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McMansion blight fight
RDA may expand into newer neighborhoods
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Eleven neighborhoods in Manteca where more than 700 foreclosures occurred in 2008 and 2009 could become part of the municipal redevelopment project area.

Several of the neighborhoods were developed in the past 10 years.

The City Council sitting as the redevelopment agency commission Tuesday will consider spending $205,000 in RDA funds to hire Urban Futures to determine whether the targeted areas meet state law for inclusion in a redevelopment project area. The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Two of the commission members have a potential conflict as they reside in the impacted areas – Mayor Willie Weatherford and Councilman Steve DeBrum.

Redevelopment agencies are allowed under state law established in the 1950s to fight blight and spur economic development. They work by capturing a set percentage of revenue from property tax increments the year they are formed. State laws require a chunk of the RDA property taxes to go to school districts with the state making sure school districts are kept whole.

The general definitions of the areas being studied are as follows:

• The neighborhoods southeast of the Highway 120 Bypass and Airport Way interchange.

• The Heritage Ranch neighborhood to the east and south of Joshua Cowell School where Manteca’s biggest tract homes – the 4,400-square-foot McMansions – were built.

• Most of the Union Road corridor between the Highway 120 Bypass and Marion Street.

• The neighborhood southeast of the Union Road and Union Pacific Railroad crossing where the Cherry Lane condos as well as patio homes are located.

• Neighborhoods bounded on the west by the railroad tracks, on the south by Alameda Street, on the north by Louise Avenue, and the east of Main Street including Mayors Park as well as portions of the neighborhoods immediately north of Louise Avenue between the railroad tracks and Main Street.

• The neighborhoods bounded on the west by the Tidewater Bikeway, on the north by Lathrop Road, the east by Main Street, and the south by Joseph Road. Mayor Weatherford lives in the area.

• Springtime Estates northwest of Louise Avenue and Highway 99,

• The neighborhood bounded by Main Street, Yosemite Avenue, Lincoln School, and Moffat Boulevard.

• The neighborhood behind Doctors Hospital bounded by Cottage Avenue, Highway 99, and North Street.

• The area northeast of the Highway 120 Bypass and Highway 99 interchange that is within the Manteca city limits and consists primarily of homes that were once homes on small rural parcels that have experienced a high number of foreclosures. Councilman DeBrum lives in the neighborhood.

There are other neighborhoods with extensive foreclosures but they are already within the established RDA project area boundaries.

Urban Futures will do a number of tasks including drafting the redevelopment plan, preparing a draft environment impact report, transit required documents to the State Finance Director, prepare adopting ordinances, certify the final program in an environmental impact report, and conduct two community workshops.