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Lodi Planning Commission approves Reynolds Ranch division

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:09 am

Eight new businesses, including a McDonald’s, are set for development at Reynolds Ranch.

The Lodi Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve a new parcel map for the Reynolds Ranch development at its Wednesday night meeting that would allow as many as 25 new commercial businesses to take up shop there.

Property owners Skinner Ranch LP and Robert and Carolyn Reynolds of Lodi are proposing to divide three large parcels on the 27-acre development into 25 smaller parcels to make way for 78,000 square feet of commercial space.

The proposed uses for the new buildings include the McDonald’s restaurant, general retail, a drive-up bank, a sit-down restaurant, a car wash, a tire store, and two supermarket-style businesses, according to the staff report.

Interim Community Development Director Steve Schwabauer said anticipated stores include an America’s Tire and a Kelly’s Car Wash.

The remaining 17 parcels in this phase of the project may be developed later, he said.

The eight parcels are located at the corner of Harney Lane and Reynolds Ranch Parkway, directly across the street from a Starbucks and a Sleep Train. The proposed parcels are currently vacant.

Reynolds Ranch is located on property first annexed in 2006 with the intention of being a residential and mixed-use development.

Costco opened on the site in 2011, and Home Depot opened in 2012.

Schwabauer said the developers filed an application for a tentative parcel map for the residential portion of the project last week.

Jeffrey Kirst, a landowner whose property is located close to Reynolds Ranch, voiced his support for this phase of the project.

“I have tenants who have been looking forward to having more retail in the area,” he told the commission. “It’s been what, nine years ago that we’ve said we want more property tax and sales tax? Well, now it’s finally happening.”

Vice Chair Wendel Kiser lauded applicant Dale Gillespie for the work he and the Reynolds have put into developing the site over the years.

“I really do appreciate the work you’ve put into this,” he said. “You did an expert job of maintaining what you said you’d do in the beginning.”

City of Lodi Senior Planner Craig Hoffman said use permit applications for McDonald’s, Kelly’s Car Wash and America’s Tire will come to the commission for approval at a future meeting.

Chair Nick Jones and commissioners Steve Hennecke and Debbie Olson were absent.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at wesb@lodinews.com.

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