Zoning request calls for largest distribution centers in SJ County

BY DENNIS WYATT

Manteca’s biggest business park yet — the proposed development on the southwest corner of Airport Way and Louise Avenue — could end with two of the largest distribution centers in San Joaquin County.

Scannell Development wants to build a 1,360,000 square-foot plus a 1,265,000 square-foot distribution style building among 4.9 million square feet proposed for the 229 acres that is approved for the building of 1,014 housing units.

It is one of several significant land use changes submitted to the citizens’ advisory committee working with a consultant to fashion a state-mandated general plan update to serve as a blueprint for Manteca growth through 2030.

The advisory committee meets Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd. Ultimately the Manteca Planning Commission will take the work of the citizens advisory committee to consider for possible recommendation for City Council adoption.

Other significant zoning change requests include:
• Richland Communities wants the 180 acres that contains the 30,000-square-foot Hat Mansion off Pillsbury Road in southeast Manteca zoned for low density residential to allow the building of 703 homes and the dedication of an elementary school site for Ripon Unified School District.
• Delicato Vineyards — one of the nation’s largest wineries that has started a major expansion and currently employs more than 400 people — wants a non-residential buffer such as an industrial zoning to separate the winery from envisioned future residential development.
• A group of North Manteca property owners north of Del Webb at Woodbridge and Union Rand is seeking more zoning for age-restricted housing as well as low density housing and a policy statement in the general plan advocating the relocation of the solid waste transfer station on Lovelace Road.

The two largest buildings in the Scannell project would eclipse the larger of the two Tracy Amazon distribution centers that’s 1.2 million square feet and be bigger than the 1.1 million square-foot Wayfair distribution center now under construction in Lathrop south of the 120 Bypass along the San Joaquin River.

It could include 11 buildings with 4.9 million square feet, making it larger than all of the existing structures in the Spreckels Park Business Park, Pacific Business Park on Louise Avenue across from the Manteca Unified School District office complex, and CenterPoint where 5.11 Tactical and Penske Logistics (Lowe’s Home Improvement distribution center).

The first phase of buildings could start construction as early as October 2019 with their completion in July 2020. It would include three buildings screened from Airport Way with landscaping between Louise Avenue and Crom Street consisting of 220,000, 192,000, and 180,000 square feet. The two mega-distribution centers are part of a second phase. The third phase south of Crom Street would consist of six buildings — 130,000, 120,000, 477,000, 448,000, 300,000, and 250,000 square feet.

Richland in 2017 had a plan to build 1,030 housing units on the Hat Mansion land rejected because neighbors were less than thrilled with the density that allowed for smaller and more affordable at-market housing options.

The mansion, which was never finished, would be demolished. The land is not currently within the city limits.

Roughly 380 acres are involved with the North Manteca zoning request, It envisions taking age-restricted housing to Lovelace Road, allowing commercial mixed use along Airport Way between Lovelace Road and a future extension of Roth Road and high density residential behind that which would border low density residential that would extend to Union Road.

Low density residential would be south of a future extension of Lovelace Road between Union Road and Frontage Road.

There would be some low-density housing north of the Lovelace Road extension between Airport Way and Union Road with urban reserve north of that to French Camp Road.