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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:00 pm

The Lodi Moose Lodge has its eyes set on a new home on a property adjoining vineyards on Woodbridge Road, just west of Highway 99.

The complex, consisting of a 15,000-square-foot building and an outdoor bocce ball court, would be open to Moose Lodge members and their guests only. It would contain a commercial kitchen and private bar. If the project is approved, the building can be available for private events, but for members only, according to a San Joaquin County staff report.

The San Joaquin County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the project tonight in Stockton.

Moose Lodge members were not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

If the Planning Commission approves the relocation from Harney Lane and Highway 99, the Moose Lodge will no longer have to wonder where its home will be. The issue arose in September 2006, when San Joaquin Valley Land Co. obtained Lodi City Council approval to build the Reynolds Ranch complex.


The Lodi Moose Lodge, needed to relocate from its south Lodi location due to the Blue Shield project, hopes to move to Woodbridge Road, west of Highway 99. (Marc Lutz/News-Sentinel)

San Joaquin Valley Land began looking for a new home for the Moose Lodge when Blue Shield, the primary tenant in the Reynolds Ranch project, requested that the developer construct buildings for commercial use within walking distance of Blue Shield, according to Stockton attorney Mike Hakeem, who represents San Joaquin Valley Land.

The new location would be south of Woodbridge Road between the western frontage road of Highway 99 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The 10-acre parcel is zoned for agricultural use.

The original application called for trapshooting, but a new proposal was filed with the county that eliminates the shooting range.

Three neighboring property owners filed letters of opposition last May, citing traffic, noise, the incompatibility with pesticide spraying and the removal of palm trees on the property, according to the county staff report.

Don Precissi, who filed one of the letters, said on Wednesday he won't make a big issue out of the Moose Lodge moving to Woodbridge Road.

Precissi said he is concerned, however, about the possibility of sulphur being sprayed on vineyards that may blow onto the Moose Lodge property. But most of the spraying, both by air and ground, is done in the early morning, Precissi said. The lodge isn't scheduled to open until 11 a.m.

County planning staff isn't too concerned about the pesticide spraying issue.

"Residents of property on or near agricultural land should be prepared to accept the inconveniences or discomforts associated with agricultural operations or activities," according to the staff report.

Russell Steele, who owns property across the street from the Moose Lodge site, said the developer has addressed some of the concerns, especially about the gun issue.

The San Joaquin County Planning Commission will consider the Lodi Moose Lodge's relocation at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the San Joaquin County Public Health and Planning auditorium, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

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8 comments:

  • posted at 5:15 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    Sam, I have a hard time believing that a Costco would go into that area unless they move there from the Hammer Ln. location. I can't see them having 2 stores so close together. Elk Grove/Laguna doesn't have a store, and they have 10 times the population. But if they close the Stockton store, I think it would be a great location. I'd be all for it.

     
  • posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    Wow, an article about the Moose lodge moving tangents to Pesticides? T&C, thats Totally Coo Coo. Organic farmers use Pesticides, they are only approved for organic use, go to ccof.org to see the chemicals approved for use on your organic produce. Mostly naturally derived chemicals/pesticides, such as Sulfur (mined mineral)that's ground into dusting Sulfur which may settle on non-target areas. Sulfur is used in Eye drops for Pink eye also.
    The New location and building is a good one.

     
  • posted at 6:19 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    T&C I read in Readers Digests many years ago when organic foods first came out that there were more orgrganic foods sold than there were grown. LOL

     
  • posted at 5:34 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    I have a close relative that is a long-time member of the Moose in Lodi. The Lodge was not forced to move-they chose to voluntarily based on a vote by the members which was hugely in favor of the move. There was much negotiation with the developer that resulted in a much higher than value sale. They have a 30 year old metal building with a leaky and rusty roof, failing a/c units, etc, etc.

     
  • posted at 2:57 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    What I am concerned with not only regarding pesticide wafting and settling onto the moose property, but pesticides seeping into the soil and into our groundwater system! What bothers me is the constant staments by health officials saying "The amount of pesticide in the water or soil is minimal! To me, any any amount of poisen entering our bodies is tooooooo much! Yet the entire agriculture industry uses pesticides except supposedly totally organic farms so I guess we must enjoy food, fruit and poisen! If not the bugs will have fat bellies!Good luck to the Moose Lodge!

     
  • posted at 2:29 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    I have a close relative that is a long-time member of the Moose in Lodi. The Lodge was not forced to move-they chose to voluntarily based on a vote by the members which was hugely in favor of the move. There was much negotiation with the developer that resulted in a much higher than value sale. They have a 30 year old metal building with a leaky and rusty roof, failing a/c units, etc, etc.

     
  • posted at 1:54 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    LNS, your title "Current location is on property that will be the new home of Blue Shield" is misleading. Isn't the current Moose Lodge on land that will be the future home for Costco's parking lot?

     
  • posted at 1:53 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2008.

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    There is no reason to remove the beautiful old Palm trees; there is plenty of room for driveways between the trees.
    The Moose will make great neighbors. To bad they can't have their once in a while trap shoots.

     

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