Next step for Man­teca if deal doesn’t hap­pen by year’s end

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

If Man­teca doesn’t close a deal with one of the two wa­ter­park re­sort op­er­a­tors that have been ne­go­ti­at­ing to lo­cate on mu­nic­i­pal land west of Costco by year’s end, City Man­ager Tim Og­den said the city will launch a national search.

Man­teca has not re­newed an ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­at­ing agree­ment to de­velop 62 acres fronting the 120 By­pass with Colorado-based McWhin­ney Devel­op­ment Co.

“We have an at­trac­tive site,” Og­den said.

Not only is it a high pro­file site along a free­way that

con­nects In­ter­state 5 and High­way 99 and is on the main route Bay Area con­sumers travel to Yosemite and the Sierra, but it is at the cen­ter of a 100-mile market that is home to 18 mil­lion peo­ple. It is the rea­son why Bass Pro Shops opted to lo­cate in Man­teca.

Equally im­por­tant, Og­den noted, is the fact Man­teca has a shovel ready site that has all of the en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance in place for a 500-room re­sort ho­tel with a 75,000- square- foot in­door wa­ter­park, a 15,000-square-foot out­door wa­ter­park, 37,500 square feet of restau­rant space, and a 30,000-square-foot con­fer­ence cen­ter.

“We can have a build­ing per­mit is­sued within six months of a deal be­ing signed,” Og­den noted.

To build a 500-room ho­tel re­sort, Man­teca does not need the McKin­ley Av­enue and 120 By­pass in­ter­change in place. The in­ter­change is needed for any ex­pan­sion or larger ho­tel that the two re­sort op­er­a­tors that McWhin­ney had been ne­go­ti­at­ing with — Great Wolf and Kala­hari Re­sorts — in­di­cated they were in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing.

Great Wolf did have di­rect ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­at­ing agree­ments in place at one time with Brent­wood and Gil­roy but they have since lapsed.

Great Wolf started ne­go­ti­at­ing in tan­dem with Man­teca for a pos­si­ble wa­ter park in late 2010. Just as the en­vi­ron­men­tal study work was be­ing wrapped up in the fall of 2016, Great Wolf in­di­cated they wanted to ex­plore other pos­si­ble Bay Area lo­ca­tions.

That is when McWhin­ney went look­ing for an­other pos­si­ble part­ner and came up with Kala­hari Re­sorts.

Og­den de­clined to of­fer any de­tails of cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tions ex­cept to in­di­cate Great Wolf has been in con­tact with Man­teca after the ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­at­ing agree­ment with McWhin­ney ex­pired.

A look at the Wis­con­sin Dells gives a glimpse at some of the ma­jor play­ers in the grow­ing in­door wa­ter­park re­sort in­dus­try.

Great Wolf — the world’s largest chain of in­door wa­ter­parks — has a ho­tel, restau­rants, ar­cades, spa, in­door wa­ter­park, yoga classes, and con­fer­ence cen­ters in the Wis­con­sin Dells.

Great Wolf in 2015 opened Cal­i­for­nia’s first in­door wa­ter­park re­sort near Dis­ney­land. That came after opening the first West Coast in­door wa­ter­park re­port on the West Coast in Ground Mound, Washington.

Other play­ers in the Wis­con­sin Dells are:

▶Mt. Olym­pus Wa­ter and Theme Park — The year-round in­door wa­ter and theme park lo­cated on 107 acres has 37 wa­ter­slides, seven roller coast­ers, and nine go-kart tracks, bat­ting cages, the 100-foot Apollo’s Swing. rock climb­ing walls, and other amuse­ment rides, five ho­tels, camp­grounds, and a con­fer­ence cen­ter.

▶Chula Vista Re­sort — The 620-rroom main re­sort has 110,000 square feet of in­door wa­ter­parks. 150,000 square feet of out­door wa­ter­parks, vol­ley­ball courts, an 18-hole golf course, golf villa con­dos, out­door wave pool, and 26,000-square­foot con­ven­tion cen­ter. It also has a sports dome that hosts con­certs, in­door foot­ball, and trade shows.

▶Kala­hari Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter — It boasts the United States’ largest in­door wa­ter­park at 173,000 square feet with 756 guest rooms, four main restau­rants, fit­ness cen­ter, spa, in­door Flow Rider surfing sim­u­la­tor, movie theatre, live en­ter­tain­ment venue, golf, six-story Fer­ris wheel, sports bar, bowl­ing al­ley, rock climb­ing walls, carousel, laser tag, a two-story go-kart track, minia­ture golf, bowl­ing al­ley, a 3-D theatre ride, ar­cades, and a swinging pen­du­lum ride.

▶Noah’s Ark — It is de­scribed by the wa­ter­park in­dus­try as the largest wa­ter­park in the United States with wa­ter slides on 70 acres and is the only sea­sonal op­er­a­tor and is open from May to Septem­ber.

Great Wolf’s re­sort lo­cated in Gar­den Grove.

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