Update: Montecito Indoor Pool Maintenance

Update: The contractor has repaired the leaks for the Indoor Pool. The Indoor Pool will reopen Tuesday, October 19, at 10:00 a.m.

Thank you and we appreciate your patience during the closure of the Indoor Pool.

Common Area Overseeding Updates

The reopening of the Phase I Dog Park will be delayed from Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22. The additional days will allow for better growth of the fall overseeded rye grass.

During this time, the North Channel Park will remain open to Friday, October 22.

Click Here To See the Full Overseeding Schedule

For questions, please contact the Facilities Department, at 760-345-4349 Ext. 2406.

Thank you.

Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

SCSH Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC)
Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

As many of you have noticed, there are ongoing changes to our Common Area landscaping. The objectives are to evolve the landscape theme to address the need to refurbish the landscaping that consists of shrubs and trees that were planted starting in 2003 in Phase 1 and completed in Phase 3 in 2016.

What we face: In order to make the community landscaping look well-established, the developer significantly over-planted each Phase. Shrubs were planted too close together to allow them to grow to their normal size, thereby necessitating frequent pruning to keep them from encroaching on walkways, streets, and buildings. The frequent pruning stresses the plants and results in woody stems and reduced foliage.

Trees were planted that were not appropriate for the limited space where they were planted (e.g. next to buildings and walls, in roadway medians, between curbs and sidewalks, and too close together). Consequently, the trees that encroach on the roadways, walkways and buildings have had to be severely and frequently pruned which stresses the trees and makes them susceptible to attacks by wood boring beetles and diseases. Further, our experience has shown that certain species that were planted do not tolerate the prolonged high temperatures we experience each summer.

Maintenance of the landscaping in the last five years has included significant efforts in removing shrubs to reduce planting density and introducing alternative species which are better suited to the desert environment.

As a guide to making decisions on replacement plant and tree species, the LAC has focused on three objectives:

  1. Enhance the appearance of our common area landscaping.
  2. Reduce maintenance costs.
  3. Conserve the use of water, particularly in the areas irrigated with domestic water supply.

To help guide the evolution of our landscape design, the Board of Directors approved the addition of a Landscape Coordinator (Ruben Servin) to the DRM Facilities Maintenance Staff and a Landscape Architect as a Consultant (Chris Hermann, Hermann Design Group, Inc.), who are experienced in dealing with the landscape challenges of the Coachella Valley climate. This team, along with our very experienced and knowledgeable landscape maintenance contractor, Vintage Landscape are working to achieve our objectives.

After discussions with Chris Hermann about the state of our landscaping, the challenges, and the desire to evolve to a more maintainable and suitable landscape for our location, he provided a design concept which is focused on integration of annual flowers, colorful flowering shrubs and drought tolerant species of trees, with desert plants and hardscape. Vintage Landscape also worked with the LAC to define a Plant Palette for our community which is based on species which are adapted to the climate. The photos below show the theme as designed by Hermann Design Group.

Demonstration planting on the north side of the Montecito Clubhouse.

Before Landscape Renovation
After Landscape Renovation

Applied landscape theme to Montecito Tennis Courts Entrance

Landscape activities this summer have included changes to the Phase 3 Main Gate the Jefferson Street Gate and landscaping on the north side of Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito Clubhouse and Fitness Center, the Montecito Clubhouse swimming pool and preparation for planting the fall color flowers.

The changes to the landscaping at the Phase 3 Main Gate were: (1) remove the plants and palms that had grown too large for the area; (2) lower the chlorine concentration in the water in the fountain so that over-spray of the plants did not kill them due to higher levels of chlorine; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and decorative groundcover rock to the area around the fountain; (4) plant fall color flowers in the pots on the fountain; and (5) expand the color planting areas in front of the monument sign and along each side of North Sun City Boulevard at the entrance. The flowers are scheduled to be planted on October 18.

The changes to the Jefferson Street Gate include: (1) remove of the hedge blocking the view of the fountain; (2) prepare the planter in front of the fountain for fall color flowers; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and add decorative groundcover rock; and (4) expand the planter bed in front of the monument sign and plant fall color flowers.

The changes on Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito area include: (1) remove dying Sumac trees and over-grown shrubs, (2) plant Golden Barrels, Bougainvillea and Russelia; and (3) add groundcover rock accents and species of trees yet to be selected.

The photos below are examples of the areas to receive flowering shrubs.

