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Adequate water for CenterPoint job center
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Manteca has adequate water supplies for the development of 300 acres in northwest Manteca including the much-touted CenterPoint Intermodal Center.

CenterPoint - which has the potential to add distribution center space in Manteca equivalent to eight buildings the size of the Ford Motor Company’s small parts distribution center in Spreckels Park - encompasses 273 of the acres that is part of the Northwest Airport Way Mater Plan Water Supply Assessment study.

The City Council Tuesday approved the assessment that is required under state law for all commercial and industrial development exceeding 40 acres or 650,000 square feet of floor space. If adequate water supplies could not have been identified, then the city would not have been able to move forward with the project under state law.

Existing water mains will be extended to serve the area bounded by Airport Way on the east, Roth Road on the north, the Union Pacific intermodal (freight-to-truck) center on the west, and Lathrop Road on the south. Development on the 300 acres is expected to consume 249,910 gallons of water a day at build out.

Union Pacific is preparing to quadruple its intermodal operation on Roth Road in Lathrop that abuts the Manteca city limits. The intermodal facility currently handles 250,000 tractor trailers of goods annually moving them from rail to trucks and vice versa. It is located directly west of the proposed CenterPoint project.

TheCenterPoint project consists of:

•annexing 18 parcels comprising of 392 acres.

•creating a tentative parcel map for the development of 273 acres into an intermodal center that will be accessed from Roth Road and Airport Way.

•developing a master plan for buildings that have a combined 4.6 million square feet for light industrial use and 235,086 square feet for commercial use.

Developers are doing a traffic study for the complex that includes 980 parking spaces for truck trailers and 769 loading dock doors.

What makes the Center Point project unique is that it is a being designed as a true intermodal distribution center.  That means every building would have rail service.

The location is especially advantageous for two reasons.

First, it is just a few hundred yards from the southeast edge of the Union Pacific intermodal operation and within 10 miles of the Santa Fe intermodal operation that puts truck trailers on and off railroad flat bed cars for long distance transportation. The plus of having the two intermodal railroad operations nearby — one a four-minute drive, if that — and the other 15 minutes away means whatever companies locate there have the capability of moving goods to and from virtually every major market west of the Mississippi River in a  time-efficient manner.

Manteca is also at the heart of the third largest market — 17 million consumers — within a 100-mile radius behind New York-Long Island and Los Angeles. It is what attracted Bass Pro Shops to Manteca. That means trucks can travel to and from the distribution center to stores serving 17 million consumers easily within an eight-hour drive.

The site is virtually smack dab at the midway point between Highway 99 and Interstate 5 accessed by Lathrop Road. It is also connected to the Highway 120 Bypass directly via Airport Way, which also provides access to Stockton Metro Airport.

If the distribution center materializes, it will be one of a kind in terms of location and size in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The site still has to be annexed to the City of Manteca. It is within Manteca’s sphere of influence and is contiguous to the city limits.