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West Manteca in sights of retail concerns
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Interest in developing commercial on Manteca’s west side is picking up.

Work crews are tearing down a home north of Daniels Street on the Airport Way corridor to make way for a second Prime Shine car wash location.  The firm has a car wash on Lathrop Road east of Union Road.

And farther up the way a developer is eager to buy a commercial parcel on the northeast corner of Airport Way and Louise Avenue that’s part of the proposed 117-lot Monte Bello neighborhood.

That’s why the Manteca City Council on Tuesday is being asked to record a final map for the project before the subdivision agreement is hammered out to allow the sale of the parcel. Such a request is allowed under state law.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Monte Bello Estates will replace the 30-acre almond orchard that is currently part of the Ott Family Trust behind homes in the triangle formed by Louise Avenue, Airport Way, and the railroad tracks.

The council last year approved the map for the 117 homes with the condition that none of the homes backing up to the existing 12 homes could have windows on the second floor looking in to the existing back yards.

The subdivision map was a departure from the general plan as it eliminated moderate density residential along Airport Way in favor of the five homes per acre found in most Manteca single family home neighborhoods. Part of that medium residential and a small portion designated as general commercial is being converted to potential neighborhood commercial uses such as are found at Louise Avenue and Cottage Avenue. All of the residential uses will be low density.