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Penske Logistics – the firm Lowe’s contracts with to handle their distribution system — operates out of this 551,475 square-foot building built this year on Airport Way.

There are building booms and then there are building kabooms. 

Manteca — 11 months into 2018 — has issued 1,853 permits for construction valued at $452 million.

That’s almost double last year’s record of $228 million.

Topping that off, there are 72 permit applicants in review at City Hall that have a combined value of $146.7 million. That is a higher value of permits in review in one month than in all but five full years when it comes to the issuance of new building permits in Manteca’s 100 year history.

Although 460 permits have been issued so far for single family homes with a combined construction value of $151.9 million and 15 permits for multiple family dwellings valued at $6.3 million, housing did not lead the way as it usually does. 

Commercial shell buildings — a category that includes permits for the Penske Logistics (Lowe’s Home Improvement distribution center) on Airport Way, Medline (on Louise Avenue behind Amazon Prime), Scannell Properties (a distribution center in Spreckels Park) and Great Wolf Resorts — accounted for $72.7 million worth of work. There was as 12 permits issued so far this year for commercial buildings such as Petco, Habit Burger and three new gas stations/convenience stores (including two on Main Street).

Another $13.5 million permit is for work at the Manteca wastewater treatment plant.

Great Wolf was issued a shell building permit valued at $20.9 million in November. The city is currently processing another Great Wolf permit for work valued at $93.2 million. The 500-room hotel and indoor water park being built along the future extension of Daniel Street west of Costco along the 120 Bypass is targeted to open in mid-2020.

The $146.7 million worth of permits in review includes $42.7 million for a 746,740-square-foot concrete tilt-up building on North Airport Way proposed between 5.11 Tactical and the Penske operation that serves as Lowe’s Northern California distribution center. The building that is being reviewed is expected to accommodate an e-commerce operation.