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Manteca starts 119 housing units
Biggest project is Magnolia Court apartments
A construction worker keeps his balance on a beam at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

Manteca builders have started 119 housing units in the first two months of 2010.

That is the equivalent of 13.2 percent of the sewer allocations that can be issued this year based on the growth management ordinance that limits the allocation of sewer connections to 3.9 percent of the existing housing stock at the end of the previous year.

That means with 16.6 percent of the year gone, 13.2 percent of the sewer allocations that could be issued for this year are now being used for housing units.

Of those housing units, 52 are apartments at the Magnolia Court subsidized housing for seniors. There were 58 single family homes started in January and 13 single family homes in February. Plans for another 16 single family homes are currently being reviewed by the city.

The growth management ordinance does not differentiate between single family homes and multiple unit housing complexes such as duplexes and apartments. The focus on jump starting housing that the City Council recently undertook only addressed single family homes and focused on home buyers and new home builders. It did not address the issue of affordable at market rental housing or the particular problems that developers of such complexes face in adding to the housing options in Manteca.

Manteca becoming city
of single family homes

Single family homes at the end of 2009 numbered 23,169 in Manteca or 77.9 percent of all housing stock. That is a larger share than 10 years prior in 1999 when there were 16,812 single family homes that accounted for 74.1 percent of all housing stock.

The non-single family homes include apartments, mobile homes, duplexes, and triplexes.

The 16 single family homes started in February have an average construction price of $146,680. The 13 homes now being reviewed have an average construction cost of $144,760 with an average of 2,513 square feet. About half of the homes started in February were at Pulte Homes’ Del Webb at Woodbridge where residents must be 55 years or older.

Magnolia Apartments

The construction cost of Magnolia Apartments is $3.6 million. The complex is being built on a 1.4-acre parcel wedged between Grant Avenue and the back of Dribbles’ Car Wash and Burger King on North Main Street.

The city put up $2 million in redevelopment funds to make the project possible.

It will consist of studios as well as one and two-bedroom apartments. Onsite amenities include a recreation room, onsite management office, laundry facilities, an outdoor garden area, and owner-provided high-speed internet in each unit. A solar water heating system will supplement two ultra-high efficiency hot water heaters providing solar heated hot water for the entire development, and a photovoltaic system will supply electricity for the common areas.

Magnolia Court is located within walking distance of grocery stores, retail, restaurants, medical offices, entertainment and the Manteca Library.

The courtyards will provide community gathering areas with outdoor barbecues, quiet areas of respite, and an interactive gardening area for resident’s enjoyment. On the outside, the street front includes unit entries and private porches similar to those of neighboring single family residences.