Meritage Homes — a national builder — is bullish on Manteca’s housing market.
The firm wants to develop Silva Estates. The 10.6-acre project has 42 single family home sites bordered by Union Road on the west some 400 feet south of its intersection with Woodward Avenue.
The Manteca Planning Commission meets tonight at 7 o’clock at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. to consider approving the vesting tentative subdivision map for Silva Estates.
It is immediately north of Meritage’s existing Ruby Meadows neighborhood where 67 homes are being built from 2,278 to 3,743 square feet with base prices ranging from $432,490 to $512,490.
Silva Estates lots will range in size from 6,300 to 10,000 square feet.
It is among 9,700 housing units in various stages of approval for Manteca with the vast majority south of the 120 Bypass.
Manteca Unified School District has made it clear that unless developers provide some type of funding mechanism for new schools such as inclusion in a Mello-Roos district that new home builders will need to disclose to potential buyers that their children could be bused as many as 16 miles one-way to district campuses in South Stockton. That’s because of the high probability there will not be any neighborhood schools built in the near future plus existing schools south at the 120 Bypass are at — or are near — capacity.
Overall, Manteca Unified has 25,000 students and is at 96 percent capacity.
Buyers of new homes may also eventually see their children in year round schools or possibly double sessions depending upon how acute the district’s housing crisis becomes. That would also mean existing families whose children attend schools that will be impacted will also face the prospect of year round school or even double sessions.
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