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Surplus office space may generate cash for district
One of three signs on Louise Avenue and Airport Way advertises the availability of office spaces for rent in the old Manteca Unified administration building. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

For lease: 2,400 square feet of office space. Rent is from 75 cents to $1.15 a square foot, but that’s negotiable. You don’t have to rent the entire space either. The highly motivated landlord is willing to rent out just a third or only half of the space if that’s all that a client wants or needs.

Above all, the landlord is “willing to accommodate anybody.”

The only downside, if you can call it that, is its location. It’s not in a heavy pedestrian-traffic area like the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley south of the 120 bypass on Union Road where the trendy and popular Bass Pro Shops is the main customer magnet. On the plus side, the property is in a high-visibility transportation corridor with a well-known major office next-door for neighbor. A really big plus when advertising your office location.

The property being offered for lease is the building that once housed the Manteca Unified School District board room and administration offices at 2275 W. Louise Avenue, just west of Airport Way.  It became vacant when the new three-story district office building was constructed just behind the old facility.

The Board of Education gave its stamp of approval back in August to have the available spaces rented out. The following month, the district snagged its first tenant – the Premier Community Credit Union which made the move from its trailer location behind the old Lathrop City Hall at J. R. Simplot on Howland Road. It also had a slightly different name at that time.

MUSD Senior Director of Business Services/Chief Business Officer Jacqui Breitenbucher said the credit union leased the entire 1,452 square feet spaced previously used by the school board for their meetings at $1.15 a square foot. The spaces can be leased from one year to a maximum of five years. The credit union signed a five-year contract which is subject to a review process by the board at the end of that term. The length of the contract is limited by the district’s education code to a maximum of five years subject to the board review prior to renewal, Breitenbucher said.

Renters are not required to pay a deposit or advance rent; they simply sign the contract before they move in, she added.

Those who would be leasing the available spaces in the old administration building would be sharing a common bathroom, a common hallway and a common lounge area with the credit union. These amenities have already been upgraded by the credit union.

The bathroom facilities were primarily utilitarian like those found in school facilities. “Premier upgraded the bathrooms because they wanted a more presentable bathroom to their clientele,” Breitenbucher explained. The lounge/break rooms were kept the same.

Premier has been a “great tenant” so the board is hoping they will want to continue their contract when the five years are up, Breitenbucher said.
Money from the district rental properties will “go back into our maintenance account to help our facilities,” she said.

The credit union is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about the district offices available for lease, call Jacqui Breitenbucher at (209) 858-0728.