THE $35,000 QUES­TION

Is Part­ner­ship worth hav­ing help Man­teca hunt for jobs?

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By DENNIS WY­ATT

The San Joaquin Part­ner­ship in the first six months of this year pitched three prop­er­ties in Man­teca to six prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.

One was for a Cen­ter­point Busi­ness Park spec build­ing now mov­ing through the plan­ning process that’s dubbed “Project Lau­rie” and is en­vi­sioned to cover 1,199,997 square feet that put Man­teca in the hunt for 920 to 1,266 jobs at the 190 acre site at Roth Road

and Air­port Way.

An­other was for a pos­si­ble ten­ant for an ex­ist­ing build­ing on Dupont Court in the Spreck­els Busi­ness Park that would have 12 to 24 work­ers.

The other four ten­ants were di­rected to the 88,533-square-foot for­mer elec­tron­ics as­sem­bly build­ing at 400 In­dus­trial Park Drive to con­sider.

The six prospec­tive em­ploy­ers were among 85 firms on the Part­ner­ship’s “hot client list” in­volv­ing 85 con­cerns work­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion from Jan­uary to July to re-lo­cate, ex­pand or launch a start-up busi­ness. That means Man­teca only had avail­able space or spec pro­jects far enough along to meet the needs of 5 per­cent of all busi­nesses ac­tively shop­ping one of the hottest spots in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia for dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­ply firms — South San Joaquin County.

It is against that back­drop that the Man­teca City Coun­cil on Tues­day will re­visit whether to con­trib­ute $35,000 to the San Joaquin Part­ner­ship to help bring jobs to San Joaquin County. The coun­cil meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Cen­ter, 1001 W. Cen­ter St.

The pro­posal to send the

Part­ner­ship $35,000 was slammed in a June bud­get work­shop by Coun­cil­woman Debby Moor­head after she asked, “what have they (the Part­ner­ship) done for Man­teca?”

No one at the time could an­swer Moor­head’s ques­tion about spe­cific jobs the Part­ner­ship helped bring to Man­teca de­spite the city in­vest­ing more than $600,000 in the or­ga­ni­za­tion since the early 1990s.

That led to a di­a­logue with Part­ner­ship rep­re­sen­ta­tives in July where the or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s cred­ited with help­ing San Joaquin County land well over 10,000 new jobs since the 1990s.

To an­swer Moor­head’s ques­tion as to why the likes of Ama­zon, United Par­cel Ser­vice, and a mul­ti­tude of other firms seek­ing to lo­cate dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters and other busi­ness park style op­er­a­tions in San Joaquin County to serve the rich­est re­gional econ­omy in the county that sur­rounds the San Fran­cisco Bay are by­pass­ing Man­teca, the Part­ner­ship pro­duced bru­tally hon­est num­bers:

►Of 11 mil­lion square feet of ex­ist­ing in­dus­trial space in the county, only 212,000 square feet of 1.8 per­cent of the over­all to­tal is in Man­teca. Ready-to-con­vert build­ing shells are crit­i­cal for firms that

need to move or ex­pand within months and not years.

►Of the 16,176 acres coun­ty­wide of va­cant in­dus­trial land, only 844 acres— or 5.2 per­cent of that to­tal is in Man­teca. And more than half of that is part of the Austin Road Busi­ness Park that stalled, due in a large part, by the city’s in­ac­tion on a de­vel­op­ment agree­ment that caused the orig­i­nal part­ner­ship to dis­in­te­grate.

►Not only does Man­teca have lim­ited of­fice space, but there is no “Class A” space crit­i­cal to snag Bay Area con­cerns look­ing for high pro­file of­fices that could soon join the ex­o­dus of dis­tri­bu­tion to San Joaquin County.

Coun­cil mem­bers con­curred that a num­ber of Man­teca res­i­dents ben­e­fit from jobs the Part­ner­ship helps lo­cate in Lathrop, Tracy, and Stock­ton. But they still wanted to see jobs brought to Man­teca through the Part­ner­ship ef­fort.

The Part­ner­ship didn’t take claim for 317 plus jobs that are com­ing to Man­teca in the com­ing months:

►217 jobs 5.11 Tac­ti­cal is re­lo­cat­ing from Modesto and Lathrop to a 404,657-square­foot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter now un­der con­struc­tion on Air­port Way south of Roth Road. The firm ex­pects to even­tu­ally gen­er­ate ad­di­tional jobs in Man­teca.

►100 plus jobs for an Ama­zon Prime dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter open­ing within two months in a 91,134-square-foot fa­cil­ity on Louise Av­enue in the Pa­cific Busi­ness Park. Al­most all of those jobs will be new.

As for ad­di­tional large-scale spec build­ing space that is the hottest real es­tate com­mod­ity, Man­teca has three pro­jects mov­ing for­ward.

►One is the nearly 1.2 mil­lion square-foot Lau­rie Project build­ing.

► Scan­nell in Spreck­els Park is pur­su­ing a new 285,000 square foot spec build­ing.

►Pa­cific Busi­ness Cen­ter next to the Man­teca Uni­fied of­fice com­plex on Louise Av­enue is pur­su­ing a new 585,000 square foot spec build­ing.

In ad­di­tion two ex­ist­ing con­cerns are ex­pand­ing.

►BF Fun­sten is in the process of fin­ish­ing a 68,000-suare-foot ad­di­tion to their floor­ing dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter on South Main at In­dus­trial park Drive. They are a ma­jor Man­teca sales tax gen­er­a­tor and cur­rently em­ploy 198 full­time work­ers.

►S►nnyVal­ley Meats is now ex­pand­ing. They cur­rently have 260 full­time em­ploy­ees.

HIME ROMERO/ The Bul­letin

Con­struc­tion is un­der­way for the new home for 5.11 Tac­ti­cal in north­west Man­teca.

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