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Lodi moves forward with office development

179,200-square-foot center will include medical office, stores

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Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:16 am, Thu Feb 10, 2011.

A 30-acre commercial development in south Lodi that stalled during the economic downturn is moving forward.

According to the plans, the new development will include five offices and commercial retail space at the southwest corner of Harney Lane and West Lane.

The plans show five new office buildings that take up a total of 179,200 square feet, including a medical office with a laboratory. The plans also include 103,350 square feet of commercial space, including a bank and restaurant, that are labeled for future growth.

Developer Michael Carouba resubmitted the plans, and the city has already received public comment from various state agencies and Citizens for Open Government.

One of the groups that opposed Walmart submitted a letter saying the city needs to do more studies on the potential effect of the project on the environment.

In the letter, attorney Osha Meserve with Soluri Meserve Law Corporation takes issue with the city's studies on traffic, greenhouse gases and air quality.

"(Citizens for Open Government) is concerned that the South Hutchins Annexation Project ... is yet another significant incursion into the undeveloped land between the city and Stockton," the letter states.

The 30 acres of farmland is not in the city's boundaries, but is included in the sphere of influence. When the city drafted its General Plan, it selected that area as a commercial site for possible development.

The next step for the project is to go before the Planning Commission, said Kari Chadwick, an administrative secretary in community development. If it is approved there, it will go to the Lodi City Council.

After that, it will also have to go to the San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission because the city is annexing the property, Chadwick said.

Even though the plans have been re-submitted, Carouba said not much else is happening.

"We had an application when things were more robust," Carouba said. "And we picked up the application again with the intention of continuing. It's basically the same layout."

Although Citizens for Open Government has spoken out against the proposed development, Carouba said he had no comment and is glad citizens are getting a chance to express themselves during the process.

There are no retailers yet named for the development.

Mayor Bob Johnson said the new center will provide more opportunities for Lodi.

"Anytime you can get a complex of that size and scope it will be a benefit to the community," Johnson said.

He said his response about the Citizens for Open Government complaint is the same as when they complained about the Walmart Supercenter at Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road.

"They've got an opportunity through the system to file whatever complaints or actions they feel are appropriate," Johnson said.

When asked what new restaurant he would like to go into the center, he said the main thing he has heard from residents is that they want a specific grocery store.

"To placate the housewives of the community, rather than a restaurant, let's have a restaurant and a Trader Joe's," Johnson said.

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

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:35 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Bob Bechill posted at 4:36 pm...Give Bob a break. He apologized already. Now the real issue is that we truly do need a Trader Joe's in Lodi. I'm all for that!

    I guess that’s the real issue for you Bob... but to me, you simply are behaving like an ostrich that avoids issues rather than dealing with them… Apologizing for offending anyone does not solve the problem. It was a gentlemanly thing to do, but we still have a mayor that thinks women need to be placated to solve problems… He is the mayor and has power over women’s lives, and you think the real issue is … we need a Traders Joes… My response is… give me a break…

  • roy bitz posted at 11:00 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    You are the Mayor now. Think before you speak.
    No more bully----no more "someone's got her undies in a bunch" -- no more disrespect --please.
    Thank you Mrs. Johnson for trying to get your man--- our mayor --on track.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:58 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Just in case the PTB's are paying attention here are their requirements (I'm just sayin'):

    Center Criteria Strong anchored centers or high visibility convenience
    centers that offer strong retail synergy
    Demographics 30,000 minimum population, $50,000+ median income,
    (2 Mile Radius) 15,000 workplace population, median age 40 and below,
    household size of 2.5+
    Size Requirement S 2,400 - 3,200 sq. ft., end-cap with drive-thru preferred and
    40 ft. frontage, outdoor patio seating in appropriate markets
    Activity Strong activity such as schools, theatres, parks, childcare,
    hospitals and sports facilities
    Location High visibility to street and center traffic, parking at least
    30 stalls near space, at least 4 points of access into center,
    ability to maximize Schlotzsky’s signage

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:54 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Schlotzsky's, we need a Schlotzsky's. BEST Pastrami sandwich ever. And there isn't one for a few hundred miles from here. I'm salivating just thinking about them.

