Over the past year, the Lodi-Galt area has seen a lot of new construction and renovations.
In February, chlorine was swapped out for 574 ultraviolet bulbs at the Galt wastewater plant. The bulbs were the new final cleaning process before Galt’s wastewater is discharged to Skunk Creek and eventually to the Delta.
The disinfection system was part of $16.6 million in improvements the city finished in February to meet state requirements.
In March, there was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mokelumne River water treatment plant. Local officials gathered near Lodi Lake to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $36.5 million water treatment plant. Construction is ongoing.
In April, The Lodi Grape Bowl underwent continued renovations with help from University of the Pacific students who designed Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades. Grape Bowl upgrades included installing restrooms, a concession stand and a ticket booth that are all compliant with the ADA. The phase also included installing ramps to help people get from the upper levels of the stadium to the lower levels on the south side of the stadium. The west side of the Grape Bowl was removed as part of the work and the dirt was hauled for use at the Mokelumne River treatment center site.
Brewster’s Bar & Grill, opened in May in Old Town Galt helping to revitalize Galt’s downtown area. The historic Brewster building used to be the city’s Post Office and a general store; the project cost $2.5 million in renovations.
In June, a 128-year old building in Lockeford, located on the corner of Highway 88 and Elliott Road, reopened as Lockeford Jewelry and Loan.
Also in June, the much-anticipated Costco opened in Reynolds Ranch. Lodi resident Tammy Delemos was quoted as saying, “We’re real excited. We want to support the community. ... This is like Black Friday in June.”
Lodi’s Costco warehouse is 148,000 square-feet. It has a 16-pump gas station as well as a tire shop.
West of town, the Lodi Energy Center rises, a massive project to produce new energy for Lodi and other members of the Northern California Power Agency. The power plant is being built by 160 skilled laborers and tradesmen. It will be the cleanest and most efficient natural gas plant in the state when it starts operation in June 2012.
Residents will most likely have to wait until at least spring of 2012 to use the three multi-sports playing fields of DeBenedetti Park, which are in the northwest section of the park at Lower Sacramento Road and Century Boulevard, according to parks superintendent Steve Dutra in October of this year.
The goal is to open the park in spring 2012. Volunteers will plant 200 trees donated through Tree Lodi for the park. The city will also install a sidewalk from the street to the field to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Once the trees are planted, the park will be opened to the public. The entrance drive gate from Lower Sacramento Road has been installed.
The Galt interchange project has a price tag of $43.5 million. Changes should alleviate congested traffic on the C Street bridge during morning and afternoon commutes, and on days the Galt Market is open.
The work includes widening C Street and extending A Street over Highway 99. The project should take about two years.
Galt Place also opened to senior tenants. Galt Place is 100,000 total square-feet, with two of the three stories being dedicated to more than 80 units for housing. It is believed to be Galt’s first building with an elevator. In the ground level, commercial space is available. The Velvet Grill is scheduled to go in next year.
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