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Atherton heading south
New project would add 352 homes
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Atherton Drive will soon extend south of Woodward Avenue.

At the same time Heartland Drive will be extended to the east and swing northward to connect with Woodward Avenue between Pillsbury Road and Atherton Drive. Tannehill Drive will be punched all the way through to Atherton Drive making it the first east-west street connecting South Main and Atherton Drive south of Woodward Avenue.

The street extensions are part of the 352-home DeJong Farms subdivision before the Manteca Planning Commission on Tuesday. The commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

And when the neighborhood is built, it will require less treated drinking water due to a city requirement the developer put in irrigation wells at the two required neighborhood parks. Park irrigation is the largest collective use of water in Manteca after residential lawns. The irrigation wells will tap into higher aquifers that have water that’s not suitable for drinking.

A community facilities district will be formed with the 352 homeowners on the hook for park maintenance  and upkeep — including the irrigation wells — as well as the care of common area landscaping such as along sound walls and ornamental street lights.

The 80 acres on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Atherton Drive abut Atherton Homes’ Woodward Park I and Woodward Park II neighborhoods planned for 356 homes on 194.9 acres along the east side of Pillsbury Road. Site work has already started on the Atherton Homes project with the goal for sales to start later this year. The Atherton Homes development will extend Atherton Drive farther south as well.

There is currently a grape vineyard where the DeJong project will be built. The project will consist of single family lots ranging in size from 6,000 to 13,690 square feet.

The DeJong neighborhood is immediately south of the site of Manteca’s next fire station on the northwest corner of Atherton Drive and Woodward Avenue. The developers will be required to modify the existing landscaped median on Woodward Avenue to accommodate a left turn pocket onto Heartland Drive. At the same time, a bus turnout will be put in place on the south side of Woodward between Heartland and Pillsbury.

Ultimately Atherton Road will extend southward into rural Ripon to serve the approved 1,050-acre Austin Roade Business Park that includes a major business park component. Future plans call for Atherton Drive to connect with an east-west street named Raymus Drive that will eventually swing north to connect with the McKinley Avenue interchange being planned for the 120 Bypass. It will also ultimately be six lanes east of Atherton Drive to connect with a proposed interchange midway between Austin Road and Jack Tone Road on Highway 99.


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