For the first time since at least 1970 single family home starts have not led the yearly new construction tallies in Manteca.
Manteca issued permits for a record $228 million in new construction in 2017.
Leading the way were 10 permits for commercial structures that encompasses the new 5.11 Tactical distribution center, business park spec buildings, Pet Smart, and a new ARCO/AM with car wash among others.
The overall value of the commercial work came in at $89.2 million.
That eclipsed the 304 permits issued for new single family homes valued at $85.6 million.
The new commercial construction is adding 1.2 million square feet while the new single family homes represent 881,438 square feet. Combined that is equivalent to building 16 Manteca Walmart stores based on square footage.
There were 290 permits issued in Manteca last month for work valued at $30.3 million. That is also a record for the month of December.
Spurring the year end surge were seven permits connected with the Tesoro Apartment project at Atherton Drive and Van Ryn Avenue valued at $11.7 million. Overall, 12 permits for multi-family units were issued in 2017 for a combined value of $19.8 million.
As things stand now, 2018 could easily eclipse the just completed record breaking year for new construction in Manteca requiring city permits.
Should the city and Great Wolf Resort make a deal in the coming months, plans are for the city to make it possible for work to start this summer. That means a large chunk of the permits needed to build structures pegged at $250 million for the 500-room hotel resort with indoor water park and a family recreation/restaurant complex along with a conference center would be issued this year.
Builders expected to start at least 300 more homes this year while the 125-unit Woodbridge Apartment complex is now in the review process at city hall. Toss in two new fast food style restaurants in the approval process —Chick-A-Fil and Habit Burgers — as well as a gas station with convenience store, fast food restaurant and car wash planned for Lathrop Road at Crestwood Avenue along with another distribution center being moved forward and construction starts could easily exceed $250 million in value by year’s end.
Work on the shopping center anchored by SaveMart supermarket on the southeast corner of Atherton Drive at Main Street that reportedly has 80 percent of its in-line space leased and the construction totals for Manteca in 2018 could pass $260 million.
Add to that no less than three major infrastructure projects by the City of Manteca — the Atherton Drive gap project, the food to fuel project at the wastewater treatment plant, along with the start of the new Union Road/120 Bypass interchange — construction activity should soar past the $300 million mark this year.
It may seem half of Manteca is being upended by construction activity given two major road rehabilitation projects will start in the coming months. That includes the Main Street corridor from Yosemite Avenue to Woodward Avenue this spring and Yosemite Avenue from Main Street to Cottage Avenue/Spreckels Avenue this summer.
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