One of the most remarkable and charming features of Visalia is its downtown area. Located just north of State Highway 198, the downtown has served as the city's epicenter for social culture and local business prowess since 1852. Structurally, Downtown Visalia represents a mix of historically preserved buildings and newly renovated spaces that combine to showcase the area's rich history and promising future.
Nestled in the heart of Visalia, the Downtown is geographically defined as stretching from Conyer to Tipton Street (east-west) and from Mineral King Avenue to Goshen/Murray Street (north-south). With the addition of the East Downtown Revitalization Area, the boundaries of Downtown Visalia will soon extend eastward to Ben Maddox Way.
The downtown is comprised of an eclectic blend of professional office buildings, unique retail businesses, culturally diverse restaurants, and various types of entertainment outlets. By day, the office, medical, and government workers can be spotted strolling down Main Street on their way to visit the various cafés and restaurants Downtown Visalia has to offer such as Jimmy John's, India Curry House, Rookie's Sports Bar, Pizano's, Henry Salazar's, and many more. Once evening arrives, Downtown is electrified by fine dining establishments and entertaining night clubs such as Brewbaker's Brewery, Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, and Fugazzi's. This section of Visalia also offers many opportunities for a person to take in a show, be it a movie at the Regal Cinema's 10 Screen Cineplex, a live act at the majestically restored Fox Theater, or concert music at The Cellar Door.
Visalia's Downtown district also serves as host to the County Seat for Tulare County, as well as accommodating the area's largest hospital Kaweah Delta Healthcare District. In 2009, the hospital completed construction of a six-story 230,000 square feet North Tower Medical Center. Currently 130,000 square feet of the new building is occupied, which includes an expanded emergency department, four new trauma units and twenty-four new hospital beds. The hospital now plans to begin construction on the 5th and 6th floors of the facility.
Downtown is “red hot” with new construction and renovation of commercial buildings underway.
Current projects include:
Main St. Promenade
This mixed-use development opened in September 2011. It is home to more than 200 hungry realtors from Keller Williams Realty. It also features a new Crepe restaurant and a Wells Fargo Bank. For leasing opportunities, please call (559)732-2200.
Harvey May, a local developer, has transformed this historic building to support ground floor retail which includes a bakery and an insurance company on the ground floor. Excellent opportunities to buy out the second floor for office use. For interest in office space, please contact http://www.hydecommercialre.com/.
The owners of the Tazzaria on Main Street, have purchased the coffee house and converted it into a new café serving pizza, sandwiches, desserts, and an assortment of refreshments.
Chelsea Street Boutique
Sam Sciacca has remodeled this 2-story building to house his wife and daughter's clothing boutique on the ground floor and a residential unit on the upper floor. This stylish and popular boutique is currently run by his wife and daughter on the fround floor of the building. As for the upstairs, the Sciacca's renovated the old office and storage space into an elegant residential apartment, one of the first for Visalia's Downtown area. With the successful conversion of the second floor space above Chelsea Street Boutique on Main Street, there is a growing interest in conversion of upper floors to residential space along Main St. For more information, please contact Sam at (559) 734-7467.
Family Healthcare Network
The Visalia-based low-cost medical clinic continues to expand. Recently, it added space on Center Street and is planning to break ground on a two story medical and dental clinic this Summer.
Santa Fe: The Professional Office Corridor
With a Federal grant, the City is installing sidewalks, decorative lighting, and benches to accomodate new medical and professional office space which are making this corridor with ample parking space and an easy stroll to and from the shops.
Rookie's Sports Bar
This unique bar offers several sporting events on screens, live entertainment, and an assorment of affordable items to choose from in a pleasant atmosphere.
This gourmet sandwich shop offers an assortment of tasty treats for the hungry lunch crowd.
The Downtown provides a wonderfully unique shopping and dining experience to people visiting Visalia that will only improve as the area continues to grow. If you have been considering relocating your business, Downtown Visalia is an area beaming with opportunity.
For more information on available retail business and office space please contact Downtown Real Estate Companies:
Links: Downtown Visalia Alliance