S.J. Supes to mull re­zon­ing site for home­less vets

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Bowers NEWS-SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

STOCK­TON — Plans to build nearly 50 units for home­less vet­er­ans in French Camp could take an­other small step for­ward Tues­day.

The San Joaquin County Board of Su­per­vi­sors will con­sider re­zon­ing 4.75 acres of a 16-acre site at Man­they and Mathews roads in or­der to build a long-awaited vet­er­ans sup­port­ive hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Vic­tory Gar­dens, which will pro­vide 49 hous­ing units for 130 home­less vet­er­ans, both sin­gle and those with fam­i­lies, will be lo­cated on a cur­rently va­cant piece of land just west of the Health Plan of San Joaquin.

In Fe­bru­ary, su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously ap­proved a two-year lease agree­ment on the site with the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity of the County of San Joaquin.

It was de­ter­mined the site was a suit­able lo­ca­tion for the project based on its close prox­im­ity to trans­porta­tion, as well as ex­ist­ing vet­er­ans, med­i­cal and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Along with be­ing lo­cated near Health Plan of San Joaquin, Vic­tory Gar­dens will also be near San Joaquin Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and its dial­y­sis cen­ter, as well as the Vet­eran’s Stock­ton Clinic.

While the site has been deemed ap­pro­pri­ate, county staff said it is still zoned Pub­lic Fa­cil­i­ties, which does not per­mit hous­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the project anal­y­sis in­cluded with Tues­day’s staff re­port, a 4,000 square-foot com­mu­nity cen­ter is also pro­posed on the site, as well as an 800-square-foot main­te­nance build­ing.

Two full-time staff mem­bers and two part­time em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to be work­ing at the de­vel­op­ment once com­plete, the anal­y­sis re­ports.

Su­per­vi­sors will dis­cuss the re­zon­ing dur­ing the af­ter­noon ses­sion of its meet­ing, which be­gins at 1:30 p.m. in Board Cham­bers, 22 N. San Joaquin St., sixth floor, in Stock­ton.

WOW pre­sen­ta­tion

Su­per­vi­sors will also re­ceive a pre­sen­ta­tion on the World of Won­ders Science Mu­seum Ex­pan­sion Project, which in­volves re­plac­ing seven build­ings in the 100 block of North Sacra­mento Street in Down­town Lodi to ac­com­mo­date the pro­posed WOW Plaza.

The project would close off that block of Sacra­mento Street to traf­fic and turn it into a walk­ing space for the science plaza.

The plaza would in­clude a court­yard that fea­tures a plan­e­tar­ium and out­door am­phithe­ater with a 60foot me­dia dome to dis­play ed­u­ca­tional films, 3D videos and more.

A cus­tom-built carousel with hand-carved painted an­i­mals would also be in­cluded in the plaza.

The WOW Mu­seum’s board of di­rec­tors is cur­rently search­ing for in­vestors to gen­er­ate funds for the $24 mil­lion project.

Also sched­uled

Wood­bridge res­i­dent Mary Avanti is urg­ing neigh­bors to at­tend the meet­ing and voice concerns dur­ing pub­lic com­ment about the San Joaquin County Sher­iff ’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend the Com­mu­nity Car Pro­gram in Au­gust.

Sher­iff Pat Withrow made the de­ci­sion to put eight more deputies back on rou­tine pa­trols as his of­fice faces a staffing short­age.

The Com­mu­nity Car Pro­gram as­signs units to densely pop­u­lated ar­eas of the county, such as Wood­bridge, Lock­e­ford, Clements, Mo­rada and Thorn­ton as a form of pub­lic out­reach and to en­sure safety.

The pub­lic com­ment por­tion of Tues­day’s meet­ing will be in the morn­ing. The meet­ing be­gins at 9 a.m.

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