land use, mobility, open space, resource conservation and safety.
More information about the general plan update is available at www.ourcityourfuture.com.
San Elijo Life had an informative conversation with Jason and Scott Simmons. They are two brothers that have grown up in San Marcos and their company they are affiliated with are the developers of this project. Their father also has a historical footprint here in San Marcos as a developer. They are very focused in connecting with the community by providing information on this project. They want to be available to speak and/or meet with anyone to answer questions, hear your feedback and solutions. This is a preview of information on this project and a more detailed article from us is coming soon. They provided this statement below for our San Elijo Life readers to learn more about Copper Hills. The site is a treasure for local residents to hike, bike, run and play and we encourage everyone to go and enjoy the spring green hills and familiarize yourself with the site. The old dump and it’s safety along with the long history of old recycling center are important parts of this area and the history before and during the existence of San Elijo Hills. Traffic, school crowding and designated open space are topics that should be part of the community discussion.
Just southwest of San Elijo Hills town center, nestled in between Old Creek Ranch and the old recycling center, is a little know gem of a property now known as Copper Hills.
You may have hiked or biked from the old recycling center gates on this property on your way to Copper Creek trailheads or the old Copper Mines southwest of San Elijo Hills. The property is currently located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, but is being proposed to annex into the City of San Marcos. This will give us in San Elijo Hills and San Marcos a voice in the proposed uses for the site.
While most of the land will remain in open space; a portion will be developed into usable residential and commercial as well as park space and recreation opportunities. This is the last spot along San Elijo Road that could fulfill some of the needs of the community that have been missing. Potential uses include community gathering facilities, trail access and parking, large park area, a Boys and Girls Club and Teen Center, a skate park, outdoor basketball courts, community pools, congregate care for seniors, family restaurants and breweries as well as a top notch residential community by respected high end builder Colrich Communities, who has built some beautiful communities in San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch.
The developer is actively developing solutions for traffic concerns and while the elementary school will be Carrillo, they understand school impact concerns and will be addressing those with the public’s involvement. Your direct input to the developer is much appreciated and welcomed.
The Bieri Companies, who has owned the property since 2003; however has been working in San Marcos since the 1980’s and is responsible for CSUSM and areas around it is much appreciated developments. Local land planning firm CCI or Consultants Collaborative has been involved from the beginning and both principals live in San Elijo Hills. All 3 firms involved are local and family owned. Please visit www.ExploreCopperHills.com for more information and direct contact information.
Following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events for The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA):
Movie Night June 12th
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Disney’s Academy Award winning Big Hero 6 (rated PG) as part of our summer movie series! From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”
Big Hero 6 will be shown on Friday, June 12th at the upper sports field (Hilltop Field) of San Elijo Park. Pre-show activities (including bounce houses, a sticky wall and more!) will begin at 6:00PM and the movie will start at sunset (around 8:00PM). Remember to bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets for lawn seating! A few food trucks will be there and will have a variety of food & refreshments for purchase. A portion of the proceeds benefit the San Elijo Hills Foundation.
Special Delivery! Liz McCardle continues to compliment the Management team and has now transitioned as the new onsite Community Director. Liz will also continue supporting the Board of Directors and Architectural Review Committee through the management of community-building activities and the architectural approval process. Interested in modifying your yard? Freshening up the paint to your home? Now you may simply complete an Architectural Application along with the necessary plans and head on down to the Visitor’s Center! Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or by
firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other Association related matters, please contact the Community Association Manager, Rebecca McDonald, or her assistant Michael Farinelli at 760-431-2522.
Did you know…June 21st marks the Summer Solstice, or longest day of the year? It is also the official first day of summer. Come join us on Saturday, June 20th to celebrate the start of one of our favorite seasons! The event will be held from 12:00PM–3:00PM at the upper sports field (Hilltop Field) of San Elijo Park.
Activities will include crafts, carnival games, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, musical entertainment, food, refreshments and other fun surprises! Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and camera to take lots of fun pictures!
Please note: this event is for San Elijo Hills residents only. If you have any questions about the Summer Celebration or community in general, please contact the Community Director at email@example.com or (760) 798-9015.
