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300-unit complex before Manteca planners on Thursday
union crossing rendering
A rendering of what the 300-unit Union Crossing apartment complex will look like.

The latest apartment complex up for approval is being heralded by city planners as setting “a new standard for quality and appeal in the City of Manteca.”

The wording from a Community Development staff report is in reference to the envisioned 300-unit Union Crossing apartment complex proposed on 12.78 acres on the southwest corner of Union Road and Atherton Drive.

The project is before the Manteca Planning Commission on Thursday when they meet at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center council chambers, 1001 W. Center St.

The staff report notes, “The developer has utilized a wide variety of materials, colors, and textures, not just at the entry points, but on all elevations. Significant efforts were made to continue visual interest, side to side and top to bottom. Architecture includes highly articulated façades all around, with a parapet that is capped by a stucco accent.

“Multi-tone paint and varying textural accents and materials are present on all elevations. Ground-level windows are recessed 2” to provide more visual relief on the pedestrian level, and second and third floor corner windows are accented by small cosmetic awnings. Third floor apartments have taller ceilings with a second, fixed window to allow greater natural light passage. Garage doors will include windows to allow natural light and to break up the visual mass. The developer is proposing three color schemes for the project, including blue, olive green, and an adobe brown.”

The closest example of what the complex will look like can be found on Pavilion Parkway in Tracy near the Tracy Auto Mall  where the Aspire Apartments are located across the street from WinCo Foods.

The Tracy complex features two one-bedroom models with rents at $2,499 and $2,786, a two bedroom and two bath floor plans at $2,804, and four town homes featuring the higher ceiling that rent for $3,030 to $4,410 per month. The $4,410 unit features three bedrooms and two bathrooms with 1,291 square feet.

For a comparison, the highest priced apartment unit currently in Manteca is renting for $2,915 a month. It is a three bedroom and two bathroom unit with 1,292 square feet at The Atherton on Atherton Drive.

The 300-unit Union Crossing complex is the apartment complex that is moving closest to breaking ground next.

Even though it partially borders Union Road, the proposed Union Crossing apartment complex will only be accessed from Atherton Drive at an intersection that aligns with the access drive for future commercial development between Living Spaces and Union Road. The intersection will be signalized.

The complex borders single family neighborhoods on the west and south. An approved Chevron station that has had preliminary site work started and a future commercial area on the southwest corner of Union Road and Atherton will also border the complex.

Union Crossing will consist of 15 three-story buildings, clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, dog park and common areas.

Once it is completed along with the second half of the 428-unit The Atherton complex now under construction east of Bass Pro Shops along the 120 Bypass, Atherton Drive will boost the largest concentration of apartments in Manteca.

There will be 1,340 units between five complexes.

Based on zoning additional apartments could be built along Atherton Drive between the Paseo Villas in the east and The Atherton in the west.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email