Government officials as well as real estate developers are confirming that at least two major Internet retailers or e-tailers, as their sometimes called, are looking to locate in Patterson to bring more distribution center style businesses and jobs to the area.
While not revealing a name— one has remained anonymous to even the developers, much like Amazon.com did in early stages of development— Deputy City Attorney Doug White said as much as 5 million square feet of distribution center building space could be at stake, and Patterson is in direct competition with its rival 26 miles to the north— Tracy.
He said one e-tailer that wants to directly compete with Amazon.com is looking to put in two distribution centers within a five mile radius of each other— one 1.2 million square foot facility and another 1.8 million square foot colossus— preferably next door to each other.
Another anonymous e-tailer is looking to put in a 1.2 to 1.5 million square foot facility in Patterson— possibly into the freshly approved Patterson Logistics Center.
Scott Cable of Cable and Kilpatrick Real Estate, which partners with the Sacramento-based Buzz Oates Commercial and Industrial Land Development firm, confirmed that at least two firms were looking for land ready for development. He said one had remained anonymous while the other is known, but would not reveal the company’s name.
At least one suitor wants to be up and running by fall 2014.
The Patterson Logistics Center, which changed a 2010 plan for seven buildings totaling 1.27 million square-feet to one giant rectangular building with a footprint of the same 1.27 million square feet, was approved by the Patterson City Council Dec. 17. The project calls for 1,061 parking spaces, which officials say would be less than there would be with seven smaller buildings.
The plan for the building includes two separate turn lanes into the facility for workers and a new traffic light built on Haggerty Road, where trucks would turn left into the facility.
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