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City manager gone; more fast food coming
The contractual sale of 0.847 acres on the southeast corner of the Daniels Street and Fishback Road intersection could mean another fast food restaurant is on the way. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

City Manager Elena Reyes is history.

The Manteca City Council and Reyes officially parted ways on Good Friday.

Her tenure may have set a record for the shortest in municipal history. Reyes was on the city’s payroll for 246 days of which more than half — 136 days — she was on paid leave. Reyes had not been at city hall since Nov. 28 when the council placed her on paid administrative leave after several employees filed formal complaints against her.

Now that Reyes is gone the City Council can start the search for her replacement. Meanwhile Greg Showerman will continue as acting city manager.

Reyes’ photo disappeared from the city’s website’s administration page on Friday. In its place is photo of the outside of the council chambers at the Manteca Civic Center.


Another fast

food outlet along

Daniels Street?

Is there another fast food restaurant in Manteca’s future?

Tuesday’s City Council meeting includes an agenda item to sell 0.847 acres of city-owned commercial property at 1842 Daniels Street to the developers of Stadium Retail East.

The parcel being sold for $590,592 is the average size of a typical site for a free standing fast food restaurant.

The land being sold appraised at $15.98 per square foot.

The parcel is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Daniels Street with Fishback Road and the entrance driveway that leads to Sizzler’s and Taco Bell. The other side of the entrance is where an Arco gas station with car wash and convenience store is being built.

Stadium Retail East is also home to a McDonald’s.

The lot the city is selling originally was part of a parcel planned for a Lowe’s home improvement store before the Great Recession hit.

The balance of the land is tied up in a deal with San Joaquin County to build a South County satellite center for county offices. 

Originally the city had set aside land at the northeast corner of Daniels Street and Milo Canidni for the county center. Commercial real estate experts advised the council the site directly across from Big Leagues Dreams would have a better chance of developing commercially than the location to the east on Daniels. Not only is it a bit farther from the Airport Way and 120 Bypass but it doesn’t have existing traffic passing by it as does the site across from BLD. The traffic pull of Costco as well as other Stadium Retail Center ventures is significantly more marketable.

The rest of the parcel east of Sizzler’s is where the county complex is now planned.

County officials have $660,000 set aide to do preliminary work for development plans they hope to tackle in the next several years. The preliminary vision calls for two buildings covering 150,000 square feet or roughly the same size of the 145,000-square-foot Lowe’s that had been proposed for the site.

Money flowing in from county facilities fees collected on new growth is critical to fund the actual construction of the county complex. 

The plan calls to locate satellite offices for human services, health service including a clinic, child support payments, agricultural commissioner, assessor, and tax collector to serve residents in the fast growing South County. It could create as many as 400 jobs.

It is questionable whether courtrooms will be built there but if they are offices for the public defender, district attorney, sheriff’s department, and probation department will also be included in the complex.

Since the site originally was bought with redevelopment agency money, the proceeds from the sale before the council Tuesday will go into the city’s RDA bond proceeds account.

Under state law the money can only be spent for another tax-exempt bond qualified project such as infrastructure and must be spent within two years of receipt.   

As of March 2016 the city had roughly $40 million left to spend from the sale of RDA bonds that has been earmarked for specific projects.

While $20 million is set aside for southwest Manteca economic development and community parks that is essentially the family entertainment zone project, the balance has been committed to undertakings such as the upgrading of the Union Road interchange on the 120 Bypass, extending Milo Candini Drive to Yosemite Avenue and additional subsidized senior housing on Cottage Avenue and the Highway 99 overcrossing.

Bond money can only be used for projects listed when the bonds were sold to investors.

It doesn’t preclude the city from shifting money from one project to another on the approved list. Nor does it require all of the listed projects be built.