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128-unit apartment complex, big spec building north of Lathrop Road

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Work is almost done on the 404,657-square-foot 5.11 Tactical distribution center in CenterPoint along Airport Way south of Roth Road that was started earlier this year. It has a construction value ...

HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin/

POSTED December 12, 2017 1:08 a.m.

With a month to go 2017 is going down as the biggest year in Manteca’s history for new construction.
And when it settles nearly 40 percent of what could end up being more than $240 million in new construction will take place north of Lathrop Road.
November — traditionally a month when building slows down due to weather — set a record for one-month construction value as the city issued 258 permits for construction valued at $68.071 million. That brings the 11-month total to $212,403,393 based on 992 permits. Not only does it shatter the previous record of $191.1 million in new construction set in 2002 when significant development occurred in Spreckels Park and 803 new homes were built, but in terms of constant dollars — adjusting the 2002 building by inflation — 2017 is clearly turning out as the best construction year ever in the 99½ year history of the city. The $212 million figure could surpass $242 million by the end of the month if the 112 permits for work valued at $30.3 million in review at city hall are cleared to start construction.
And if Manteca lands the Great Wolf Resort that is targeted for 500 rooms plus an indoor waterpark, whatever record ends up being set this year will easily be eclipsed as the project represents a $250 million investment.
What makes the November activity even more impressive is work will start on what ultimately will be the largest distribution center structure ever built in Manteca. At the same time staff is currently reviewing construction plans for first major apartment complex north of Lathrop Road. Between the apartments and the distribution center as well as the 5.11 Tactical building nearing completion it represents $90 million of new construction north of Lathrop Road.

Woodbridge Apartments
along Lathrop Road
The 128-unit Woodbridge Apartments at 925 West Lathrop Road are being built east of Woodbridge Center East anchored by CVS Pharmacy as well as to the north and east of the water tank along Lathrop Road 
The Woodbridge project is designed to provide “Paseo Villas quality” at market apartments. That’s in reference to the 300-unnit apartment complex on Atherton Drive just south of the 120 Bypass.
The complex will consist of seven buildings ranging from two to three stories.
It will include a first for Manteca — a keypad pedestrian gate on the northwest part of the project that will allow residents to walk to and from the adjoining Woodbridge Center East retail development.
The retail complex on the northwest corner of Lathrop Road and Union Road already has a CVS Pharmacy, a McDonald’s and a car wash. There are also areas left at the center to accommodate a restaurant pad and three additional in-line retail storefront buildings.
The 128-unit garden apartment complex includes a 3,800-square-foot community center with a swimming pool and spa. There also will be a mail kiosk, enclosed garages, carports and extensive landscaping and landscaping improvements.
The northeast corner of Lathrop Road and Union Road was master planned for what is called “smart growth” that means basic retail services such as grocery shopping, drug stores and food services are within walking distance of the apartment complex. The complex is also situated to serve as a buffer between the single family homes of Union Ranch to the north and the retail complex.
The advancing of the Woodbridge Apartments comes on the heels of permits being issued in October for the first three buildings for the 154-unit Tesoro Apartments complex being built at Van Ryn Avenue and Atherton Drive.

First phase of 1.2 million
square foot spec building
Millie and Severson General Contractors were issued a permit to start work valued at $39.96 million on a 551,475-square-foot spec building for distribution uses at 3303 North Airport Way as part of the CenterPoint Business Park.
It is designed as the first phase of what will ultimately be a 1.2 million square foot building.
The city in November issued a $2.7 million foundation permit for a 565,580-square-foot spec building in the Pacific Business Park on Louise Avenue where an Amazon Prime distribution center is opening next to the Manteca Unified School District office. The permit for the actual construction of the center, when it is issued in the coming months, is valued at $31.4 million.
Work started in September on a 286,072-square-foot spec building in Spreckels Park on a parcel that backs up to the Highway northbound transition ramp to the westbound 120 Bypass.
The shell for the spec building being pursued by Scannell Development is valued at $16.7 million.
Meanwhile, DCT Industrial is buying the last unsold parcel in Spreckels Park to build a 304,110-square-foot warehouse distribution facility on 14.83 acres fronting Spreckels Avenue between J&M Equipment and American Modular Systems.
At build out, the four distribution center style projects will represent 2.3 million square feet. Combined there are more than four times larger that the largest single structure ever built in Manteca — the Ford Motors Small Parts Distribution Center on Spreckels Avenue.
Work started in January on the 404,657-square-foot 5.11 Tactical distribution warehouse in CenterPoint along Airport Way south of Roth Road. It has a construction value of $29.3 million.

65 single family
homes started
November saw the city issue 65 permits for new single family homes with a combined value of $17.5 million.
This will end up being the third year since at least 1980 when single family homes will not be the dominating new building category in Manteca.

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