Business Boon

May 17, 2018 No Comments by

The month of May brings more economic development news as projects involving mixed-use development, medical offices and much more take place in Visalia.

A downtown mixed use residential project is making its way through the entitlement process. 117 E. Main, the current home of Midtown Sports, will one day consist of a new restaurant space on the ground floor and two apartments on the 2nd floor. The site plan shows units at around 1,535 square feet each.

  • A 4,000 SF medical office is being proposed at 120 E. Murray for ophthalmologist Dr. Bianco. The building is currently used for an insurance office.
  • Replanet Packaging will be adding a new 100,000 warehouse addition to their existing facility at 6941 W. Goshen. The company converts recycled plastics from its various retail collection facilities across the state into ag product packaging materials.
  • Hilton Home 2 Suites came back through Site Plan Review for adjustments to their proposed hotel project in the Business Research Park (BRP) area just south of the Industrial Park. The project now is off to pursue a conditional use permit for the hotel in the BRP zone and to amend the master plan for the Square project for the hotel pad.
  • An indoor shooting range is being proposed by Smokin’ Barrel Firearms in the old Groppetti Auto location at Burke and Mineral King. Smokin’ Barrel is proposing a new retail location there that will eventually also include the indoor shooting range portion. The retail portion can proceed at this time since it is a permitted use at this site.
  • Motel 6 is proposing a west wing expansion at its location along Noble just west of Linwood. The expansion will add 28 rooms with additional parking lot and accessibility improvements.
Building Permit Activity: April was another solid month for building permit activity with 35 new single-family units, and five new commercial projects totaling approx. 163,000 square feet of new commercial development.

The activity puts us at double the commercial permits from the same time last year and 28% above for single-family residential.

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