A new Social Security office held its ribbon-cutting on Monday afternoon on Kettleman Lane.
The new office is located in Bella Terra Plaza at Kettleman Lane and Fairmont Avenue. There are 50,000 claimants who receive benefits through the office, and it serves a variety of areas, including Lodi, Galt, Isleton and Woodbridge, district manager Chy Vang said.
Local residents will be able to go to the office if they need a replacement check, are filing for benefits for the first time or applying to collect disability, Vang said.
Ten years ago, the office was located in the exact same place, Bella Terra Plaza managing director Shawn Nejad said. The federal agency moved about two blocks down the road for a decade, and have now moved back and signed a 15-year lease, Nejad said.
Not much has changed from the old office, with the exception of more parking, Vang said.
"It's centrally located and people can see us off the street. ... The clientele doesn't have to worry about where to park. Before, they had to drive around," Vang said.
Nejad organized the commemoration, and said he is glad to see the new office open after working on the project for two years.
"They are a good tenant that will stay for 15 years and generate traffic for the other businesses in the center," Nejad said.
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