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Apartments may help combat Lathrop blight

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POSTED April 13, 2010 3:13 a.m.
LATHROP – The latest step in the City of Lathrop’s continuing effort to rejuvenate the areas in and around the Historic Old Town District is being discussed at the next Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday.

The public hearing on a proposal to open opportunities for the rehabilitation of some of the buildings on O Street, portions of which are located just across the street from Lathrop Elementary School, will take place at that time. Following the discussion, the commission will vote on the proposed change in the city’s general plan relating to land-use at those properties and the rezoning of the area. These are steps required before any improvement work can be started on the existing properties at this site.

The change in the land-use designation would make the two residential properties at 904 and 928 O Street medium-density residential from its current low-density residential use for single-family homes. Transforming it to a medium-density designation would allow the construction of apartment projects. The rezoning would take it from being a single-family residential to a multifamily residential or apartment complexes.

The residential property owners, John and Lucia Machado of Manteca, and the owner of the existing apartments affected by these changes, Remedios Mercado of Hayward, have all consented to these land-use and rezoning changes. And so far, the city has not received any comments, either in favor or against the proposal, from any of the property owners who live within 300 feet of the project area. All property owners falling under that residential category are required by law to be notified by the city.

By taking these steps in the general plan’s land-use map, the city is hoping that the owners of the existing apartment buildings will take this as an opportunity to rehabilitate the five vacant structures in the existing seven apartments each consisting of four units. The properties are currently boarded up and have been marred by graffiti quite often. The seven apartment buildings are described by city officials as nonconforming since they have been there before incorporation.

About four years ago, when Gloryanna Rhodes was mayor, the city developed a number of incentives for property owners in historic Lathrop, generally the area west of the Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Southern Pacific), to improve their properties. Among these incentives was a revolving loan program with low interest that residents could tap into to develop their lands or make improvements on their properties.

The commissioners will meet Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 390 Towne Centre Drive at Mossdale Landing.

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