  • Bob Bechill posted at 4:36 pm on Fri, Feb 11, 2011.

    Bob Bechill Posts: 41

    Give Bob a break. He apologized already. Now the real issue is that we truly do need a Trader Joe's in Lodi. I'm all for that!

  • Charles Nelson posted at 1:34 pm on Fri, Feb 11, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 257

    When I go to the grocery store with my wife, I have to tell her where everything is located. Everyone there knows me by my first name, and wonders who the lady is who's with me.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:05 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Bob stated...To all those "housewives" I may have offended, I apologize...As MY wife told me after she read the paper this am the comment was inappropriate...

    Bob, I’m afraid you are digging a deeper hole than prior... When someone says something and offends, then apologizes, that is a good thing… however, several things happened here that may be a problem for your political future.

    That your wife had to tell you if it was inappropriate at your age and political position is amazing. That you have political power in your vote that directly affects the lives of women, and those who love them, is probably not a good thing since you harbor that attitude… internal attitudes and dispositions are not eliminated by apologizing. If I were your political opponent, I would address and communicate with as many woman’s groups as possible and identify ordinances passed that you voted for that might effect them. Nothing personal… I’m just surprised and disappointed as I advocated voting for you prior to this.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:42 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Josh stated… Who is "Citizens for Open Government… good question … went to secretary of state web site and only one listing in California…. Strange they would be concerned about this…
    Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
    I think this is out of LosAngeles... anyone know more?
    Citizens for Open Government… "(Citizens for Open Government) is concerned that the SouthHutchins Annexation Project ... is yet another significantincursion into the undeveloped land between the city and Stockton,"the letter states.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 6:39 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Bob, you better hope the Lodi NOW group does not start a recall petition because I will sign it. You are so out of touch with the majority of Lodians.

    And, PLEASE, all of you TRADER JOE's people.... they are NOT coming to Lodi. Stop with all of the whining. Besides, I'd much rather have a Whole Foods any day of the week, but Lodi doesnt come close to meeting their income & education demographics either.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:58 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Who is "Citizens for Open Government"? Is it a handful of people who continue to hide behind their attorney? As long as we're demanding "open government" how about letting us know who makes up this organization. And when will the other secret organization come forth? Certainly Lodi First should be involved in this matter as well.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:28 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Bob Johnson is what we call a male chauvinist pig in my generation. Just look at the council meeting archives and watch his hateful dialogue oftentimes with Ms. Hitchcock and Ms. Mounce. The developer, realtor, builder 3 amigos, Hansen, Johnson and Katzakian will assure us that Harney Lane will become a gigantic strip mall from this new project at Harney and West Lane to the present new super highway 99 strip mall known as Reynolds Ranch. That's the last nail in the coffin for the "greenbelt". Look out Lodi, here comes Stockton!

  • Bob Johnson posted at 12:37 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Bob Johnson Posts: 26

    To all those "housewives" I may have offended, I apologize. As MY wife told me after she read the paper this am the comment was inappropriate.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:22 pm on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    Johnson has always been a class A (starts with "a," ends with "e," and has 7 letters). Didn't we get rid of him way back when and then he suddenly ran for Council again in 2004?

    Why would "housewives" want a Trader Joes? With just a restaurant they could make their husbands take them out every night and never have to go grocery shopping.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:08 am on Thu, Feb 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    To placate the housewives of the community, rather than a restaurant, let's have a restaurant and a Trader Joe's," Johnson said.

    Did Mr Johnson actual state “to placate housewives"... if I were a female voter, I would have a problem voting for a man that was that derogatory to the female sex...and as a husband of a special lady, that is now retired, is a housewife, I would have a problem voting for him as well. Where there is smoke there is fire… this comment was the smoke.



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