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Another hotel chain checks into Manteca
240 single family homes started
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Out-of-area teams playing tournaments at Big League Dreams won’t have too far to go to book a hotel room when 2015 rolls around.

Microtel is processing plans through the City of Manteca building department for a $4 million budget hotel with 57 rooms.

The site at 1083 S. Airport Way is immediately north of a city owned parcel bordering Daniels Street, Milo Candini Drive and Airport Way where dirt has been placed from a south Manteca infrastructure project.

The hotel was originally approved in 2006 but then the Great Recession hit.

The addition of the Microtel Inn would push the number of hotel rooms in Manteca past the 500 mark. There are currently 448 rooms in Manteca.

A decision is expected this fall on whether the 500-room Great Wolf Lodge Resort with an indoor water park and conference center will be built on 30 acres owned by the city immediately west of Costco between the 120 Bypass and the future extension of Daniels Street.

More visitors are expected to stay in Manteca’s motels and hotels over the next 12 months based on the municipal budget projections. 

Room taxes assessed at 9 percent of the cost of a room are anticipated to generate $685,000. That’s up 5 percent from the fiscal year ending June 30 when $650,000 in room taxes was generated and 36 percent from three years ago.

The biggest reason why hotel rooms are rented in Manteca according to hotel operators: Tournament play at the Big League Dreams sports complex followed by tourists primarily coming to or from Yosemite National Park.

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240 homes started in first six months

Builders have started work on 240 single family homes in the first six months of the year for a combined construction valuation of $52.3 million. That included 88 starts in June for the biggest month for new home starts in 11 years.

If building continues at the current place, Manteca will enjoy its best year for new homes since 2004 when 754 homes were built in the final year before the housing boom went bust.

City staff is currently processing five commercial permits involving infill tenants for existing buildings as well as plans for a new structure for the Manteca Veterinary Clinic on Moffat Boulevard.

In June the city issued or started processing 42 permits for the installation of solar energy systems for homes valued in excess of $1 million. At the same time seven permits for swimming pools and spas were issued with a combined value of just under $250,000.

That is a flip from 2004 when 80 swimming pools and spas were built and less than a half dozen solar energy systems installed.