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Manteca OKs sidewalks for Commerce

Sidewalk will be installed this summer to access the Social Security office.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED April 27, 2013 2:20 a.m.

When Social Security built a new Manteca office in 2012, the federal government chose a site behind Home Depot that was away from public transit and not accessible by sidewalk.

The Commerce Court office replaced leased space in the Mission Ridge Shopping Center that was directly across from a bus stop and accessible by sidewalk from South Main Street.

The move caught the city by surprise. It also made the city – and not Social Security – the lightning rod for criticism for the office being more difficult to access in a safe manner by those on foot or using motorized scooters.

That will change this summer.

The Manteca City Council has called for bids that will be opened on May 16 to install 3,200 feet of sidewalk and three American with Disabilities Act accessible ramps between Phoenix Drive and the Social Security office on the east side of Commerce Court. The bid also covers curbs and gutters.

The development agreement for Spreckels Park required the sidewalks to be put in when the parcel it fronts is developed. Since the owner hasn’t built yet, when they do go to develop the property they will be required to reimburse the city the cost of installing the sidewalk.

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