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Interest strong in city land at Daniels & Candini Drive
Interest strong in city land at Daniels & Candini Drive

One of the hottest spots in the South County for a brewpub or restaurant could very well be City of Manteca property on the northwest corner of Milo Candini Drive and Daniels Street at the entrance to the Big League Dreams sports complex.

It is partially due to 500,000 plus people each year that attend games and tournaments at BLD. It is also just down the street from the 500-room Great Wolf Resort indoor water park opening Sept. 1 with an anticipated annual booking of 500,000 guests.

Then there is the high visibility on Daniels Street that leads to Costco that is the heaviest regional commercial draw in Manteca. Add that to the promise of future development in the city’s 110-acre family entertainment zone anchored by BLD and Great Wolf and the built in traffic with the right attractions aimed at people that demographics show are fairly frequent spenders on dining and entertainment/recreation and the city figures they can turn what is now just grass and parking spaces into a vibrant economic attraction.

The City Council took the first step toward such an endeavor taking place Tuesday when they directed staff to start a state-required process needed to make publically owned property available for lease or sale to the private sector for such purposes.

The area in question is roughly 36,000 square feet along Daniels Street.  Given the 624 parking spaces at the BLD complex owned by the city have only been at capacity during Fourth of July aerial fireworks shows there is ample space for a brewpub or a restaurant when it comes to parking spaace.

The council also wants staff to further vet the land lease option for a private concern interested in developing the site.

State law precludes city officials from talking with private sector concerns interested in the site while a roughly 60-day process takes place to determine whether the land is not needed for a public purpose. However, in recent months several parties have expressed interest in the site for uses such as a brewpub or a restaurant.


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