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Project aims for massive distribution style tenants
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There’s nothing small about the proposed Lathrop Gateway Business Park.

The 171-acre project that’s bounded by Yosemite Avenue to the north, McKinley Avenue to the east and the Union Pacific railroad to the south is proposed to be broken up into six developable lots ranging in size between 10 and 44 acres apiece and 7 lots for public utilities and right of way.

A tentative parcel map is up for approval of the Lathrop Planning Commission tonight.

According to the staff report at least two of the six available lots can accommodate buildings between 700,000 and 1-million square-feet in size. It will help solidify Lathrop’s place as a destination as a logistics hub situated between two major California arterial freeways and right near the diversion that brings traffic across to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The project has been in the works for years, and the environmental impact report already got its blessing from the Lathrop City Council in 2011. Now it will be up to the Planning Commission to decide whether the project, which has gotten the sign-off by Lathrop’s civic planners, is in accordance with the best policies and practices of the city.

The sprawling project will further expand the business park section that has stretched back to D’Arcy Parkway and will extend all the way out to the Highway 120 Bypass and provide access along a new, yet-to-be-constructed roadway that will stretch from Yosemite Avenue back towards the freeway and McKinley Avenue.

Major tenants in the area like In-N-Out, Home Depot and Tesla only help Lathrop’s chances of landing major industrial and logistical companies. Local firms have helped fill out the existing parcels that extend back out along what have become major routes for tractor-trailers.

But the original project was actually bigger than what was actually annexed into the City of Lathrop.

The Local Agency Formation Commission, according to the staff report, approved the annexation request for the boundary of the park, but per the request of the applicant it was only for 213 of the original 384 acres – the plot of land that was actually within Lathrop’s city limits.

Roughly half of that will be subdivided into the tentative parcel map if the planning commission gives its blessing.