Lathrop plans to spiff up Louise Ave. landscaping

Louise Avenue is a major access point connecting Manteca and Lathrop.

And it is about to undergo a comprehensive facelift.

With the blessing of Lathrop City Council, Louise Avenue will soon resemble the recently renovated Lathrop Road, which is landscaped with landscaped medianas, palm trees, shrubbery, and irrigation, making one of the city’s main thoroughfares more welcoming to visitors and locals alike.

The developer of the North Crossroads Business Center project has already allocated a fair share of the required landscaping – $ 329,627 – to be used to overhaul the existing east-west artery to improve the appearance of the pavement, improve the quality of life for residents and to ensure the supply of drought-resistant landscaping that can withstand the harsh conditions of the Central Valley.

In order to maintain symmetry with other landscaping along Louise Avenue, the developer of the 7 industrial buildings that will be erected along the facade of the Crossroads Business Center chose to pay for the improvements rather than designing them according to the requirements of the development agreement .

The city plans to provide additional funding once work on the project begins and the total construction costs become clear.

In addition to the landscaping – including ground cover and palm trees – the city also plans to install upward facing lights that illuminate the palm trees at night and improve the overall aesthetics of a long-established industrial corridor.

Louise Avenue provides access to the Crossroads Business Park as well as the distribution center, which is now housed in the old Pilkington glass factory – which currently houses Kraft-Heinz’s sales and other activities.

Tesla Corporation has also used the corridor to store finished vehicles that rolled off the assembly line in Fremont before being loaded onto trolleys and sent to their final destinations.

The central islands along Louise Avenue were recently completed and extend from the Union Pacific railroad tracks to I-5. The project also includes landscaping, irrigation and lighting along Lathrop Road from Cambridge Drive to 5th Street – medians installed as the carriageway was widened to allow for two lanes in each direction.

While most of Lathrop’s residential development is west of I-5 in the Central Lathrop, Mossdale, and River Islands areas, the city continues to work to improve the area known as Historic Lathrop, which was once the city’s residential and residential area commercial core.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell, email or call 209.249.3544.

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