History of Property & Project

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  • Formerly a mining site, the El Corazon property was given to the City in 1994 by Silica Sand Mining Company
  • In 1995 the City Council directed staff to initiate a program for the development of a long-range use plan for El Corazon
  • In 1995 a green waste/compost recycling facility opened in the northeast portion of the site, where the City's green waste is recycled
  • In 1996 reclamation work was begun to stabilize slopes and to eliminate the pooling of groundwater
  • In 1997 a Vision Plan was prepared to assess how the range of land uses identified for El Corazon could be accommodated on the site 1997 Vision Plan: Illustration Acrobat icon (2.85 MB)
  • In 2003 Council established a 15-member El Corazon Planning Committee to make recommendations on the future use of El Corazon and oversee the completion of a conceptual master plan
  • In 2004 the portion of Rancho del Oro Drive between Mesa Drive and Oceanside Boulevard was completed and opened
  • In 2005 the City Council approved a Conceptual Master Plan for the El Corazon site Final Approved Master Plan, approved in 2005 - Full Version Acrobat icon (13.85 MB)
  • In 2005 the El Corazon Planning Committee was disbanded, and in November 2005 the new 10-member Council-appointed El Corazon Oversight Committee was established to oversee the development of the Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report for the site
  • On June 3, 2009, the El Corazon Specific Plan and related Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) were approved, with the addition of up to 300 vertical mixed-use units, by the City Council at a public hearing on June 3, 2009
  • Also on June 3, the City Council authorized staff to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to qualified parties interested in participating in the development of El Corazon. The RFQ was issued in late-September with a January 27, 2010, deadline for submissions. El Corazon Request for Qualifications Acrobat icon (72.3 KB)
  • On June 6, 2009 the City's El Corazon Senior Center was opened on seven acres in the southeast area of the site, providing a 1,500-square-foot building. El Corazon Senior Center
  • On September 9, 2009, the amended Specific Plan and FEIR, including the June 3 modifications, were fully approved by the City Council. To view these documents, click on the following links
  • On November 4, 2009, the City Council adopted a resolution to establish the El Corazon Commission (ECC) and approved the bylaws. This new Commission, which will act in an advisory capacity to both the Planning Commission and the City Council during the development of the El Corazon project, will be comprised of ten members, including four members of the El Corazon Oversight Committee.
  • On June 23, 2010, the City Council authorized staff to apply for grant funds from the State of California Proposition 84 Nature Education Facilities Grant program. If the grant funds are awarded, they will be allocated to the El Corazon Habitat Trail.
  • On October 6, 2010, the City Council approved the appointments of 10 regular members to the El Corazon Commission: Diane Nygaard, Margaret Hernandez, Jerry Salyer, and Joan Bockman (former members of the El Corazon Oversight Committee), as well as Vanessa Webster, Hugh LaBounty, Sharon Dudzinski, Elaine Barton, Ruth Szabados, and Tina Ortiz. The first meeting of the El Corazon Commission is tentatively set for early 2011.
  • On December 8, 2010, the City Council approved the Request for Proposals for the development of El Corazon.  RFP Acrobat icon (1.19 MB)
  • On May 18, 2011, the City Council took action on a number of Advisory Group consolidations.  As part of that action, responsibility for continuing oversight of the El Corazon project was assumed by the Economic Development Commission.  On June 22, 2011, the City Council approved revisions to the EDC’s bylaws to reflect the addition of El Corazon issues.  For more information regarding the EDC, please visit the EDC page.
  • On August 9, 2011, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) approved the El Corazon Ad Hoc Committee’s and staff’s recommendations to select Sudberry Properties/Soccer Field of Dreams as the developer for El Corazon.  EDC Staff Report and Attachments Acrobat icon (14.90 MB) 
  • On August 31, 2011, the City Council unanimously approved the selection of Sudberry Properties/Soccer Field of Dreams as the developer for El Corazon. Council Staff Report and Attachments Acrobat icon (159 KB)
  • On November 30, 2011, the City Council approved an exclusive negotiation agreement with Sudberry Development, Inc., as the developer, to enter into a Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) for the development of El Corazon. Council Staff Report and Attachments Acrobat icon (491 KB)
  • On May 1, 2012, the EDC created the El Corazon Standing Committee.
  • On January 2, 2013, Council approved a Recreational Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) with Sudberry, Inc., including an athletic fields lease agreement for the development of multi-use fields.  Council also approved a DDA for commercial development and the balance of the recreational area development at El Corazon.  Council approved plans for grading a portion of El Corazon pursuant to the Reclamation Plan and authorized City Engineer to call for bids.  Recreational Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) with Sudberry, Inc.  (5.08 MB)
  • On February 27, 2013, City Council considered approval of an easment to SDG&E for utility purposes, to serve the relocated Agri-service, Inc. operation located in El Corazon
  • Moody's is permitted to remain on site until November 2027
  • Agri-Service is permitted to remain on site until October 2025
  • On February 26, 2013, the City obtained and opened bids to determine the estimated cost for the El Corazon Plan Grading Project.  The bids came in higher than the maximum amount authorized by Council; consequently, bids were rejected by Council
  • Staff revised the El Corazon Reclamation Plan Grading Project and issued a request, obtained and opened new bids for grading.  The lowest bid was $1,400,000
  • On June 26, 2013, Council approved the award of contract to grade the site.  Contract  (43 KB)
  • Sudberry has until September 4, 2013, to conduct and complete its due diligence
  • Sudberry's Development Plan was submitted to staff by June 30, 2013
  • The comment period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) closed.  The City received a number of comment letters:  State and Federal Wildlife Services, Sierra Club, Friends of El Corazon, and Friends of Loma Alta Creek.  Staff is currently formulating responses to comments. 
  • The Mitigated Negative Declaration is expected to be approved by September, 2013.
  • On August 7, 2013, Council approved two Professional Service Agreements related to temporary field development.  One is for soils compaction testing, engineering and geological inspections.  The other is for construction staking. Staff Report on PSA - Geological Engineering and Testing  (236 KB) and  Staff Report on PSA - Construction Staking   (254.9 KB)
  • Due to the extension of the due diligence period, the tentative groundbreaking date has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 14, 2013.  This will also allow the Planning Commission to take action on the MND.
  • The Oceanside Tide, the City's e-newlsetter, contained an article on El Corazon in its August 2013 issue. 
  • The due diligence period closed on September 4, 2013.
  • Agri-Service completed their move from the athletic field site.
  • On October 1, 2013, the EDC El Corazon Standing Committee unanimously recommended that the Planning Commission adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and approve the Development Plan. 
  • On October 7, 2013, the Planning Commission adopted the MND and approved the Development Plan.