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Home starts reach 875 in Manteca during 2022
Manteca issued 75 permits for new homes in June and July. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Manteca issued permits to build 875 new single family homes in 2022.

That’s 30 percent higher than the 677 home starts in 2021

And it’s more than 70 percent higher than the 505 new home starts in 2020 that set the stage for Manteca to tie Tracy as California’s third fastest growing city among municipalities of 30,000 residents or more for 2021.

Both cities grew 2.9 percent in 2020. Manteca, with the lower population, added 2,519 residents while Tracy grew by 2,740 people.

And based on tracking back to 1990, the 875 housing starts in Manteca was the second highest behind 2000 when 1,074 permits were issued for single family homes. Last year bumped 2002 down to the third spot with 803.
Manteca also issued permits for 192 additional apartment units in 2022 that are all part of the second phase of The Atherton complex on Atherton Drive east of Bass Pro Shops.

Based on Manteca’s overall yield rate of 3.11 people per unit regardless of housing type, when all of the homes and apartments started last year are occupied it could add as much as 3,400 residents to the city.

During the five-year period ending Dec. 31, 2022 Manteca had 3,047 housing starts exclusive of apartments. Add the 670 apartments that were constructed and Manteca had the capacity to add right around 10,000 residents.

To put that in perspective, Escalon has 7,523 residents and Ripon 15,440 residents.

While housing starts are starting to slow down somewhat due to economic conditions, Manteca will still be positioned for single family housing growth.

That’s due to the Bay Area prices being much higher. Also new developments with traditional free standing detached single family homes are scarce west of the Altamont Pass due to the lack of available land that makes projects pencil out.

Manteca has more than 8,000 single family homes in the development pipeline from those approved for development to those going through the entitlement process.

In addition, there are now 2,573 apartment units either in the process of being built, approved but yet to break ground, or in the approval process.

There are four applications to build 1,516 apartments in Manteca currently under review by  the city.

*672 units on the southeast quadrant of the Main Street and 120 Bypass interchange.

 *62 units in the Yosemite complex proposed to the east of Kaiser Hospital on West Yosemite Avenue.

*472 units in the Wawona complex proposed on the west side of Airport Way between Big League Dreams and Wawona Street.

*210 units in the Soma complex proposed on the southeast corner of Atherton Drive and South Main Steet.

*100 units behind the Moose Lodge at North Main Street and Lancaster Drive.

An additional 856 units between three complexes have been entitled but have yet to start construction

Those three include the 136-unit Luxury Apartments on Lathrop Road west of Union Road where structures and trees have been removed from the project site.

Another approved complex yet to break ground is the 420-unit Prose project planned for the western extension of Center Street.

The third project is the 300-unit Union Crossing complex on the southwest corner of Union Road and Atherton Drive.

There are 201 apartments currently under construction. Of those 192 are in the second phase of The Atherton complex on Atherton Drive east of Bass Pro Shops. The others are in  a small complex on Stewart Street northeast of Powers and Yosemite avenues.

The proposed North Main Street and Lancaster Drive complex is being proposed by CDFRP Affordable Housing.

The firm — with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York — have owned, operated, developed and managed over 2,500 age-restricted units.

The parcel is behind the Elks Lodge and the small complex anchored by a Chevron station and convenience store that opened last year at North Main and Lancaster Drive.

It is the first rent-restricted complex that is not designed for seniors only to be proposed since the 153-unit Juniper Apartment complex was completed roughly a decade ago on Atherton Drive east of Van Ryn Avenue. That complex is considered workforce housing as the rent is tied to a set percentage of the renters’ income.

If approved, it would become Manteca’s third rent-restricted apartment complex. The other is on Wawona at Union Road.

There are four low-income senior complexes in Manteca as well.

Manteca largest apartment complex ever — the 672 units proposed on the southeast corner of the Main Street/120 Bypass interchange — is part of a larger housing development.

It will also include 48 duplex units and 98 single family homes to the east of Main Street with the homes on both sides of Atherton Drive.

That project is just north of the proposed 210 apartments on the southeast corner of Atherton Drive and South Street being pursued by the Bay Area-based SOMA group.

When those are completed as well as the Quintal Road project complexes, there will be 2,326 apartment units along Atherton Drive between Bass Pro Road and a point east of Van Ryn Avenue.


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