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Upholstery firm receiving $100K in relocation help from RDA
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Fran’s Creative Upholstery is receiving $100,000 from the Manteca Redevelopment Agency to relocate their business to make room for the $6.6 million transit station project.

The Manteca RDA is required under state and federal law to provide Fran’s Upholstery with any assistance and benefits when it opted to break the firm’s lease of 2.07 acres on Moffat Boulevard near South Main Street that has an industrial building on it housing the upholstery business.

The settlement covers relocation assistance that may include moving expenses and business re-establishment costs.

Fran’s Upholstery - consisting of partners Bill Ray Faulkner, Frances Bernice Faulkner, and Carolyn Johnson - will receive $20,000 within 10 business days of the agency commission approving the agreement. The remaining $80,000 will be paid within 15 business days after the agency receives written notice from Fran’s Upholstery that they have vacated the Butler-style metal building and the agency has inspected the site to verify it has been vacated.

The 7,000-square-foot station is targeted to break ground this fall. It includes a 100-space parking lot on 3.1 acres on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and South Main

The two-story building will include space for transit staff that encompasses dispatching functions, ticket and pass sales, offices for city and contractor staff, a lobby area, a break room for drivers, and a conference room that will be available for public use.

The transit station is being paid for in a large part by the countywide Measure K transit sales tax. Manteca was able to get available money left over from other projects in San Joaquin County because they were ready to move forward. None of the money being used for the project targeted to break ground later this year is from the municipal general fund and can only be used for transit projects.

Federal stimulus funds will be used to install a fiber optic cable to run from the proposed transit station to the Civic Center at a cost of $300,000.

The fiber optic cable will provide the backbone for park security cameras that are going in at Southside and Library parks as well as to connect with safety cameras that will be put in place at various bus stops along the city’s transit system for improved security at a cost of $133,400. The security cameras for bus stops as well as the ability to build 10 to 15 bus shelters complete with benches, trash receptacles, and improved signage at most Manteca Transit stops at a cost of $1,353,798 is also being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Plans for the transit station currently do not call for a train platform as the Altamont Commuter Express service is not expected to be extended southward into Merced County for at least five to 10 years.

The transit station will hopefully serve Greyhound and ACE trains in the future.

The Manteca City Council sitting as the Manteca Redevelopment Agency commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.