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Manteca seeks $3M for Austin from Uncle Sam

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POSTED December 6, 2013 11:12 p.m.

Uncle Sam could put up $3 million to help finance public improvements in the Austin Road Business Park.

The Manteca City Council is meeting in a special session Monday at noon at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street. Among the agenda items is considering approval of an application for a $3 million federal Economic Development Administration grant.

The grant application is based on the requirement that the improvements will generate jobs at the ratio of one for every $5,000 in federal dollars invested. The actual business park — designed for 8 million square feet of industrial/business park, use or space equal to 17 times the coverage area of the Ford Motor Parts distribution center on Spreckels Avenue — is anticipated to generate a minimum of 600 jobs at build-out of the first phase.

Overall, the entire development will generate an estimated 9,134 direct jobs once it is completed.

The 423.1-acre first phase is now being marketed with a focus on manufacturing, e-commerce fulfillment centers, as well as technology and professional offices.

The initial phase of public improvements such as streets plus sewer, water, and storm pipe systems is estimated at $6,264,590. It will cover work on Austin Road from the railroad tracks south to the actual business park portion of the 1,050-acre project.

Austin Road Business Partners — led by managing partners Bill Filios and Toni Raymus — will put up $2,433,800. That leaves under $800,000 that will come from development fees already collected on growth for the purpose of financing major streets and other infrastructure.

Those improvements are in addition to work that will start with the railroad crossing on Austin Road near the Highway 99 interchange in early 2014.

The widening of the railroad crossing is part of $10.4 million in upfront improvements to the Highway 99 interchange at Austin Road as well as South Austin Road that are being made to start development of the job-rich Austin Road Business Park in southeast Manteca.

The timeline calls for modifications to the Highway 99/Austin Road interchange ramps to start in early 2014. Work on the railroad crossing will be a separate project as well the upgrading of South Austin Road to federal standards to accommodate 53-foot long truck trailers. Breaking the road work into three segments allows the work to proceed faster.

The interchange modifications will cost $3.9 million. It includes traffic signals at Austin and Moffat, the off ramps that connect to Moffat, as well as the Austin and freeway ramps on the northeast side. The traffic lights at Moffat and Austin will be tied into the railroad crossing much as they are at Industrial Park Drive/Spreckels Avenue and Moffat.

Moffat will be widened to four lanes between Austin and Woodward Avenue.

The South Austin Road project will cost $6.4 million.

The investors will also be spending $13.9 million to put infrastructure and roads in place within the business park portion of the project.

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