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Environmental study cost for Austin project passing $533K mark

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POSTED March 2, 2009 4:24 a.m.
Austin Road Business Park – a 1,050-acre project that could yield as many as 13,000 jobs – is dependent on a new $110 million interchange on Highway 99 for full build out.
It is possible, however, for the project to start development and generate jobs to a certain point and still be served by the existing Austin Road interchange dating back to the 1950s.
A phased traffic study is needed to allow the project to move forward.
The City Council on Tuesday is being asked to amend a contract with PBS&J that is working on an environmental document for the massive project targeted for annexation to Manteca. The additional work will add $20,700 to the cost bringing the total bill to $533,298. The study, mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act, will not cost the city a penny. They are working off a deposit put up by the developers to fund the environmental work.
The 1,050 acres abuts Woodward Avenue and Highway 99 to the north, an imaginary line if Highway 99 ran due south at the interchange with the 120 Bypass instead of angling off to the southeast, and future Ripon city limits on the south as well as the east.
It would have 3.5 million square feet of general commercial or about four times the amount of square footage as The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley that is still under construction. It would also have 8 million square feet of industrial, business park, and office use plus 3,400 homes. This is also where the proposed Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau events center and 5,000-seat amphitheater is proposed.
The industrial uses would generate between 3,000 and 6,000 jobs while the retail portion could yield up to 7,000 jobs.
The homes could accommodate up to 10,200 residents are just under a sixth of the city’s current population.
The council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
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