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Lathrop truck wash & repair shop proposed

The roughly 5-acre parcel on the east side of McKinley Avenue currently boasts a number of structures including a repair shop, shed, mobile office, accessory structure, and single-family residential home. 

But if the Lathrop Planning Commission gives its blessing next week during a special meeting that was called after the regularly-scheduled commission meeting was cancelled, the parcel will be home to a commercial business that will include a repair shop, a truck wash, and enough parking for up to 17 tractor-trailers. 

The Lathrop Planning Commission, which typically meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – will discuss the infill project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the same time inside of the Lathrop City Council chambers. 

And the project has a bit of a history with the city. 

According to the staff report, the city issued a Cease and Desist order earlier this year after an effort by the applicant to achieve a conditional use permit in 2017 failed and the business continued to operate without the required land use entitlements, permits, or required improvements. 

Issues with the relevant permits for a business operating on that site have been ongoing with the city since 2007, and while Lathrop allows for legal non-conforming use as long as a business permit is taken out every year, that didn’t end up happening consistently. 

The current proposal calls for a first phase of construction of a 12,000 square foot truck repair facility, a 2,800 square foot truck wash, and parking for 22 passenger vehicles and 19 tractor-trailers. As part of the agreement, four of the existing buildings on the site would be removed. 

A second phase of construction would expand the existing truck parking by 46 spaces, and a third phase would add room for seven more tractor-trailers for a total of 72 truck parking spaces.

There would be three driveways to access the facilities from McKinley Avenue, and the utilities would be provided by the City of Lathrop with a connection to the city’s existing water and sewer lines. 

For additional information, or to obtain a copy of the agenda, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.