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Construction: $51.2M worth of work starts
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Two months into 2017 and construction activity in Manteca has already reached half of the $100.7 millon level for all of last year.
The value of construction starts was at $51.2 million as of Feb. 28.
There have been 66 new homes started despite heavy rains in both January and February. That compares to 362 housing units built in all of 2016.
Forty-two homes were started In February. They had a combined construction value — not market value — of $11.2 million. The average size for a new home started last month was 2,719 square feet.
February saw 166 permits issued for work valued at $13.5 million. In February of 2016, there were 185 permits issued for work valued at $8.6 million.
Another hot spot is residential solar systems to generate electricity. Manteca issued 39 permits for solar work bringing the two month total for 2017 to 66 installations with a combined value of $1.2 million.
Among major projects moving forward but yet to break ground:.
uCenterPoint plans to start work in in the coming months on a 404,657-square-foot concrete tilt-up industrial warehouse that for 5.11 Tactical at the business park bordered by Airport Way on the east and Roth Road on the north in northwest Manteca.  The plan for Tactical 5.11 also calls for a possible 134,500 square foot addition at a later date.
uCenterPoint is also pushing to break ground on a spec building or for a client that they have yet to disclose.  The 1,199,997-square-foot building is being proposed in two phases on a 63.29-acre parcel. The first phase will consist of 551,475 square feet.
uPlans are at city hall for review to build a 150-unit apartment complex between Paseo Villas and Juniper Apartments along Atherton Drive.
uAt least three small commercial projects are expected to break ground with at least two of them containing gas stations and convenience stores.
Developers surveyed by the Bulletin anticipate building between 400 and 500 new single family homes this year.

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