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2nd phase of 1,470- home project nears start in Lathrop
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A subdivision that will house 1,470 single family homes could begin construction on its second phase within a few weeks.

Stanford Crossing – named after the railroad tycoon – was set to get approval by the Lathrop Planning Commission last month but the item, which was the only public hearing scheduled, was continued until the body meets again on July 18.

The second phase project, which is being constructed on an 18-acre parcel, is being subdivided into 113 residential lots ranging in size from 4,000 to 9,000 square feet. It will be located at the southwest corner of Stanford Crossing Drive and Barbara Terry Boulevard.

Earlier this year the Lathrop City Council voted to change the name of Land Park Drive – which served as an extension of Spartan Way beyond the roundabout past Lathrop High School – to Stanford Crossing Drive in order to create continuity and identify for the community that will ultimately be constructed there. Land Park was the name chosen by the previous developer who never completed plans to construct homes on the sprawling property – which was eventually sold to Saybrook LLC and is being developed as part of an area referred to in planning documents as Central Lathrop.

And the name for the subdivision has roots that runs deep in Lathrop’s history – all the way to the name.

Leland Stanford, who was responsible for constructing the segment of the transcontinental railroad that ran from Oakland to Utah, is famously remembered as the man who drove the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, thus joining of the two segments of the Overland Route together.

But the last piece of the route that connected the East and West Coasts of the United States wasn’t formally completed until months later when the Mossdale Bridge over the San Joaquin River was finished.

Stanford, who played a role in naming strategic points along the route that he famously constructed, decided on the name of Lathrop for the city near where the last track was laid in honor of his wife, Jane.

The Lathrop Planning Commission, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – at 6 p.m., will discuss the Stanford Crossing expansion when they next meet on July 18. A detailed breakdown of the plan will be available days prior to the meeting, and can be viewed at the city’s website at

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.