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A new home for Manteca AAA office?

A new home

for Manteca

AAA office?

One of the three spaces being created in a 10,660-sqaure-foot retail building being pursued at 190 Commerce Drive between Bank of the West and America’s Tire Store  will be the new home of the Manteca AAA (American Automobile Association).

Plans for the $890,400 building that will back up to Commerce Drive with spacing for a drive thru lane between the back of the structure and the sidewalk with the front facing east are now being reviewed by the City of Manteca.

Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage lists the largest available space as being leased to AAA that has had an office on Trevino Avenue in West Manteca since 1990.

The firm has indicated they are negotiating with an Asian food drive thru and are still working on filling the third space.

When the building is finished it will complete the transformation of the former Tradeway Chevrolet  dealership site. Before it was torn down more than 15 years ago when its new location on Spreckels Avenue (now J&M Equipment) was built, it advertised itself as the ugliest dealership around complete with radio commercials of a dog howling at the end with the voice over going “Yes, it’s that ugly.”

Given the basic 1955 construction that may have been a little generous.

The old Tradeway dealership — owned by the late Bill Sexton and his son, the late Jerry Sexton — bordered Yosemite Avenue and Highway 99 as well as what is today Historical Plaza Way and Commerce Drive.

It currently has the highest concentration of food/drink (aka Starbucks, Jamba Juice) in Manteca.


Manteca’s first

townhouses in

more than 15 years

Speaking of infill projects, more vacant property that has been weed infested and nothing but dirt and dust generators for years are starting to disappear throughout Manteca thanks to the booming economy and growth.

Several vacant lots along Alameda Street now have single family homes being built.

The biggest endeavor to date is now moving through the plan review process at City Hall.

It is a 13 unit townhouse complex on the southwest corner of Alameda Street and Walnut Avenue.

The $1.8 million project will include two buildings encompassing 5,200 square feet and one with 6,500 square feet on 0.89 acres. All of the townhouse will have one and two bedroom two-story floorplans. There will also be 400 square feet of private open space per dwelling in the form of porches, courtyards, or balconies.

It’s been more than 15 years since the last townhouses were built in Manteca.


Manteca’s $4.75 million

parking lot for truck trailers

The most expensive parking lot ever built in the city could be the one now under construction at the CenterPoint Business Park in northwest Manteca west of Airport Way and south of Roth Road.

The city issued a permit valued at $4.75 million in July to create a 6.8-acre parking area for 153 trailers and containers immediately across from the Union Pacific Railroad Intermodal yard. It is essentially a short-term storage lot for containers and trailers that are transferred to and from Union Pacific Railroad flat cars. It will be connected to the UP facility via a private railroad crossing.

The lot will be fenced and landscaped in a manner that the visual impact from Airport Way will be at a minimum.

It is going in as UP starts to ramp up transfers at the intermodal facility that has been approved for major expansion over the course of the nest two decades.

Currently the UP intermodal facility can “lift”  — remove and place truck trailers on specially designed railroad flat cars — on some 270,000 container a year. At build-out that number will reach 730,000 lifts.



Halloween costumes,

Christmas  ribbons in

August? Only at Costco

There’s was a slight chill in the air as the high failed to reach 100 degrees on Tuesday.

Halloween costumes are on the racks, Jack O’ Lantern decorations are for sale and boxes of Christmas ribbon to wrap presents are on display.

Yes, it is mid-August at Costco.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email