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Building hits $121.9M in 2008

Retail, commercial again top housing construction

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Building hits $121.9M in 2008

Excavators from Knife River Construction get ready to lay drain pipes for the new Woodbridge Center at the corner of Lathrop Rod and Union Road.

HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin/


POSTED January 19, 2009 1:11 a.m.
Commercial construction — for the second straight year — trumped residential building in Manteca during 2008.
Overall construction came in at $121.9 million in 2008. That figure reflects the actual cost of the construction and not the market value.
The last time before 2007 and 2008 when residential didn’t lead construction activity was 1990 when permits were issued for what was Manteca’s first big shopping complex, the Mission Ridge Shopping Center anchored by Wal-Mart, the now shuttered Mervyn’s, and Safeway.
Retail stores, offices and business park-style structures came in at $37.2 million and included permits for JC Penney, Best Buy, Office Max, Ross Dress 4 Less, and Kearsotes Showplace Cinema 16.
There were 239 single-family home permits for construction valued at $36.9 million.
Among the permits in review at the start of 2009 were two tenant infills for smaller stores at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, photovoltaic solar power systems for 11 homes, and a new senior housing complex.
Affirmed Housing is pursuing the 52-unit subsidized senior housing complex on North Grant Avenue behind the Dribble’s Car Wash.
Overall, 2008 was the ninth highest year in terms of construction value even when adjusted for inflation. It was the second year of decline from 2005 when construction was valued at $183.7 million and housing construction started falling off. Manteca’s top year for construction was 2002 when it hit $191 million.
The expectation based on interviews with developers and builders is for a repeat of 2008 this year with somewhere between $110 and $130 million in construction.
Part of that projected construction is Woodbridge Shopping Center that’s breaking ground on the northeast corner of Union Road and Lathrop Road
A deal has been inked that will bring Manteca its fourth McDonald’s franchise as part of the center.
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 — also will be built as well as a CVS Drugs.
It is all part of the 53,100 square feet of overall retail planned by Art Nunes and Bill Filios kitty corner across from the Raley’s Union Square Shopping Center.
The partners have started frontage improvements along Union Road with construction on the three stores and gas station following.
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.
The  CVS Drugs is one of the firm’s first California stores being built from the ground up. CVS Drugs has inked a deal to purchase Longs Drug Store that operates a location on North Main Street among others throughout several states. The CVS Drug Store will have 13,000 square feet.
CVS Drugs will bring the number of drug stores or larger retailers with pharmacies in Manteca to nine.
Walgreens has also signed a deal to open a second Manteca store as part of the Lowe’s Home Improvement shopping center that has been put on hold but may break ground this year on the northeast corner of the Airport Way and Highway 120 Bypass interchange.
The Woodbridge Center complex will also provide the city’s 11th car wash.
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.
AKF Development is also hoping to move forward this year with the 300-unit Tesoro luxury apartments on Atherton Drive just east of the 296-unit Paseo Villas Apartments.
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