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Project could generate 1,983 more students
The line of palm trees that delineates Palm Avenue where it intersects with Austin Road is roughly the heart of the proposed 1,049 acre Austin Road Business Park project. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The 1,049-acre Austin Road Business Park development project envisioned south of Manteca and west of Highway 99 is projected to generate as many as 13,000 jobs and up to 10,200 residents.

It is also expected to create a need to educate up to 1,983 students with 58 percent of that number anticipated to live within the boundaries of the Ripon Unified School District.

It would take two kindergarten through eighth grade schools and 16 new high school classrooms to accommodate the students at full build-out of the project.

The project is expected to go before the Manteca City Council within a month for its final blessing. The council will be asked to approve a master plan, pre-zone, environmental impact report, and an annexation request.

A development agreement - which is not hammered out yet - will ultimately address future school sites and how the developers will help soften the impact on both the Ripon Unified and Manteca Unified school districts.
It marks the first time that a project proposed for the City of Manteca will directly impact Ripon Unified.

The phasing of the project calls for the initial two waves of development to concentrate exclusively on industrial, business park, and general commercial uses. That gives both school districts some breathing room.

The initial houses are at least five to 10 years away.

Manteca Unified has prepared for future growth south of the Highway 120 Bypass by securing the site for a fourth comprehensive high school within the City of Manteca on Tinnin Road. That puts all of the potential housing that Austin Road Business Park developers will build in Manteca’s city limits within 2.5 miles of the future high school.

The project will straddle Austin Road as it runs south toward a point several miles north of West Ripon Road. It will require a southern extension of Atherton Drive.