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More business park space in works for Spreckels Park
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A 21,450-square-foot building is being proposed for one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in Spreckels Park.

The building will go to the immediate southeast of the Social Security building on Commerce Court. It will also add eight additional parking spaces for Social Security clients as well as 18 parking stalls for the proposed structure.

Sacramento-based Sisler & Sisler Corporation is seeking permission to proceed with the project when the Manteca Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Two years ago the city approved plans for a 285,215-square-foot building for industrial uses on DuPont Court just south of the Dryers Ice Cream refrigerated warehouse facility.

When those two structures are built, it will leave only two parcels left for development. One is directly behind Home Depot on Commerce Court where a decade ago the city approved plans for two long and relatively narrow business park buildings designed as condos. It is to the north of the Social Security office.

The other parcel between J&M Equipment and American Modular along Spreckels Avenue that backs up to the cluster of medical offices and the Powers Tract neighborhood is still owned by the partnership that developed the 360-acre multi-use business park from the rubble of the Spreckels Sugar refinery.

Atherton-Filios have indicated they are looking at possibly converting the fenced off historical plaza behind the Chevron station that had become magnet for the homeless. They have looked at a variety of potential uses including possibly as a small restaurant or bar.

It’s been 21 years since the Spreckels Sugar plant was shuttered as a victim of tightening air quality rules in the San Joaquin Valley, cheap federal subsidized sugar, and soda firms and other companies switching to fructose and other non-traditional sugar sources.

When the first ground broke on the Spreckels Park development in 1999, partner Mike Atherton predicted it would take 20 years to completely build out the project. Within seven years, 95 percent of the former sugar plant and adjoining orchards and cattle feed lot had been redeveloped. 


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