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Annexation may produce 356 homes
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The mother-of-all Manteca McMansions — the massive 30,000-square-foot home built by a grape broker — may soon be a step closer to being part of the city.

The Manteca Planning Commission when they meet tonight at 7 o’clock in the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center, will consider certifying an environmental impact report and pre-zoning of 194.9 acres for annexation to Manteca. It is located just north of the massive home that for years was known as the Hat Mansion.

If the commission approves and the City Council concurs, Pillsbury Road Partners will build the 171-home Woodward Park I and 185-home Woodward Park II neighborhoods.

The two neighborhoods would also abut the future extension of Atherton Drive south of Woodward Avenue.

In addition, plans are still pending for the Hat Ranch Active Adult Community where the 30,000-square-foot home sits that is visible from Highway 99 as well as on a clear day from the top of Altamont Pass. The proposed project is immediately south of Woodward Park I and Woodward Park II. The developer has indicated they want to convert 184 acres comprised mostly of grape vineyards into 800 age-restricted homes in a development almost half the size of Del Webb at Woodbridge in north Manteca. The mansion would be converted into a clubhouse slightly larger than its Del Webb counterpart. The clubhouse would be surrounded by softball fields, tennis courts and bocce courts. The Hat Ranch — now owned by Richland Communities — still would have to be annexed to the city.

The three-story mansion has a wine cellar, elevator, a 25-seat theater, tennis court and 20- by-80 foot swimming pool. Completed in 1995, the home also has a 36-car parking garage underneath it. Material used in the interior design includes Brazilian cherry wood, Douglas fir, limestone, granite, marble and custom made stainless steel doors. It has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The mansion was built by Michael Hat, a 1972 Ripon High graduate. He is a grape grower and broker. Hat at one time was considered to rank among the top five grape growers in California.