Po­ten­tial firm for new biz park may bring 500 new jobs

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By JA­SON CAMP­BELL

Al­most 5- mil­lion- square- feet of ware­houses and light-in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment is com­ing to Lathrop.

And the first of three build­ings in ex­cess of 1-mil­lion­square-feet that will an­chor the South Lathrop Com­merce Cen­ter could be up and oc­cu­pied as early as next sum­mer.

On Mon­day the Lathrop City Coun­cil ap­proved a num­ber of pro­pos­als that will al­low the de­vel­oper of the prop­erty – Dal­las-based Crow Hold­ings In­dus­trial – to move for­ward with the next phases of de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Jeff Hill of Crow Hold­ings, the firm al­ready has a po­ten­tial ten­ant for one of the three large build­ings – a ten­ant that could bring as many as 500 new jobs to the com­mu­nity as well as a pointof-sale el­e­ment that would add ad­di­tional sales tax rev­enue to the city’s grow­ing base.

In ad­di­tion to the par­cel map, the coun­cil ac­tion on Mon­day in­cluded a sub­di­vi­sion im­prove­ment agree­ment, a re­vised storm drain de­sign, re­vised mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures for trans­porta­tion, a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Recla­ma­tion Dis­trict 17 for joint-use of the land ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing levee.

But work on the mas­sive prop­erty – which will oc­cupy the space be­tween the San Joaquin River, I-5, the Highway 120 By­pass and the ex­ist­ing rail­road tracks – has been un­der­way for some time with $13 mil­lion of im­prove­ments to both the site and the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture that will serve it com­pleted, and an­other $14 mil­lion in im­prove­ments planned for the com­ing months.

In all, the project – which was ini­tially pro­posed by Rich­land De­vel­op­ments and ac­quired by Crow Hold­ings – will cost the de­vel­oper some­where around $500 mil­lion to build to com­ple­tion, and will in­clude a num­ber of in­fra­struc­ture up­grades that are im­prove­ments over the ten­ta­tive agree­ments that were al­ready in place when the cur­rent de­vel­oper ac­quired the prop­erty.

Al­ready- com­pleted up­grades in­clude an ex­ten­sion of ex­ist­ing wa­ter­lines, the join­ing of a pair of wa­ter­lines to al­low for en­hanced pres­sure and to aid in the in­stal­la­tion of sprin­klers at a later date, an ex­ten­sion of an ex­ist­ing gas line and the pre­lim­i­nary steps to a state-of-the-art storm drainage sys­tem that will pump wa­ter through a fil­tra­tion sys­tem and out into the San Joaquin River.

That storm drain sys­tem and the nec­es­sary per­mits to al­low river dis­charge, ac­cord­ing to Hill, took al­most a decade and mil­lions of dol­lars to ac­quire, and will be built to al­low for other neigh­bor­ing projects to pump their storm wa­ter out to the Delta as well.

Once com­pleted, the storm drain sys­tem will be ca­pa­ble of han­dling all of the wa­ter that a 100-year storm would dump in a 24-hour pe­riod ac­cord­ing to rat­ing, but be­cause of the size of the mas­sive pipes that are be­ing in­stalled, ac­tu­ally be able to con­tain much more wa­ter – some­thing that Lathrop City En­gi­neer Glen Geb­hardt said that the city re­quires of all large projects that in­clude self-con­tained dis­charge sys­tems.

Ac­cord­ing to Hill, it was the city’s in­volve­ment and their dili­gence that al­lowed a project of this mag­ni­tude to be fast-tracked – not­ing that he wishes that ev­ery com­mu­nity that he has worked with was as thor­ough and ef­fi­cient as Lathrop was – and that his firm, which flew out all of their top ex­ec­u­tives to meet with city of­fi­cials, is happy to be part­ners with a com­mu­nity that val­ues re­la­tion­ships and business.

To con­tact re­porter Ja­son Camp­bell email jcamp­bell@man­te­cab­ul­letin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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