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Remodeling permits also being reviewed for former Kragen & Indy Electronics buildings
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The former Kragen Auto Parts store in the 400 block of East Yosemite Avenue across from Manteca High that has sat vacant for years has a permit in view to remodel the structure for a tenant.

Another million square feet of distribution center space in Manteca is moving forward on land that just five years ago was the site of a dairy.

CenterPoint Properties in February submitted plans to the city to add 278,700 square feet to the 551,575-square-foot distribution center Penske Logistics opened seven months ago in north Manteca. The $21.9 million project will increase the existing Penkse Logistics’ 551,745-square-foot building by 50 percent. Penske’s operation at Airport Way and Roth Road serves as the Lowe’s Home Improvement distribution center for Northern California and Nevada.

It joins another CenterPoint project that was already in permit review — a 746,790-square-foot shell building for sandwiched between 5.11 Tactical and the Penske building. The shell permit is valued at $42.7 million.

Although no announcement has been made of a perspective tenant, the traffic circulation approved for the building mirrors that of a typical e-commerce distribution center. That doesn’t mean it will end up being an e-commerce distribution center per se but it is approved for a use that can be that intense.

CenterPoint has yet to start construction of business park space in Manteca without a client lined up.

Another  permit valued at $93.2 million that was submitted several months ago for review is  for the basic 528,931-square-foot building that will house the 500-room Great Wolf Resort hotel, indoor water park, conference center and family entertainment area that includes a number of restaurants and diversions.

Other significant permits that were filed for in review at city hall last month includes a 3,360-square-foot project connected with the Costco membership warehouse on Daniels Street that has a value of $1.4 million. 

There is also a 6,595-square foot permit listed as a commercial addition for the building that currently houses the Manteca AAA insurance office at 165 Trevino Ave.

AAA is relocating to a new 10,660-square-foot commercial structure that will include a drive-thru restaurant now under construction on Commerce Avenue just south of the Bank of the West. The 6,492-saure-foot building behind Valley Dental group on Trevino that was built in 1990 had been listed for $1.8 million for use for medical or professional offices but is no longer available. If the addition is for an expansion the only way additional space can be added is with a second story.

Also being processed is a permit to remodel 67,028 square feet of the 88,535-sqaure-foot structure at 400 Industrial Park Drive that was originally built in 1980 to house Indy Electronics. It was subsequently occupied by Alphatec and Turnkey Solutions. It has sat vacant since the late 1990s. The permit has a value of $1.3 million

Another permit for a commercial remodel is the 4,790-square-foot former Kragen Auto Parts store at 411 E. Yosemite Ave, across from Manteca High. It had been listed for lease as retail of office space but is now listed on real estate sites as not being available. The remodeling permit has a $450,000 value.

Altogether 124 additional projects ranging from eight new swimming pools and 34 single family homes to a $10,750 sign for the apartment complex at 350 North Union Road are being reviewed. They have a collective value of $32.4 million.

The city in January and February issued 431 permits for work valued at $47.2 million. That includes 51 new single family homes, 10 swimming pools/spas, a $290,000 commercial solar project, and 113 residential solar permits among others.

Based just on the three major permits in review — Great Wolf, the Penske addition and the proposed distribution center between Penske and 5.11 Tactical — there will be $156 million worth of new construction this year. Add the $47 million in permits already issued in the first two months of 2019 and if Manteca this year sees a repeat of 2018 when 470 single family homes with a combined value of $158.4 million were built, private sector construction activity in Manteca will exceed $360 million this year.

With 10 months to go and the potential for other major projects to break ground such as the 130,000-square-foot Living Space furniture showroom/warehouse proposed on the extension of Atherton Drive west of Union Road plus smaller permits for solar and such the city could exceed $400 million in new construction activity by year’s end.

The odds are for private sector construction 2019 will end up being the second biggest year for Manteca in terms of valuation second only to last year’s record $44.6 million in new construction activity.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email