Construction of Woodbridge complex starting in 2020 at Union, Lathrop roads
BY DENNIS WYATT
Get ready for 2020 being the Year of the Apartments in Manteca.
There will be 364 apartment units under construction in 2020 — the most ever for one year in Manteca.
Developers have secured financing to build the long-approved 128-unit Woodbridge Apartment complex planned immediately east of the Woodbridge Center East anchored by CVS Pharmacy on the northeast corner of Union and Lathrop roads. The complex is also north and east of the water tank along Lathrop Road.
Plans for the $39.1 million project are now being processed by the City of Manteca. Developers want to break ground in early 2020.
Site work has started on the first phase pf the 428-unit Valencia Place Apartments complex being built on Atherton Drive to the east of Bass Pro Shops and Orchard Valley.
When you combine the 236 apartments in the first phase of the Valencia’s complex with the 128 units at Woodbridge, it will mean 364 apartments will be under construction at the same time in Manteca during 2020. That is the largest number of apartment units ever to be built in a single year in Manteca eclipsing the 300 Paseo Villa units built in 2006. Valencia has funding secured for all 428 units. It is being built in two phases to make it manageable. The Valencia units are expected to be ready to lease in late 2021.
The Woodbridge complex will consist of seven buildings ranging from two to three stories.
It will include a first for Manteca — a keypad pedestrian gate on the northwest part of the project that will allow residents to walk to and from the adjoining Woodbridge Center East retail development.
The retail complex on the northwest corner of Lathrop Road and Union Road already has a CVS Pharmacy, a McDonald’s and a car wash. It is also expected to eventually have a restaurant as well as three additional on-line retail storefront buildings as part of the center.
The 128-unit garden apartment complex includes a 3,800-square-foot community center with a swimming pool and spa. There also would be a mail kiosk, enclosed garages, carports and extensive landscaping and landscaping improvements.
The northeast corner of Lathrop Road and Union Road was master planned for what is called “smart growth” that means basic retail services such as grocery shopping, drug stores and food services are within walking distance of the apartment complex. The complex is also situated to serve as a buffer between the single-family homes of Union Ranch to the north and the retail complex.
The 20-acre Valencia Place project is within walking distance of four high profile categories of amenities — restaurants, a 16-screen cinema, a fitness center, and an elementary school.
Valencia Place is being developed in two phases with the first 236 units built on the southern edge of the 20 acres along Atherton Drive and the second phase of 192 units bordering the 120 Bypass. Each phase — while designed as one large complex — will have its own community center, swimming pool, tot lots, family areas and park/drainage basin with fenced-in dog parks.