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Plans now call for its demolition to allow 1,030 more homes

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The 30,000-square-foot Hat mansion in southeast Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo/

POSTED June 30, 2017 1:13 a.m.

Richland Communities is abandoning its plan to convert the 30,000-square-foot Hat Mansion into a clubhouse for an envisioned community of 800 age-restricted housing units on the 184-acre estate that hosts grape vineyards.
Instead the developer is proposing Manteca’s largest ever effort aimed at trying to provide affordable market rate housing for people that live and work in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. It will involve building more than 1,030 housing units.
The mansion built in the late 1990s that stands as the largest home in San Joaquin County — if not the entire 209 region — will ultimately be torn down.
It is the victim of two major factors: The prohibitive cost needed to convert it into a clubhouse and the changing housing market.
The Manteca City Council when they meet on Wednesday, July 5 — a day later due to the Fourth of July holiday — will decide whether to spend $334,801 to complete preparation of the environmental impact report for the revised project. The developer is required to pick up the tab in advance. The city, though, has 100 percent control of hiring the firm that does the EIR and overseeing its development.
The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
The new plan is a major departure for development patterns in the immediate area of southeast Manteca that has a number of neighborhoods dominated by McMansions.
While virtually all new subdivision projects in Manteca boast lots that are 6,000 square feet or more with most averaging 7,200 feet with a liberal sprinkling of lots between 9,000 and 12,000 square feet, not a single lot in the proposed Richland plan will exceed 5,850 square feet.
A breakdown of the 184-acre project as now envisioned shows:
u158 lots would be 65 by 90 feet for a lot size of 5,850 square feet.
u224 lots would be 55 by 90 feet for a lot size of 4,950 square feet.
u242 lots would be 47 by 90 feet for a lot size of 4,330 square feet.
u106 lots would be 35 by 80 feet for a lot size of 2,800 square feet. They would have alley access for garages and would likely be similar to projects in Oakdale and elsewhere that use concrete instead of asphalt for alleys and have landscaping.
u300 plus or minus townhouse units would be built on 25.8 acres for a density of 11.6 units per acre.
u18.9 acres would be set aside in parks.
u11.2 acres would be devoted to streets.
The project is at the end of Pillsbury Road off of Woodward Avenue.

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