Water Restrictions Effective June 1st
San Diegans will now be able to only water their yards twice a week as part of the statewide water restrictions that went into effect June 1st. Houses with addresses that end in odd numbers can irrigate on Sunday and Thursday, while those ending in even numbers can water on Wednesday and Saturday. Any watering can now only be done between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. for a maximum of five minutes per day. Fines for those found wasting water will range anywhere from $100 to $1,000.
Please remember to keep your yard weed free and maintained to ensure our community continues to look its best!
Please note the following corrections regarding water restrictions:
On May 20, 2015, Vallecitos’ Board of Directors adopted emergency drought restrictions under Ordinance 195 that limits all outdoor irrigation, excluding certified agricultural or commercial growers, during the months of June through October to 2 unassigned days per week/8 minutes per station. If demands are not reduced by 24%, additional enforcement may be needed and the District may need to reduce watering to 1 assigned day per week.
For more information, please visit the Vallecitos website.
Fourth of July Celebrations
There are several spots around town to celebrate the 4th of July in true patriotic fashion! Here are a few that you may want to check out:
San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
Location: Bradley Park, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
Red, White and BOOM!
Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 PM, a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
***Firework displays subject to change. Be sure to confirm the shows prior to attending!***
Spring has sprung here in San Elijo Hills! There are still a few spaces available in our Calistoga community garden for rent! Participating in the garden is a great way to work on your green thumb and witness the fruits of your labor as your seedlings begin to sprout! If you are interested in reserving one of the planters, please contact Liz McCardle at firstname.lastname@example.org. The yearly lease fee is $50.00 (plus a $25.00 refundable key deposit) and the planter is yours until March 31, 2016.
Spring Fling/Pirate Party Has Been Rescheduled – July 25, 2015
Ahoy me mateys! Hoist up your mainsails! San Elijo Hills is calling all pirates for Saturday, July 25th at the upper field of the San Elijo Park (Hilltop) from 12:00PM3:00PM. Activities will include: Pirate Craft Station, Lawn Games, Treasure Hunt, Obstacle Course & bounce houses, Face Painting, Concessions including popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy. And more fun surprises!
So, there’s a few days left till Valentine’s Day, and let me guess…you’re still stuck on that perfect gift idea?
Throughout the year we show our loved ones how much we care for them by doing little things for them each day. But we are so busy with work, school, kids, and other activities that it’s sometimes hard to always show our love and appreciation to the people we care about. For most of us, February 14 is a day that we take some time away from everyday life to spend with our loved ones, and to do a little something out of the ordinary to express how much they mean to us. It doesn’t matter if it’s small or big, cheap or expensive, all that matters is the thought we put into it. But how do we come up with these special romantic gift ideas!? Well…if you’re still with me, consider yourself lucky!
In today’s day and age, there is a wide variety of exciting and creative gifts available for reasonable prices. They range from categories in personalization, jewelry, trips/events, food, accessories, clothing and much more!
Here are some great local San Elijo Hills gift ideas:
Postal Annex – Many cute valentine’s day gifts to choose from
Ignite Yoga Fusion Studio – Buy your loved one a month membership to the Yoga Studio
French Nails and Spa – Treat her/him to a manicure or pedicure
Albertsons – A wide variety of flowers and Valentine’s Day teddy bears and chocolates
Starbucks – Starbucks gift cards or mugs are always a warm gift
Yogurt Utopia – Go for some frozen yogurt for an after lunch treat
Places to go:
Double Peak Park – Beautiful views of North County and amazing sunsets
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve – Lovely trails leading to clear blue views of the reserve
Some other good places nearby are:
Canapés Restaurant – Has a wonderful Valentine’s Day special! Share a 5-course meal for 2 ($85)
Old California Restaurant Row – Can’t decide where to eat? Check out your options!
Edwards Cinema – Treat yourselves to a romantic movie
AMF Eagle Lanes – Go bowling and challenge each other
We know that San Elijo Hills residents mostly consist of family’s. Some fun ideas to do with your kids on Valentine’s Day include making crafts, cards, decorations, and baking Valentine’s Day cookies or cakes. Some games parents can play with their kids are scavenger and treasure hunts, piñatas, and Valentine’s Day contests. Liz Bolton Stables offers lessons for children as well as adults click here to purchase a riding package for Valentine’s.
San Elijo Life – Staff Blogger