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Mega distribution center proposal
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Manteca’s biggest distribution-style concrete tilt-up building is being pursued on the southwest corner of Airport Way and Roth Road as part of the CenterPoint business park.

Dubbed “The Laurie Project” by CenterPoint that is building it either as a spec building or for a client that they have yet to disclosed, the 1,199,997-square-foot building is being proposed in two phases on a 63.29-acre parcel. The first phase will consist of 551,475 square feet.

The first phase by itself will eclipse by less than 2,000 square feet Manteca’s current largest distribution center — the Ford Small Parts Distribution Center on Spreckels Avenue. At build-out it will rival the size of the Amazon Fulfillment Center on Chrisman Road in Tracy.

It will have direct access to the Union Pacific intermodal operation that loads and unloads truck trailers.

The building is proposed just north of the 404,657-square-foot concrete tilt-up industrial warehouse that was approved to be built two weeks ago for 5.11 Tactical.  The plan for Tactical 5.11 also calls for a possible 134,500 square foot addition at a later date.

Tactical 5.11 makes uniforms, tactical clothing tactical gear, knives and other equipment favored by the military  as well as police SWAT teams  plus other public safety personnel and a growing number of civilian shooters and private military contractors has operations split between Modesto and Lathrop The 217 existing employees will be consolidated into one location. The Manteca facility is a third larger than the space the Lathrop and Modesto locations currently have. The new complex is being targeted for occupancy in the fall of 2017.

The firm has $300 million in sales in 2015. It currently sells products in 15 different countries.

The Tactical 5.11 complex is immediately north of where Crothall Healthcare opened in 2014. Crothall’s 60,150-square-foot industrial building houses a laundry and linen service.

Plans for the Laurie Project will make the distribution center site the heaviest landscaped in Manteca. At build out there will be 404 trees in addition to many more shrubs. Some 10.5 percent of the 63 acres will be formally landscaped with 17.7 percent of the site as open space.

The developer will also improve Airport Way allowing right-of-way for widening the thoroughfare. There will be a 5-foot wide meandering sidewalk along with an 18-foot raised median with trees. Improvements will also be made along Roth Road.

CenterPoint, which is owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System, represents a potential overall investment of $175 million in buildings and improvements before tenants move in. Projections anticipate 600 permanent jobs will eventually be created when it is built out.

Some 3.1 million square feet of logistics/distribution space will be built. 

Users at CenterPoint are expected to have large logistics and distributor needs that require tearing down products and either repackaging or reassembling and then prepare them for distribution. The project will have direct access to the Union Pacific rail to truck yard to significantly reduce the potential impact for truck traffic.

Expansion has been approved for the UP intermodal facility in Lathrop. It is expected to double the current workforce of 67 railroad workers to 137. 

And when it is done, the regional capacity for intermodal movements will soar to 1.3 million units a year between the UP complex and the Santa Fe intermodal facility north off Manteca between Austin Road and Jack Tone Road. That is the equivalent of 3,561 truck movements a day.

The UP facility on Roth Road that abuts the city limits of both Manteca and Lathrop. The railroad facility can currently handle up to 270,000 lifts or containers a year. At build-out that number will reach 730,000 lifts.

Two major distribution centers have opened in the past 10 months in Tracy — Amazon and the FedEx hub. They join a long list of distribution centers in Tracy, Manteca, and Lathrop that includes Ford, Dryers Ice Cream, Lineage, JC Penney, Home Depot, Restoration Hardware, WestPac, Safeway, Orchard Supply Hardware and others.

The three cities are on the radar of firms due to the area’s strategic location equal distance from San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento with access to three major freeways, the UP intermodal yard, Santa Fe Railroad’s intermodal yard north of Manteca, Stockton Metro Airport and the Port of Stockton. There are more than 18 million consumers within 100 miles of Manteca.


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