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Eliminating street helps clear way for Wayfair
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The first thing that will happen when the Lathrop City Council meets on Monday, after some short procedural steps, is the freshly elected members will be sworn in to their new positions. 

And they’ll get straight to work on helping clear the way for one of the city’s largest industrial developments – referred to in planning documents as South Lathrop – to continue to proceed with bringing nearly 5 million square feet of warehouse and light-industrial space to a city that has emerged as a choice destination for companies looking for logistics facilities. 

In a public hearing that will come at the end of the meeting the council will consider abandoning 9,789 square feet of the existing Glacier Street – formerly Madruga Road – in order to allow for the development to proceed on schedule. 

It’s the second street-related move that the council will consider after agreeing last month to change the name of Guthmiller Road – the name that was given to the portion of Yosemite Avenue that was south of the Highway 120 Bypass – to Yosemite in order to create uniformity for the neighboring property owners as well as the massive development. 

With furniture giant Wayfair already agreeing to occupy a 1.1 million square foot building on a 50-acre plot – the first tenant announced for one of the 10 buildings on the more than 315-acre site – the city is expecting other companies to follow suit relatively soon. 

The project is being constructed south of the Highway 120 Bypass near the Yosemite Avenue interchange, and is bordered by the I-5 on the west, the San Joaquin River to the south and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the east. The development company that is bringing the project to fruition has already invested millions of dollars in frontage improvements and upgrades that will allow for adequate storm drainage and sewer capacity. 

Originally approved for only six buildings totaling just over 4.3 million square-feet of space, the project was amended to expand the footprint to include nearly 600,000 additional square-feet of space spread across four new buildings that will be constructed to add variety in terms of the types of spaces that are available within the large warehouse-heavy area. 

 To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.