View Mobile Site

VFW hall project $1M over bid

Moffat Community Center getting staff re-evaluation

Text Size: Small Large Medium
VFW hall project $1M over bid

A sign proclaims the southwest corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive as the future home for Manteca veterans.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED August 3, 2014 10:03 p.m.

The much heralded Moffat Community Center designed to serve as a home for Manteca’s Jimmie Connors Veterans of Foreign Wars Post won’t be ready for a November dedication.

In fact, it might not even break ground by then.

Two bids for the fast-track project staff estimated would cost $990,000 came in $1,009,000 and $1,091,000 over that amount.

Staff is recommending the City Council reject the two bids submitted July 15 when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Yosemite Ave.

A staff report notes that “it appears a few factors resulted in the higher-than-anticipated bids.” Among those factors are the accelerated construction schedule at a time construction work has picked up, the configuration of the property, and the need for landscaping and frontage improvements.

Staff has indicated it plans to continue to work on evaluating other alternatives and report back to the council within the next 30 to 60 days.

In April, the council approved a lease agreement for a $1 year for 20 years with the veterans group to use the community center as their home base. When it isn’t in use by the veterans it would be available to the community.

The 3,153-square-foot building is proposed for city-owned land on the southwest corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive kitty corner from the Spreckels Park BMX track.

The $990,000 tab was proposed to be covered with fees collected from growth.

It is envisioned to have an entry plaza nestled against the Tidewater Bikeway route that elbows the southwest corner of the intersection.

The proposal calls for an office, restrooms, dining area, bar, kitchen, assembly and storage plus 57 parking spaces and landscaping.

The city had no use for the parcel stretching from Industrial Park Drive to a rail spur that serves distribution centers in the Spreckels Park industrial area near the 120 Bypass overcrossing after it completed the 3.4-mile long Tidewater Bikeway. It was part of land bought from the now defunct Tidewater & Southern Railroad.

Enter a Comment:

You must be logged in to post comments. encourages readers to interact with one another. We will not edit your comments, but we reserve the right to delete any inappropriate responses.

To report offensive or inappropriate comments, contact our editor.

The comments below are from readers of and do not necessarily represent the views of The Newspaper or Morris Multimedia.

1 comment
fjar: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The city has encountered over budget bids for the Veterans building. I recently offered a suggestion to the council on seeking bids from an alternative type of construction. I suggested seeking bids from steel construction firms that specializes in building some nice buildings. It certainly doesn't hurt to explore other than conventional costly means of construction.

These firms have their own labor force and technical personnel. Once they give you a cost,it holds throughout the project.The conventional bids that went over the cities budget, is probably inflated to protect developers profits.

This council doesn't accept suggestions that will help this community.If one of the council members suggest something, you can bet it will be acknowledged.

DeBrum came up with idea of replacing old toilets with water saver toilets. Now that is a real earth shaker, since these water saving toilets have been available for years. He even made the news with this idea to save water.Gag me with a spoon, when this do nothing candidate for Mayor speaks.

This is an example of what you will receive if you vote Debrum for Mayor.Just recently he resolved the Library Park homeless issue by delegating the fix to the Chief of Police.
It's as though our force has obligated itself to accepting the role baby sitting the park homeless. We need a permanent fix, not band aiding the issue. A chain link fence s/b installed around the perimeter and day passes s/b issued on proof of permanent residency.No shopping carts or bikes with belongings would be allowed. No alcoholic or drugs would be allowed, anyone caught would lose their privilege permanently. Something other than harassing the homeless has to be considered to protect residents in the park.Of course I don't expect this council to have the intellect to accept an idea that would resolve the problem. Their idea is to tie up our police force in babysitting the park. If Debrum can't resolve issues, he has no business running for Mayor.

Vote Ben Cantu and Silverman for change in Manteca. I am tired of Special Interest representatives sitting on the council.
Fleener Richards.

Please wait ...