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Deal moves cell tower away from homes, retail

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POSTED February 22, 2009 5:22 a.m.
Residents south of Lathrop Road near Union Road won’t have an imposing 135-foot cell tower on their immediate skyline.

Woodbridge Shopping Center developers Bill Filios and Art Nunes have agreed to deed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District land for Metro PCS to relocate the tower that had already been approved to go next to the district’s water tank site on top of Lathrop Road. The developers also agreed to reimburse the SSJID $19,014.27 for costs related to shifting the site to the land that is immediately adjacent to Calvary Community Church and behind the water tank. Metro PCS is covering the balance of the costs to prepare the site for the tower - $22,529.

The tower will also serve as a major communications tower for the SSJID and the City of Manteca. Filios was concerned the tower — which would have been right next to his shopping center where site work has started — would ruin the aesthetics of the retail complex. Neighbors south of Lathrop Road have also raised concerns about looking at the tower as well.

The new site is on property that will be used as a future bike path along Union Ranch East to connect the bike path at Del Webb at Woodbridge with the Tidewater Bikeway extension north of Lathrop Road.

Calvary Community Church representatives have indicated they have no issue with the proposed site.

The SSJID board will consider finalizing the cell tower move during Tuesday’s 9 a.m. meeting at the district office, 11011 E. Highway 120.

Manteca’s fourth McDonald’s franchise is part of the Woodbridge Shopping Center that has already broken ground on the northeast corner of Union Road and Lathrop Road.

McDonald’s is going in as part of a Boyett Petroleum convenience store and gas service — probably under the Valero brand name — that will include the fast food operation under the same roof. It is similar to the Chevron station in Ripon that has a Jack-in-the-Box under the same roof as well as the oil company’s Extra Mile convenience store.

Prime Shine Car Wash — which has a Modesto location — is also building at the center.

It is all part of the 53,100 square feet of overall retail planned kitty corner across from the Raley’s Union Square Shopping Center.

They are currently trying to secure a separate freestanding sit-down restaurant. In addition, plans call for three buildings with in-line retail space of 13,700, 10,500 and 7,800 square feet. The in-line space will be built as the market dictates.

They have also inked a deal to house one of CVS Drugs’ first California stores being built from the ground up. CVS Drugs, though, has inked a deal to purchase Longs Drug Store that operates a location on North Main Street among others throughout several states. The new CVS Drug Store will have 13,000 square feet.

CVS Drugs will bring the number of drug stores or larger retailers with pharmacies to 10. Walgreens has also signed a deal to open a second Manteca store as part of the proposed Lowe’s Home Improvement shopping center on the northeast corner of the Airport Way and Highway 120 Bypass interchange.
The complex will also provide the city’s 11th car wash. It will be a full-service car wash similar to Indy’s and Quicki-Kleen.

The partners also envision at least 100 apartments behind the retail to buffer it from nearby single-family home neighborhoods now under construction.

The location is just down the street from the 1,425-home Del Webb at Woodbridge age-restricted community now under construction as well as the 495-home Union Ranch East that is now building and selling its first homes.
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