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Great Wolf grading permits top $3.5M

Manteca is processing a permit for grading that has a higher value than the construction cost of 10 typical new homes.

The $3.2 million permit request is one of three submitted by Turner Construction for the Great Wolf 500-room hotel and indoor waterpark.

Two smaller permits for grading for work valued at $340,000 has already been issued to Turner Construction for the private sector investment expected to cost more than $180 million to build on 30 acres bought from the city west of Costco off of what will be the future extension of Daniels Street. Altogether that means Great Wolf is spending nearly $3.6 million to essentially move dirt

Turner Construction has also been issued a permit for temporary construction offices valued at $200,000. The need for a 7,000-square-foot construction office underscores the massive scope and specialized construction such as a water purification system that recycles 99 percent of the indoor water park water in use at any given time of roughly the same amount of water that fills an Olympic sized swimming pool.

The mechanics and science involved will make it the most miserly water recycling system in the region.

Turner Construction has indicated they will be tapping into area union labor to perform much of the work. 

Great Wolf is delivering on a promise that the bulk of the 1,397 construction jobs will be from the local region.

Of the cost $180 million needed to build the water park resort $76.3 million will go into the pockets of construction workers. The Great Wolf Lodge that will include a 109,767-aquare-foot indoor waterpark is expect to take 18 months to complete with a targeted opening of mid-2020.

And those workers with special skills that may not be available within a reasonable commute to Manteca will — like happens on other jobs — fill Manteca hotel rooms as well as drop cash in local restaurants.

 Great Wolf will employ 250 fulltime and 250 part-time workers. They intend to have a job fair first for Manteca residents with the intent to hire as many qualified candidates as they can from the community that will be home to the firm’s 19th lodge.



Grading will start soon

for new AAA office

Speaking of grading permits, the City of Manteca is also processing a permit for work at 190 Commerce Drive on vacant land near Bank of the West Chipolte’s and America’s Tire Store.

The work on the 1.28 acre parcel is valued at $300,000.

It will allow for the construction of a 10,660-square-foot building backing 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. Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage has already leased the largest available space to AAA that has had an office on Trevino Avenue in West Manteca since the early 1990s.
The current AAA office with 6,429 square feet located behind Valley Oak Dental and down the street from the Kaiser Medical Clinic and Kaiser Hospital is being marketed as prime medical office space. The property is listed for $1.8 million.

The leasing  firm for the Commerce Drive project 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. It was torn down more than 15 years ago when its new location on Spreckels Avenue (now J&M Equipment) was built.



Another Facebook

campaign video for

Manteca mayor’s race

Manteca mayoral candidate Ben Cantu, has released his campaign's second video ad for the Nov. 6 election. The video is titled "Forgotten Mantecans."

"I will be a Mayor who gets things done in Manteca," Cantu says in the ad. "I'm running for Mayor to address the needs of the forgotten Mantecans. The part of our community that needs new roads, more police officers, safe neighborhoods, and support of our small businesses. It's time we had a Mayor who puts all of our residents first, not just the few."


"Forgotten Mantecans" is currently being distributed through digital platforms. It has been viewed more than 3,000 times to date on Facebook. The Cantu campaign's previous video ad, "A New Mayor," has been viewed more than 62,000 times online since last month.

The video can be viewed on Cantu’s website,, or on his Facebook page, 


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