Sacramento Developer Gerry Kamilos is donating 5 acres of land in the proposed Mariposa Lakes development in southeast Stockton to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton.
The land will be used for a new diocese headquarters, to replace the crowded chancery at 1105 N. Lincoln Street in Stockton.
The 3,800-acre PCCP Mariposa Lakes project is in environmental review prior and must be approved by the City Council. The project includes residential, commercial and industrial land around a 40-acre lake. Plans include about 30 acres of "quasi-public" land to be used for things like churches, day care centers and charter schools, Kamilos said today in a meeting with Modesto Bee editors and reporters.
Kamilos is also the developer for PCCP West Park, a proposed 4,800-acre business and industrial park on the West Side of Stanislaus County. That project recently received approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to start the environmental review process.
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The donated land in Mariposa Lakes will be about a mile and a half east of Highway 99 and adjacent to the 40-acre lake, Kamilos said. He declined to give a value for the land, which will include utility improvements.
Bishop Stephen Blaire called the donation priceless.
"When this opportunity came, it was really a blessing," he said. "It’s really convenient — right off (highway) 99. Our diocese has three main areas — Stockton, Modesto and the Mariposa area, so this is a tremendous location for us."
The diocese is planning a multiphase project. If the initial 27,000-square-foot, two-story project were built today, it would cost about $7 million, which would come out of a special diocese building fund. However, the project isn’t expected to get off the ground until 2011.