The Gateways Area includes much of South Merced (south of Highway 99) and southeast Merced, in the vicinity of Yosemite Parkway. Frontages along Highway 99 are also included. The Gateways Area has large of areas of residential neighborhoods, and commercial arterials along Highway 140 (Yosemite Parkway) and Highway 59 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Way).
The area’s commercial development includes smaller neighborhood convenience and food stores, auto parts and repair, and medical offices in the area of Mercy Medical Center. Mercy currently is Merced’s only hospital, and is a major physical presence in the Gateways Area. Another major institution in the area is the Merced County Fairgrounds on Martin Luther King Way.
Adjacent to the freeway is the largest concentration of motels in Merced, including Ramada, Express by Holiday Inn, Marriot Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Days Inn, Motel 6, Best Western and others. A number of fast food restaurants are found at freeway interchanges.
Opportunities in the Gateways community include sites suitable for development of community shopping centers including grocery/drug, additional freeway-oriented businesses, and office. The newest development in the Gateways Project Area is Rancho San Miguel. Rancho San Miguel serves a good portion of South and East Merced. They offer restaurant food service, grocery and pharmacy services. Rancho San Miguel is a welcomed benefit to the Merced Community and Gateways Community.
Several high-visibility sites are located along the freeway.