 

Note: All of these projects are in process and will be completed by early November. The hot summer months are not suitable for planting new plants and flowers, consequently we are waiting for the cooler weather to plant the plants and finish these projects. Planting of the flowers includes removal of the spring flowers that died in the summer heat, aerating the soil and adding fertilizer prior to planting. These are the flowers that the committee selected that will appear in the pots in front of the Montecito Clubhouse, the Montecito Fitness Center, the HOA office, and the SCSH entrance gates beginning October 18.

  1. Planter areas - Geraniums – a combination mixture of orange, hot pink, and violet

   

  1. Pots – Petunias - Shockwave Rose, Denim, and Violet

   

Enjoy the fall season!

Update: Street Striping – Avenida Sombra

Project Update: Due to recent rainfall, the project was postponed to Wednesday, October 6.

Project: Street Striping
Location: Phase 2, Sun City Blvd. & Avenida Sombra Intersection
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 6, the contractor will be re-striping the street lines and legends at the intersection of Sun City Blvd. and Avenida Sombra.

  • Please follow all detour signs and maintenance crew instructions.
  • Please be aware that there will be some detouring and crews working in the roadways.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your cooperation.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Santa Rosa Sports Courts Resurfacing Project

The Santa Rosa Sports Courts resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 11 and will be completed by Saturday, October 16.

Sports Courts Closures

  • Pickleball Ball Courts 7 thru 10
  • Basketball Half-Court

During this period, the courts will remain close for the resurfacing project. The closure will ensure the courts resurfacing project can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Common Area Seasonal Flowers Color Change

     

Preparation for the common area's seasonal flowers color change is scheduled to begin September 20. Vintage Landscape will remove the summer flowers and prepare the soil for fall flowers. The process consists of turning over the soil for aerification and adding fertilization to prepare the soil for the new flowers. The new seasonal flowers are scheduled to be installed October 18 – October 22.

For questions regarding the annual seasonal flower color change, please contact the Facilities Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2406.

Jefferson Street Gate Closure

The Jefferson Street entrance and exit gates will be partially closed on Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16, from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the repainting of the wrought iron fence and gates. During this time, only one gate for the entrance and exit will be available.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349, ext. 2405.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note: security staff will be present at the guard house as usual during these partial lane closures. They will continue to provide assistance via telephone and to all entry.

Montecito Outdoor Pool Reopening & Pool Party

The Montecito Outdoor Pool will reopen on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Please note the pool party scheduled 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. that day has reached capacity and reservations are no longer being taken.

We appreciate and thank you for your patience throughout the duration of the Outdoor Pool Resurface Project. For any questions or concerns regarding the project, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Montecito Outdoor Pool Resurfacing Project Update

After further inspection by SCSH personnel, including the Board President, General Manager, Director of Facilities, and Project Coordinator along with the Contractor, it was determined that additional work is required to complete the Montecito Outdoor Pool project. The expected opening date has been revised to Friday, June 25.

Thank you for your patience.

Montecito Outdoor Pool Resurfacing Project Update

After inspection of the new plaster at the Montecito Outdoor Pool, it was determined by SCSH and the pool Contractor that the plaster did not meet the appropriate surface texture specifications. The Contractor has agreed to remove and reinstall the pool plaster at their own cost. Due to the unfortunate incident, the reopening of the Montecito Outdoor Pool will be delayed approximately 12 days.

  • Previous Reopening Date – June 9
  • Tentative Reopening Date – June 21

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Montecito Outdoor Pool Resurfacing Project

Project Update
Due to delays caused by recent strong winds, the Outdoor Pool will be reopening on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The closure will ensure the resurfacing of the Outdoor Pool can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. During this period, the Montecito Indoor Pool and the Santa Rosa Pool will remain open.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Avenue 40 Front Gate Closures

Friday, May 21 – Entrance Gate Closure
The north security entrance gate will be closed on Friday, May 21, from 3:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the repainting of the wrought iron fence and gate.

Monday, May 24 – Exit Gate Closure
The north security exit gate will be closed on Monday, May 24, from 3:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the repainting of the wrought iron fence and gate.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349, ext. 2405.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note, security staff will be present at the guard house as usual during these closures. They will continue to provide assistance via telephone and to allow entry.

Madison Gate Closure

The Madison entrance and exit gates will be closed on Thursday, May 20, from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the repainting of the wrought iron fence and gate.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2406.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Phase 3 Dog Park Closure – May 5 & 6

The Phase 3 Dog Park will be closed on Wednesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 6, for the repainting of the block wall and wrought iron fence. During this time, the Phase 1 Dog Park and North Channel Park will remain open.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on this community website.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2406.

Montecito Outdoor Pool Resurfacing Project

The Montecito Outdoor Pool resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on May 3, and is projected to be completed by June 4.

