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Project would add 560 more homes to city
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Joe and Lillian Machado are moving forward with plans to annex and build 560 homes on 156.8 acres they own on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Airport Way.

The project had been proposed before the start of the mortgage meltdown that flooded the housing market with foreclosed homes.

It typically takes up to 18 months for a project once it gets its final approval for the first home to be built. In this case, the land needs to be annexed first to the city which requires it to go through the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission for approval. That shouldn’t be a major problem since the 156.8 acres are within the sphere of influence that has been identified as logical places for the city to grow into.

The environmental impact report, annexation and tentative subdivision map for Machado Estates will be considered by the Manteca Planning Commission during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The plans call for a combined 11.38-acre storm retention basin and park site plus a 3.87-acre linear park.

The parks will not be maintained by city taxpayers as the new requirements in place now mandate neighborhood park maintenance to be collapsed into the landscaping maintenance district created for sound walls and the accompanying landscaping.

Machado Estates will actually consist of two neighborhoods separated by a future extension of McKinley Avenue that will curve to the southeast from its current alignment north of Woodward Avenue.

The neighborhood to the north of the future McKinley Avenue extension is designed in a circular pattern around a park/retention basin which is the focal point of the neighborhood. All entry roads include large landscaped parkways with views leading to the park.

Round-a-bouts will be built where road converge on the park site to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety.

The neighborhood to the south of the McKinley Avenue extension is proposed with a grid-like pattern with some cul-de-sacs. It will feature larger lots. A linear park is proposed along the southern boundary of the neighborhood as a greenbelt along a dry cross levee. It will have a meandering walking trail.

There also will be a widening of Airport Way and Woodard Avenue with the continuation of landscaping and sound wall standards.\