Sperry, Ward retail projects to finish by Christmas
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
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Construction workers are bustling to build more retail and restaurant outlets near the Walmart supercenter at Ward and Sperry avenues. The project hopes to entice more options for traveling tourists off Interstate 5 and Patterson residents alike. Projects that have been recently confirmed by City Manager Rod Butler are Panda Express and GameStop.

John Cassidy, project superintendent with Rocklin-based Tilton Pacific Construction, said his company is currently constructing two buildings at 5,000-square feet, each to be placed on the left and right side of a large fountain.

The buildings will house four tenant spaces apiece, although it has not been relayed to Cassidy who these new tenants are expected to be at this time.

The construction, which started roughly a month ago, is expected to be completed by mid-December and will adequately resemble Walmart’s outer design, said Cassidy. Although Walmart owns the parking lot, Cassidy stated the company did not own the parcels.

This is the company’s sixth commercial project with the city of Patterson, a few of which include the former restaurant, Strings by I-5 and three buildings adjacent to Save Mart Supermarkets.

“This has worked out well for me,” said Cassidy, who has resided in Patterson for the last 15 years. “Walmart has been great to work with. And being a resident, my kids are pretty happy to see and Panda Express and a GameStop come in.”

Cassidy, however, is concerned for the youth.

“I know we’ve impacted the community and students who like to come to Walmart or McDonalds on half days,” said Cassidy, who notices that students tend to cross over the construction paths. “It is not safe. Also, apologies towards other pedestrians going from Sperry and Ward to Walmart.”

Another aspect Cassidy was concerned with were the residents living just across the street from the thundering noises of the construction site. As a precaution, the company secured a 145-ft long and 10-ft tall sound wall to prevent any disruption.

“We try to accommodate the best we can,” said Cassidy. “The city has been very cooperative as well.”

Los Banos native Shawn Alberti of the McElvany Inc. construction company is also leading an initiative set out by Panda Express. He said they began their project two weeks ago, and will be a 90-day build.

“Things have been going along fairly easily,” Alberti said of the prime land. “Panda Express bought this land from Walmart, and it is clear they want to start growing in this community. That’s a good sign. That just means that later on there will be more jobs, not just for us but for other companies that put up buildings, electrical and landscaping. I’m happy for Patterson.”

Butler said there will also be five different suites on the southern end of Sperry that are also owned by Panda Express, one of which includes a GameStop. The rest have yet to be announced.

In addition, the Newport Beach-based Pacific Development Group is under contract to purchase a couple of pads in the retail development.

Pacific Development Group and its partners own and manage almost 2.5 million square feet of commercial buildings with about 700 tenants, according to the company’s website.

Its Northern California projects include the Tracy Gateway shopping center at Corral Hollow Road and 11th Street in Tracy, anchored by Save Mart Supermarkets and Walgreens, and a center near Home Depot and WinCo. Foods in Tracy that includes Round Table Pizza and Jamba Juice.

Butler also said there is expected to be another area or location to be built on near Walmart’s garden center. Though Walmart officials have not commented on the project, Butler believes the site will not be finished quite as quickly as the current buildings under construction.

Although many of the buildings have already been leased, Butler said it has been “tight-lipped” about who the tenants will be.

Butler is hopeful, however, that the tenants will be an excellent addition to the community.

“We expect everything to go smoothly for us,” he said. “We are encouraged to have more options for restaurants and retail stores. I’ve enjoyed hearing the reactions from a number of residents about the extra amenities.”

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com

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