Projects have begun for new housing developments on both the east side and west side of Galt. Elliott Homes have broken ground at Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard, while KB Homes will begin their project on farmland off of Kost Road. Community Development Director Chris Erias said both developments need to put in streets and utilities before building.

“Elliott Homes will be offering four home plans, ranging in size from 1,452 to 1,930 square feet in Veranda at River Oaks,” Erias said. “They’ve started infrastructure improvements of streets and utilities at the Veranda at River Oaks Subdivision. The design features lots fronting common-use paseos with rear facing 2-car garages taking access from private driveways. Home construction will take place once the improvements are completed, estimated to be in the first quarter of 2020.”

The KB development on Kost will offer varying sizes of lots on the Cardoso Farms acreage.

“The Planning Commission approved the KB Homes design consisting of four floor plans ranging in size from 1,523 square feet to 2,354 square feet,” Erias said. “Each floor plan will have three elevation options: Craftsman, French Cottage and Tuscan. The Cardoso I Subdivision contains 69 lots on 17.5+ acres with lot sizes ranging from 6,500 square feet to 27,152 square feet. The KB Homes floor plans are in plan check. All improvements, streets and utilities need to be constructed before home construction. If all goes well, the subdivision should be under construction in 2020.”

Despite the trash issues, the business community continues to move forward with the Best Western’s 10-room addition, now complete, and the Days Inn project is also moving forward.

If your car or your dog needs a wash, you can enjoy a cup of coffee from nearby Starbucks while you wait. Gilley’s Car and Dog Wash is expected to open sometime in October, according to Economic Development Manager Amie Mendes. Another project is in the works to take advantage of Highway 99 access.

“The Planning Division has received an application for a gas station, convenience store, and fast food restaurant at 952 Simmerhorn Road (formerly Jay’s Auto Repair.)” Mendes said. “The project requires a Conditional Use Permit to operate the convenience store and drive-through.  Planning Commission consideration is anticipated in November or December.”

The Hazel Haus hair studio has opened in the former Then Again Antiques space on the corner of Fourth and C streets in Old Town, according to Mendes. A grand opening is planned for this weekend, complete with refreshments.

Both sides of Galt will soon sport a Starbucks drive-thru, the second Starbucks will be added to the F&M Bank building on C Street.

In addition to existing coffee shops, Starbucks will have some new nearby competition for coffee lovers.

“The city is processing a planning application for a Dutch Bros drive-thru at 325 Pine Street, just across the street from the existing McDonald’s,” Mendes said. “The drive-thru requires a conditional use permit and Planning Commission approval. The item is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission consideration in November.”

Papas & Wings is in the last stages of interior improvements at their new location at 803 C Street.

Impact Sports & Play Center will be occupying the former Dollar Tree space in the Galt Village Shopping Center. This will be the second location for Impact Sports, which has a similar operation in Lodi.

The indoor play venue, The Little Farmhouse Party & Play, in Old Town recently opened at 213 Fourth Street, and Lark’s Deli & Donuts is also enjoying success just down the street on 239 Fourth Street.