New student housing approved in Turlock

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TURLOCK — The Turlock City Council has approved a project that will provide housing for 600 students near the California State University, Stanislaus campus.

The Vista student housing project, approved earlier this month, is a four-story, three-building complex and will be built along Monte Vista Avenue between Dels Lane and Crowell Road. They will be the tallest residential buildings in Turlock when they’re finished.

Some neighbors who live behind site protested, saying they didn’t want such tall buildings towering over their homes, so Coleraine Capital Group altered its plans to move the building away from the neighorhood and closer to Monte Vista Avenue.

There will be 180 units and the bedrooms will be leased to Stanislaus State students.

The living areas will be arranged as pods with individual bedrooms attached to a common living room and kitchen. There will also be a recreation area with a clubhouse and a pool as well as off-street parking for residents.

“So, the good news is those are 680 cars that aren’t looking for a parking space on campus,” said Turlock Assistant to the City Manager for Housing and Economic Development Maryn Pitt.

Development is also moving forward in the retail sector. The Monte Vista Crossings shopping center is in the planning stages for its fourth phase. City planners expect developers to present plans sometime this fall, Pitt said.

The shopping center was sold to Excel Trust a few months ago. That company, based in San Diego, owns between 40 and 50 shopping centers throughout the western United States.

“So far they’ve been great people to work with,” Pitt said.

At Town Center on Golden State Highway, DD’s Discounts held its grand opening Sept. 24, giving that troubled shopping center a new anchor tenant.

“That should help that shopping center,” Pitt said. “That one’s been a problem or at least something of a shrinking violet on the vine.”

DD’s Discounts, a store for bargain hunters, is part of the same company as Ross Stores.

The walls are up at Dust Bowl Brewing Company’s new facility at Fulkerth Road and Dianne Drive in the Turlock Industrial Park, and Pitt said the company expects it to open in mid-2016.

The new location will be used primarily for manufacturing, but there will also be a tasting room, a cafe and meeting center.

“That opens up another whole segment in terms of another kind of business on the freeway that’s easy for people to get on and off,” Pitt said. “Their venue is going to be fabulous.”

Dust Bowl will still maintain its location downtown.

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