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Travel plaza proposed for Roth Road & I-5 site
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Plans for a major travel plaza on the outskirts of Lathrop on the southwest corner of the Interstate 5 and Roth Road interchange are being considered Thursday by the San Joaquin County Planning Commission.

The Howard Seligman is the applicant for the KCS Travel Plaza being proposed for development in three phases.

The first phase includes a nine-lane truck stop with a 4,741-square-foot truck service building, an eight-lane automobile fueling station, and a 10,068-square-foot convenience store and coffee shop.

The second phase is a 4,500-square-foot sit-down restaurant with permits being issued within five years. The final phase is an 80-room hotel with permits being issued within eight years.

The initial phase would face an extension of Roth Road as well as part of Manthey Road that parallels Interstate 5.

The developers of the travel plaza will pay $1.48 million in mitigation fees primarily to upgrade the interchange at a future date.

The owners of the 11.4-acre parcel have requested annexation to the City of Lathrop but the city hasn’t provided a timeline for the annexation request to be processed. Lathrop also has denied requests to annex to city services.

At the same time, though, Lathrop has sent the San Joaquin County Planning Commission a list of concerns including their worry that the county approval of the project within the City of Lathrop sphere of influence ultimately will make it more difficult to annex such land to the city.

The sphere of influence refers to land already identified by the county as a logical area to be annexed to a city such as Lathrop.

The San Joaquin County Planning Commission meets Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Health/Planning Auditorium at the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health Services, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., in Stockton.