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POSTED April 4, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Bonus bucks — fees paid by developers for sewer allocation certainty — will pay for a 3,000-square-foot building to house the Manteca Veterans of Foreign Wars Jimmie Connors Post 6311.

The Manteca City Council Tuesday executed a lease with the VFW —represented by post commander and former Manteca Mayor Carlon Perry — for use of the building.

The site is an acre of city-owned property on the southeast corner of the Moffat Boulevard intersection with Industrial Park Drive/Spreckels Avenue kitty corner from the Spreckels Park BMX track. It will also include 60 parking spaces.

The structure will be a public building. It will be available for rent by the public when it is not being used for its primary purpose of serving  veterans groups and veterans events.

The target date for completion is Nov. 1. The goal is to have it available for use by Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The lease is for $1 a year for 20 years. There are two 10-year options for renewal. The VFW will have first right of refusal to purchase the building and property if the city should decide at the end of the lease to sell.

The VFW will be responsible for all insurance, utilities, maintenance and operations connected with the building and the site as a whole.

It will mark the first time the VFW Post has had its own building to serve as its home. The VFW current shares space with the American Legion at that organization’s building next to PG&E in the 200  block of East Yosemite Avenue.

The VFW initially approached the city about leasing the former fire station at 740 W. Center St. It was determined the building’s age and the site’s limitations did not make it an ideal fit for the VFW.

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