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.
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.