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Mother of all distribution centers
Size of 53 Manteca Wal-Mart stores
The proposed 273-acre Centre Point intermodal distribution center is being planned north of Lathrop Road, south of Roth Road and west of Airport Way. - photo by RYAN BALBUENA
Manteca could position itself as a major distribution center for Northern California with a massive rail and truck distribution center.

Centre Point is moving through the preliminary planning process with 4.2 million square feet of distribution-style buildings in six structures on 226 acres in the Nevada-shaped parcel bounded by Lathrop Road on the north, Airport Way on the east and the railroad on the southwest.

It is immediately north of the Manteca Unified district office complex and school farm.

Developers are preparing to do a traffic study for the complex that includes 980 parking spaces for truck trailers  and 769 loading dock doors.

It would be large enough to accommodate the square footage of eight Ford auto parts distribution centers like the one located in Spreckels Park or 53 Manteca Wal-Mart stores.

What makes the Center Point project unique is that it is a being designed as a true intermodal distribution center.  That means every building would have rail service.

The location is especially advantageous for two reasons.

First it is just a few hundred yards from the southeast edge of the Union Pacific intermodal operation and within 10 miles of the Santa Fe intermodal operation that puts truck trailers on and of railroad flat bed cars for long distance transportation. The plus of having the two intermodal railroad operations near by — one a four minute drive, if that — and the other 15 minutes away means whatever companies locate there have the capability of moving goods to and from virtually every major market west of the Mississippi River in a  time efficient manner.

Manteca is also at the heart of the third largest market — 17 million consumers — within a 100-mile radius behind New York-Long Island and Los Angeles. It is what attracted Bass Pro Shops to Manteca. That means trucks can travel to and from the distribution center to stores serving 17 million consumers easily within an eight-hour workday.

The site is virtually smack dab at the midway point Highway 99 and Interstate 5 accessed by Lathrop Road. It is also connected to the Highway 120 Bypass directly via Airport Way, which also provides access to Stockton Metro Airport.
If the distribution center materializes, it will be one of a kind in terms of location and size in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The site still has to be annexed to the City of Manteca. It is within Manteca’s sphere of influence and is continuous to the city limits.

The annexation process is separate from one that would take the Manteca Unified School District office complex and school farm immediately to the south into the City of Manteca.

It is also further along in the process than the 1,050-acre Austin Road Business Park. It abuts Woodward Avenue and Highway 99 to the north, an imaginary line if Highway 99 ran due south at the interchange with the 120 Bypass instead of angling off to the southeast, and future Ripon city limits on the south as well as the east.

It would have 3.5 million square feet of general commercial or about four times the amount of square footage as The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley that is now under construction. It would also have 8 million square feet of industrial, business park, and office use plus 3,400 homes. This is also where the proposed Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau events center and 5,000-seat amphitheater is proposed.

The industrial uses would generate between 3,000 and 6,000 jobs while the retail portion could yield up to 7,000 jobs.

The homes could accommodate up to 10,200 residents are just under a sixth of the city’s current population.