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Union Crossing offers more retail
450,000 square feet across from Orchard Valley
Union Crossing will be built in three phases. - photo by RYAN BALBUENA
Manteca’s next major retail complex could break ground as early as this winter.

Union Crossing – 48.5 acres of retail and restaurants – is being pursued by developer Bill Filios on the southwest corner of the Highway 120 Bypass and Union Road interchange.

It consists of three phases with 399,700 square feet of retail and 55,300 square feet of restaurant space.

Altogether, the 450,000 square feet is the equivalent of almost four Manteca Target stores in terms of retail space.

Union Crossing is directly west of The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley that is anchored by Bass Pro Shops and JC Penney. Poag & McEwen has partnered with Craig Realty Group to convert the vacant in-line space as well as additional space to be built at Orchard Valley into the Lifestyle Outlets of Manteca.

Craig Realty Group has 11 upscale outlet centers with excess of 3.5 million square feet of retail. They will lease the next 225,000 square feet at Orchard Valley.

Negotiations are currently underway on the outlet mall tenants with several reportedly ready to commit. They are trying to line up the opening of the outlet mall to time with the economic recovery.

By converting the bulk of Orchard Valley to an outlet mall, it opens opportunities for Union Crossing to snare other retail that wants to be located near a large draw such as Bass Pro Shops and JC Penney.

Craig, who also had a hand in the designing and marketing of the outlet malls in Napa and St. Helena, noted the drawing power of Bass Pro Shops with customers traveling from a 100-mile radius, is a perfect fit to upscale malls that have the same drawing range. Making Manteca even more appealing for Craig is the fact it is the center of the third largest 100-mile radius market in the country. Manteca has 17 million consumers within 100 miles topped only by New York and Los Angeles.

Craig, though, said the growing economic muscle and demographics of the Northern San Joaquin Valley with its 1.2 million consumers was reason enough to partner with Poag & McEwen on the Manteca retail project.

Union Crossing is being envisioned as a three-phase project with completion in 2014.

The first phase will be on the north side of the extension of Atherton Drive and will consist of 225,800 square feet of retail broken into spaces ranging from 3,500 to 31,400 square feet. There will be 987 parking stalls.

The second phase will be immediately south of the Atherton Drive extension. It will consist of 178,000 square feet with lease space from 5,000 up to 65,000 square feet to accommodate a supermarket. There are 777 parking spaces in the second phase.

The final phase has 46,200 square feet of retail with space between 5,000 and 19,700 square feet. There are 312 parking spaces.

Before a building permit is issued, Union Crossing would have to pay its fair share of widening Airport Way from two lanes to six lanes from Yosemite Avenue to Woodward Avenue. They would also pay for part of the widening of Union Road from Daniels to the Highway 120 Bypass as well as Union Road from the freeway to Woodward Avenue to four lanes. The developer would also be required to pay toward the widening of Union Road from Woodard Avenue to Peach Avenue.

The developer also will eventually have to pay for traffic signals at Daniels Drive and Union Road after the Union Road interchange is widened.

The environmental impact report for the project is now being circulated. The land has to be annexed to Manteca. It is within the sphere of influence which means it has already been identified as a logical annexation to the city.