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Three medical offices are planned for Spreckels Park
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A rendering of the proposed medical office buildings

There are three more medical office buildings proposed for Spreckels Park.

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

The 20-foot high, single story structures will consist of a combined 25,000 square feet.

They are being built on a parcel where the Spreckels Sugar plant office once stood. There will be 125 parking spaces included.

It is to the west of six existing medical offices — including the Valley Cancer Medical Center — off of Norman Drive. It borders the blocked off Marin Street stubbed in the Powers Tract neighborhood.

The project is the second medical office complex in the area that is moving toward construction.

Plans for a two-story, 40,000-square-foot medical office building on Cottage Court south of Doctors Hospital of Manteca have ben processed by the city.

The three medical office buildings before the Planning Commission non Thursday is on one of the undeveloped parcels remaining from the conversion of the former Spreckels Sugar Sugar plant that started work on being  converted into a multi-use development in 1998.

It borders the largest remaining undeveloped parcel in Spreckels Park where a 304,120-square-foot distribution center has been approved to be built.

Prologis —a San Francisco-based real estate company specializing in the space needs of the consumption side of the global supply chain — is pursing the distribution center project. The firm has more than $56 billion in assets.

The project is in the 400 block of Spreckels Avenue. It backs up to homes along Cowell Street in the Powers Tact neighborhood. To the south is American Modular while to the north are medical offices and J&M farm equipment.

The distribution center  will have 8,000 square feet of office space included in the footprint. The building will have 56 truck loading docks on the north side of the building along with parking space for 63 truck trailers. The site will have 180 car parking spaces with some of those adjacent to a sound wall separating the property from nearby homes.

Once the distribution center and medical offices are built, there will be only three “vacant parcels” left. One is land Frito-Lay is holding on the northeast corner Spreckels and Moffat for future expansion of its adjacent distribution center.

The second parcel adjacent to the historical plaza behind Chevron was sold to a Modesto investor who is planning on re-developing the site.

The final parcel is the storm retention basin on Commerce Court next to the Ford Small Parts Distribution Center that is in its natural state.

The historical plaza sit has received city approval for a 7,560-square-foot retail building directly behind the Chevron station. It will have two suites.

Spreckels in 1917  located a plant on what was the outskirts of Manteca after a farming boom triggered by South San Joaquin Irrigation District delivering irrigation water in the area quadrupled the size of Manteca’s commercial area over a two-year period.

Spreckels shuttered the plant in 1997.

It eventually was developed into a 360-acre multi-use project by Mike Atherton, Bing Kirk and Bill Filios. The project includes 166 homes as well as the, Target-Home Depot, and Food-4-Less shopping areas.


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