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Southwest Manteca: The next boom?

Three projects advancing 2,439 housing units

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Southwest Manteca: The next boom?

There are 2,439 housing units envisioned in three projects in southwest Manteca including 1) The Trails at Manteca, 2) Terra Ranch, and 3) Machado Estates.

RYAN BALBUENA/The Bulletin


POSTED July 25, 2009 2:23 a.m.
The next hot spot for Manteca housing: Try the southwest corner of the city.

Three separate projects are being advanced that will add 2,439 housing units between McKinley Avenue south of the Highway 120 Bypass and a slough that drains into the San Joaquin River.
The three projects are:

•The Trails of Manteca, with 1,471 lots on 477 acres, south of Woodward Avenue, north of the Reclamation District 17 dry cross-levee and east of Wetherbee Lake. The project is in the review process. The land is already in the Manteca city limits.

•Machado Estates with 575 lots is located on the southwest corner of Airport Way and Woodward Avenue. The environmental impact report has been certified. The land hasn’t been annexed yet nor has a specific development plan been submitted for final processing.

•Terra Ranch near McKinley Avenue and the Highway 120 Bypass. It features 193 lots that will be developed by Anderson Homes and a 200-unit apartment complex being pursued by AKF Development.

Terra Ranch in all likelihood will be the first of the three to break ground as it is near existing infrastructure – sewer and water lines.

Community Development Director Mark Nelson noted that developers are preparing to position themselves for when the housing recovery starts down the road. It can take up to four years for the planning, environmental review, and approval process in California before a major residential project can get off the ground.

The Trails at Manteca also will provide an extra amenity for Manteca – the strengthening of the cross levee on the developer’s dime that was the last line of defense for homes along Airport Way and Woodward Avenue when the San Joaquin River levees failed in 1997. It was touch and go for three days as emergency crews worked and watched the levee – including covering it with plastic – to make sure it didn’t fail.

The plan is to widen and strengthen the levee.

It is ironic that the southwest section of Manteca is where the next housing boom is shaping up. Just outside of the city limits in a finger of the county, you’ll find the 480-home Oakwood Shores is the Mother of All residential foreclosures in San Joaquin County. The 480-lot project that rose from the rubble of Oakwood Lake Resort and Manteca Waterslides was ballyhooed as a lake front gated community with luxury homes pushing $1 million each.

Only a half dozen homes are occupied with a number more empty. Most of the project is un-built save for roads and street lights. Unlike other foreclosed properties, Oakwood Shores is a bit more complicated as none of the banks secured their loans with the land.

Southwest Manteca is where Manteca’s much touted Tara Business Park – complete with an employment center, town square, and retail. The concept is to have jobs, and amenities within walking distance of housing. The Terra Ranch project with its homes and apartments is a component of the Tara Business Park plan.
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