Pool & Spa Closure – May 3 through June 4

Update: Due to delays caused by recent strong winds, the Outdoor Pool will be reopening on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The closure will ensure the resurfacing of the Outdoor Pool can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. During this period, the Montecito Indoor Pool and the Santa Rosa Pool will remain open.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Avenida Sombra Installation of Bike and Cart Path Lane

Schedule Date – Thursday, March 11, 2021

Temporary No Parking from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please see the map below for the Temporary No Parking Zone

 

  • Streets will remain open to thru traffic.
  • Please make sure your sprinklers do not turn on during this time.
  • Please be aware that there will be some detouring, and crews working in the roadways.
  • Please note the site map showing the roads affected.
  • Striping paint is a rapid dry pavement paint that will dry within a few minutes when applied to pavement.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and we thank you for your cooperation.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Final Crack Seal Project Schedule

The Phase I Asphalt Crack Sealing Project

Updated 2/23/2021

Phase I – Red & Purple Zones
Original Scheduled Date – Friday, January 29, 2021

New Date
Red Zone – Monday, March 1, 2021
Purple Zone – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Please see updated Phase I Map for Crack Seal Schedule Dates

No Parking on Streets on Crack Seal Schedule Dates from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Streets will remain open to thru traffic
  • Parking will be allowed after street is completed and contractor & staff inspects final crack seal.
  • Please be aware that there will be some detouring, and crews working in the roadways
  • Please note the site map showing the roads affected

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your cooperation.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Project Updates (December 16)

Phase II Ground-cover Restoration Project

The Phase II ground-cover restoration project began on Monday, December 9. The project is expected to last between 8 to 10 weeks. Worksite safety signs are posted on each end of the street. Please take extra caution for equipment and dump trucks while driving and walking around the worksite.

 

Phase III Mailbox Stucco Columns Restoration

The Phase III mailboxes stucco columns restoration project began on Tuesday, December 10. The project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, December 20. The contractor will be repairing any stucco damages and repainting the columns with two coats of paint.

 

 

Montecito North Landscape Enhancement Project

The Montecito north landscape enhancement project began on Tuesday, December 10. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, December 24. The project consists of new ground-cover gravel and plants that will significantly enhance the view of the landscape from inside and outside the Montecito Clubhouse.

Montecito Ballroom Dance Floor Hardwood Restoration

The Montecito Ballroom dance floor hardwood restoration project began on September 8. The contractor has removed the existing hardwood flooring and will be prepping and installing the new hardwood flooring. The project is expected to be completed on September 17. Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on our community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Shadow Restaurant Dining Room HVAC Unit Replacement

On August 13, the Shadow Dining Room HVAC Unit #1 was replaced with a new commercial rated, high efficiency HVAC unit. A crane removed the existing faulty HVAC unit and a new HVAC unit was installed on the rooftop of Shadow’s Restaurant. The new HVAC unit will ensure that the Restaurant Dining Room temperature is kept at a comfortable setting for residents to enjoy year-round.

Santa Rosa Paver Maintenance Project

The Santa Rosa Clubhouse driveway roundabout will be closed from Monday, July 15, through Wednesday, July 17, for the scheduled maintenance and repairs of the pavement pavers.

During this period, there will be limited access to the Santa Rosa Clubhouse. The closures will ensure that the maintenance of the roundabout and clubhouse main entry pavers can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Please follow all detour signs while visiting the The Santa Rosa Clubhouse during this period.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401

Fountain Annual Services – 40th and Jefferson

The annual restoration of the water fountain features located at the 40th and Jefferson Gates started today. The contractor will be utilizing a glass bead blasting method to effectively remove the excessive calcium deposit from the fountains and the decorative tile. This will lead to a fresh, shiny and more polished appearance for the water fountain features.

Santa Rosa Pool Chillers Installation Project

The Santa Rosa Clubhouse pool chillers installation project is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 17, and is projected to be completed on June 19.

The Pool will close Monday, June 17 and reopen Tuesday, June 18

The closure will ensure that the installation of the pool chiller units can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

The kids pool hours on Monday, June 17 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montecito Outdoor Pool.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Montecito Indoor Spa Resurfacing Project

The Montecito Indoor Spa resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 3, and is projected to be completed by June 17.

The Indoor Pool will close June 3 and will reopen on June 10.

The Indoor Spa will remain closed from June 3 to June 27. The closure will ensure the resurfacing of the Indoor Spa can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Phase I Dog Park Parking Lot Asphalt Paving Project

The Phase I Dog Park will be closed on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 for the parking lot asphalt paving project. During this period, the Phase III Dog Park will remain open for residents.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.