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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:00 pm

Sometime after the nation recovers from the recession, you may find up to 17 acres of restaurants, gas stations, motels and stores southwest of Lockeford.

Nickolas and Dolores Spanos of Lodi received the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors' blessing on Tuesday afternoon to rezone the land at the northeast corner of Victor Road and Highway 88 from general agriculture to freeway service commercial.

The Spanoses don't have a specific project outlined yet, according to a staff report from the county's Community Development Department. The property owners will have to apply with the county for specific projects on that parcel, Supervisor Ken Vogel said.

"We would expect in the next year or two some kind of development in there," land-use attorney Mike Hakeem, representing the Spanoses, said after Tuesday's meeting.

Development at the Victor Road-Highway 88 intersection doesn't have to wait until houses are built, Hakeem said, because it's a regional area with a lot of daily traffic.

"I'm positive that the economic situation will turn around," Vogel said. "It's rough. But you keep planning for future."

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

In other action

  • The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors postponed a decision to rehire five deputy district attorneys who had been laid off because of the uncertainty of the state budget.

    The board was to consider using Proposition 64 funds based on consumer fraud, environmental and code enforcement.

    "We just want to look at the overall picture," Supervisor Ken Vogel said. "We don't want to hire some people and fire them again."

  • Supervisors awarded a $1.2 million contract to Lodi-based A.M. Stephens Construction Co. to improve Lower Sacramento Road between the Woodbridge Irrigation District canal and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

    Stephens will widen Lower Sacramento Road, add a center turn lane, install sidewalks, storm drains, street lighting and architectural landscaping. Four cedar trees will be removed. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and be completed within 70 working days.

  • The board adopted an ordinance increasing the speed limit on a portion of Woodbridge Road from 25 mph to 35 mph. The speed limit increase will be from the traffic circle at Mokelumne and Chestnut streets to Lucas Road.
    - Source: San Joaquin County

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  • posted at 1:07 pm on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    If your going to build, why not a little closer to Lockeford, it could use all the business it could get. I remember 12 and 88 before the signal, a real danger, especially in fog season. At the present time there is no infastructure. With all the business` you state will be built there, a sewage treatment plant will have to be built,along with a water to service the area, many millions of dollars will be spent, someone has deep pockets.

  • posted at 11:31 am on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    Your overlooking the fact that stopping for gas and a burger doesnt create traffic it only serves the traffic. That area is signalized now so now big deal.

  • posted at 10:15 am on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    jdizzle, you forgot to mention that Hwy. 88 is also 2 lane, all that traffic coming from many different directions.You say it`s no big deal at Hwy. 12. Allot of people don`t like a WalMart being built at Lower Sac. and Hwy. 12., traffic being one of the sticking points. At that location there are 4 lanes, along with two left turns so traffic shouldn`t that shouldn`t be a factor---- right ??

  • posted at 9:50 am on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    Highwat 12 is a two lane road also. I stopped by at carls jr at flag city yesterday and no big deal

  • posted at 8:06 am on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    All that traffic on a two lane road. Sounds like some kind of a bottle neck to me.

  • posted at 7:30 am on Wed, Jul 15, 2009.


    much needed for the area



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