One of the three remaining undeveloped parcels in the 360-acre Spreckels Park project may soon have a 285,215-square-foot building for industrial uses.
It is arguably planned for the most high-profile location in Spreckels Park — a vacant pie shaped 19.41-acre parcel that backs up to the southbound Highway 99 transition ramp to the 120 Bypass. More than 120,000 vehicles pass through the interchange each day.
Lafayette-based Scannel Properties has submitted plans that are being reviewed by the Manteca Planning Commission when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 Center St.
The site is at the end of DuPont Court just south of the Dryer Ice Cream refrigerated warehouse facility. It will be nearly eight times larger than Dryers and almost exactly twice the footprint of the Manteca Costco store. After it is built, it will be the fourth largest structure in the business park after the Ford Motors West Coast Small Parts Distribution Center, Lineage Logistics frozen storage warehouse and the Delicato Vineyards Warehouse.
Development of land will leave only two vacant parcels. The largest is still owned by Atherton Kirk and is located between American Modular and J&M Equipment on Spreckels Avenue. The other is 10 acres that was sold to a developer behind Home Depot who submitted plans to create a series of small business suites that were approved just as the Great Recession hit. The weed infested parcel directly across from that site next to Ford is a drainage basin.
The building is being designed for marketing to firms needing a warehouse distribution center. It includes 10,000 square feet of office space
It’s been 20 years since the Spreckels Sugar plant was shuttered as a victim of tightening sir quality rules in the San Joaquin Valley, cheap federal subsidized sugar, and soda firms and other companies switching to fructose and other non-traditional sugar sources.
When the first ground broke on development in 1999, developer Mike Atherton predicted it would take 20 years to completely build out the project. Within seven years, 95 percent of the former sugar plan and adjoining orchards and cattle feed lot had been redeveloped.
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