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Lodi Planning Commission approves Reynolds Ranch, Home Depot

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Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:00 am

The Lodi Planning Commission approved Home Depot coming to town and plans for Reynolds Ranch at its meeting Wednesday night.

Dale Gillespie, project developer of Reynolds Ranch, said the plan is to hold the groundbreaking on the entire center in July. The 154,114- square-foot Costco is set to open its doors by the end of this year, while the 134,240- square-foot Home Depot aims to open in 2011.

Other shops in the center would begin to appear in late 2011, with the majority of the other stores opening in 2012, he said.

With barely any conversation, the commission approved the store and project's plans in a 6-0 vote with commissioner Tim Mattheis absent.

Their vote will be the final approval necessary for Home Depot and the shopping center, as long as no one appeals the decision to the Lodi City Council.

The Planning Commission approved Costco on Feb. 10, and it was appealed by Melissa and Charles Katzakian, who live in a historic home near the project. The council will vote on the final approval of Costco at its May 5 meeting.

The plans for Reynolds Ranch include five other major retailers that will be 18,000 square feet or larger. The plans also include locations for a drugstore, a restaurant, two banks and nine smaller shops.

In total, Reynolds Ranch will include 493,795 square feet and 2,464 parking spaces.

Commissioner Wendel Kiser said he was pleased with the retail center's architecture.

"I think it really looks good and is thought out well," he said. "I think it will turn out to be a very nice project."

Commissioner Dave Kirsten said the only concerns he has heard revolve around traffic, and he believes that will be eased with the city's project to widen Harney Lane to four lanes.

"Everyone that has a position on the project has spoken," he said. "I don't think the community seeks to block the project or keep it from going forward." There were no public comments on the project, even though the commission did receive two letters from concerned residents.

A letter focused on traffic concerns came from representatives of Miller Farms, which is near the project.

Also, the Katzakians submitted a letter nearly identical to the one they submitted when Costco was before the commission.

The Katzakians are appealing the project's state-mandated Environmental Impact Report. They argue that the EIR had assumed their historic house would be used for a retail, but since they have not been able to reach an agreement with Gillespie, they are still living in their house.

If the house were to remain residential, the couple believe that the city would have to do a new environmental analysis on the area to measure the land use impact of the project on the residential property.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • posted at 2:53 pm on Fri, Mar 26, 2010.


    ordinarycitizen - good suggestions. Variety would be good, rather than more of the same. I especially like the idea of a Trader Joes.

  • posted at 5:29 am on Fri, Mar 26, 2010.


    I love Orchard. I go to Lowe's. I am conflicted re: Home Depot. It seems it would be better if other type of stores would come in, different types of stores, not quite sure which kind right now, but stores that would offer variety in merchandise rather than home improvement type stuff - a retail type store. Like a Pottery Barn or someting to that effect. And maybe a Rubios would be great. Rubios is in Stockton, they should come to Lodi. Love Rubios! Oh, and Lodi really does need a Trader Joe's. That would be way better than Home Depot.

  • posted at 4:39 pm on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Observer, they certainly weren't given any incentives just like BC/BS weren't. Nobody would tell you if they did. CC doesn't admit giving anybody anything.And unless you're part of the bribe department at city hall, how would you know? And Gillespi gets the three male votes on the council for anything he asks. Maybe those cc members share in the wealth for all we know? Like the way they let Gillespie change the scope of the project and delete the school and the park to make room for more commercial. The EIR wasn't done on the changed project, but the original with the school, park, less commercial and a historical residence on the project site. You must be big daddy if you can guarantee us there were no perks. I call you a downright liar.

  • posted at 2:27 pm on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    I've always thought Lowes was a better store than Home Depot. Much cleaner and better organized. I can't see ever driving over to RR to shop at Home Depot. Also, I think OSH will survive. They always seem to in other cities that have Lowes and Home Depot. Probably in part because they carry specialty items that you can't get at either of the other two stores (at least as far as hardware is concerned).

  • posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Amity, I can guarantee you the only thing the City has done is zoned the property. Lodi offers no incentives to bring businesses into town. If someone knows differently, please let me know. Home Depot will pay all kinds of fees totaling thousands of dollars. By the way, your spelling errors are not important to me.

  • posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Hurray for Home Depot! For once Lodi will start getting tax money for my home improvement projects.

  • posted at 9:30 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    I see my type-o's all I can say is oops.Let the snarling stat up........ now.

  • posted at 9:27 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Observer I dont know where you get the idea that a city does not bring companies to town. There called tax breaks insentives as well as anything else a town or city can do to bring bussness in to a town.I have seen it and read about in other towns and cities. See this is the issue I see with home depot. 1 there is allready a lowes and an osh. 2 you lose Lodis small town feel 3 you may think more jobs but in the end not realy (IE) they will hire a bunch of people at the start then start getting rid of people to cut cost. dont believe me look at wal-mart and lowes you wait in a line with 10 other people and more are coming to one check out line becase they (the store) do not wish to pay for the employees it would take for the quick check out for the consumer.now dont get me wrong Lodi need more jobs but the city needs to find another way to bring them to town as well as other companies. Its just my thoughts on this issue.

  • posted at 7:14 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    From personal experience. My son worked at the Home Depot off of Hammer Lane. Their wages were not better than Walmarts. As a matter of fact when the Lowe's was built a lot of the Home Depot employees applied there as the wages were much much better, I believe by 4 to 7 dollars more an hour.I am not sticking up for walmart, though I do shop there as they are "the low price leader". Why pay more for the same exact items. I am saying why were these stores not put thru the rigormoral that Walmart is still currently going thru after many many years. Wasnt this the protestors main concern, affecting Mom and Pop and downtown Lodi shops?

  • posted at 7:06 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Pre$$ure$on, the old business model of superb customer service by Home Depot was mostly tossed out when the original founders were tossed out. Too bad too, because they were the best.

  • posted at 6:03 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    I'm torn. Yes in this economy, more jobs is definitely needed. At the same time I hate to see urban Lodi grow out into the "green belt". One of the reasons I moved here from San Jose 2 years ago is for the "small town" feel. I like the fact that no matter where you are in Lodi, you are only 5 minutes from the country. I worry that this new big shopping center just inches us closer to Stockton. Plus, like Amity said, we already have a Lowes. Why does a town the size of Lodi need two warehouse hardware stores and an OSH? I don't get it.

  • posted at 5:36 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    ya gotta love competition!....good news...fa sho!..l0l

  • posted at 4:32 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    I'm happy to see Home Depot come to RR. They will outdo Lowe's anyday with their service and they constantly offer classes on anything to do with home building or remodeling. Lowe's needs some serious competition but I still prefer OSH with their easy to navigate store and very knowledgable employees who don't have to call someone else for help. However, I do try to shop for the most reasonable prices.

  • posted at 3:41 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    PAL, the difference is that wal-mart pays slave wages and little benefits for being one of the worlds richest companies! Not to mention, most wal-mart employee's know nothing about plumbing, paint, and construction. The old ladies might give good advice in the garden center - but that's about it!

  • posted at 3:28 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    hmmmm, Where are all the people who protest the big box stores because they take away from the Mom and Pops?? It is because these stores are not a Walmart? There goes OSH, they will be closing.

  • posted at 3:28 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    More better paying jobs!

  • posted at 3:23 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    Amity....do you think these guys get a phone call from one of the "good ol boyz" and then sign a lease? Come on! These companies are much more sophisticated about the location of their company. They will end up knowing more about the demographics and the surrounding area than the City of Lodi even knows. No one "brings these companies to town", they CHOOSE where they want to be and we can only hope they will choose us.

  • posted at 1:44 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    why does Lodi need a home depot? Is there not a lowes in town.There was the last time i was in town.I think thats just crazy. why not bring another company to town instead? But the city good old boy's crew never made much sence to me any way.



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