Construction is set to start in the new year for Tivoli, a new housing development in northeast Modesto.
City Councilman David Wright on Nov. 23 thanked city staff for their work on moving the project forward and said Tivoli is expected to break ground in 2022.
“Staff has been really working hard and moving this along with the developers,” he said at the Tuesday council meeting. “Hopefully, first part of next year, we’ll start seeing some dirt being moved out there.”
The roughly 454-acre project was proposed to the city as a mix of homes, stores, offices, an elementary school and parkland and has been in development for over a decade. Current specific plan documents show space for residential properties, as well as offices, a school and commercial real estate.
When the City Council approved the development in 2008, plans included as many as 3,193 new homes ranging in size from apartments and condominiums to regular houses and small estates.
PMZ President Michael Zagaris told The Bee in the summer that he expects the project to be among the last large-scale developments in the city, because the land entitlement process — where a parcel of land is readied for development — is costly and often takes years to complete in Modesto.
Because of this, he said, fellow developers are wary of investing in projects that could take over a decade to come to fruition and run the risks of complications each step of the way.
For Zagaris, who is in his 70s, Tivoli will be the last large project in a decades-long career in Modesto. There currently is no estimate for how long construction will take once it starts in 2022.
Wright last Tuesday thanked city staff for “their hard work” and “moving this process forward.”
“Hats off to you,” he said.
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