Home Con­struc­tion Con­tin­ues In Oak­dale

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

Growth has not yet sub­sided, as the City of Oak­dale con­tin­ues to see a pos­i­tive trend in the way of new con­struc­tion. Ac­cord­ing to City of Oak­dale Se­nior Build­ing and Fire In­spec­tor Brian Odom, the west side Bri­dle Ridge De­vel­op­ment is just a hand­ful of homes from being at build-out com­ple­tion. It’s a project which will to­tal out at over 1,000 homes in to­tal.

The com­mer­cial space how­ever, just lo­cated at the west end of the Vine­yard at Crane and West F Street, still has to be de­ter­mined.

“There’s been noth­ing on that,” Odom said, not­ing the hope and ideal of the land host­ing a su­per­mar­ket as its an­chor store. “There’s been noth­ing come for­ward. No­body’s come for­ward. We’re just wait­ing for the right per­son to come along.”

Res­i­dents of the west end, along with of­fi­cials, have been hop­ing for a ma­jor gro­cery store to enter the area, pos­si­bly as an an­chor with smaller stores around it. How­ever, that has not hap­pened.

Odom also ac­knowl­edged in­ter­est was once made on de­tails, by a party in­ter­ested in con­struct­ing a 24,000 square foot build­ing. The in­quiry was made through a con­fi­den­tial source, he said, so de­tails be­yond that are mere spec­u­la­tion.

“It was any­body’s guess who that could have been,” Odom said, “but it was not pur­sued fur­ther.”

In ad­di­tion to the Bri­dle Ridge com­ple­tion, ground has been bro­ken and con­struc­tion started on a gated com­mu­nity on River Av­enue. The river ac­cess sub­di­vi­sion will host a to­tal of 21 homes built on 6,000 acre lots.

The east side, 55 and older Te­soro gated com­mu­nity is also wrap­ping up with plans of start­ing Te­soro II. The sec­ond phase looks to be 50 to 60 8,000-foot sin­gle fam­ily home lots.

“There’s a big push right now to get D Street con­nected through,” Odom said of gain­ing ac­cess to Stearns Road on the east side in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing high­way ac­cess.

Other east side ac­tiv­ity in­cludes a pro­posed an­nex south­east of town at Stearns Road.

“Right now they’re work­ing on some an­nex­a­tion to the east of us, a de­vel­op­ment called Sierra Point,” Odom stated.

He said the city, as well as in­ter­ested de­vel­op­ers are work­ing with land own­ers to an­nex some more land into the city lim­its.

“This would be to the tune of about 500 homes,” he said. “It’s a big deal with the by­pass com­ing; there are all types of pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

Over the past 13 months a to­tal of 135 per­mits have been pulled for new de­vel­op­ment, now leav­ing most pre­vi­ously vacant lots ei­ther built on or with plans to do so.

Ac­cord­ing to Odom, once the city slows down with new home sales, re­mod­els typ­i­cally be­gin for the home­own­ers who stay put. He an­tic­i­pates the build­ing trend will con­tinue for an­other two to three years.

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