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400 possible jobs for Manteca

Future county satellite center near BLD

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400 possible jobs for Manteca

RYAN BALBUENA/The Bulletin


POSTED September 12, 2009 3:38 a.m.
Big League Dreams is scoring another hit for Manteca.

This time it is up to 400 future jobs for a South County satellite center for San Joaquin County.

The Manteca City Council has a deal before them Tuesday that enters the city onto an option agreement with San Joaquin County for the purchase of 10 acres on the northeast corner of Milo Candini Drive and Daniels Street for the office complex. It could include satellite county offices for community development, public health, human services, the sheriff’s office, district attorney, and public defender as well as the possibility of including a Superior Court building on the same site.

Manteca had been competing with Lathrop and Tracy that were offering potential sites for a South County center. Manteca was selected based on price, fees, parcel location near the Highway 120 Bypass, vehicular access, visibility, and the fact it already has full infrastructure in place. The decision to locate the BLD sports complex in the area prompted the investment of redevelopment agency dollars in streets, sewer, water, and storm drains that made it possible to snare Costco and the Stadium Retail Center and now a county complex.

The proposed option agreement provides the county a seven-year option that allows the county to take title to the land for $1. Manteca would collect development fees once the complex is constructed but the fees would be locked in at current rates. That figure is $1.8 million.

The county would like to start construction as soon as possible but the slowdown in new development has significantly slowed the county’s collection of its facilities fees that would be used to build the complex.

The site has long been owned by the city and was the location for public safety training for a number of years.

The appeal for Manteca making a lucrative deal for the county is being able to secure 400 better paying daytime jobs that have a strong potential for having positive impacts on daytime retail and restaurant business. It also will draw consumers in from nearby cities including Tracy, Mountain House, Lathrop, Ripon, and Escalon.
The city will construct the storm retention basin improvements that have already been envisioned to connect to a proposed hotel site immediately to the east of the 10 acres on city-owned land off Airport Way. The basin is where the city is planning a veterans memorial complete with a reflecting pool.

The Board of Supervisors approved the deal on Sept. 8.

The deal also opens the door for other possible uses for the 8.07 acres Manteca bought over four years ago on South Main Street just north of B.F. Funsten & Co. for $2.6 million. The original plan was to sell part of the land for $1 to the county once Manteca secured a state grant to build a court complex. County judges, though, interceded once the money was allocated by the state and insisted a new court complex be built in downtown Stockton first.

Manteca originally had envisioned locating s new police station on the same site.

The redevelopment agency now owns the parcel. The city could do a number of things with the 8.06 acres including using a portion of the site to expand the public works yards along Wetmore Street that back up to the parcel, sell it to a firm that will build in the industrial park or possibly use it for another city facility in the future such as a library or performing arts center.
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