2017 Proves Solid Year for Development
2017 proved to be another active year for building permits. In fact, November was another solid month for single-family development with 51 new housing starts. There were 16 new multi-family units and one new commercial permit was pulled.
November’s housing activity makes 2017 the 3rd year in a row of 500+ housing starts.
"With several new housing developments continuing to come through the Site Plan Review process and the current need for continued housing growth in California, we should expect this trend to continue through 2018," shares Devon Jones, City of Visalia Economic Development Manager.
Housing wasn't the only thing changing the landscape of Visalia. In fact, numerous projects growth throughout Visalia. A few highlights:
- UPS purchasing 58 acres in the Industrial Park at the northeast corner of Plaza and Riggin for future Central Valley expansion.
- Golden State Overnight is building a 62,840 SF distribution center in the Industrial Park and is making Visalia its main hub. They will employ about 70 people when completed and likely double in future years.
- More activity is occurring at the 720 E. Center Mixed Use Project. The former Caskey Paper building that is now the new home of the Planing Mill and office space will soon also feature a martial arts studio and a gym facility.
- Lincoln Oval Park has new activity as the Tulare County Office of Education’s (TCOE) Early Childhood Education Program is now using the existing Oval Park building for meetings with children and families that participate in their Home Base Program.
- The old Courthouse is on track to becoming a Boutique Hotel – Matt Ainley and his development team submitted the winning proposal to the County of Tulare’s RFP for the redevelopment of the Old Courthouse in Downtown Visalia. The project consists of a 28-room boutique hotel named “The Darling” and aims to restore the classic Art Deco architectural style of the four-story building to pay homage to its 1930s roots.
- Barrelhouse Brewing is now in Visalia, following the establishment of the Microbrewery/Microwinery Overlay District in the East Downtown area.
Sportsman's Warehouse continues to draw crowds at its new location at Packwood Creek, while the ‘The Commons’ regional retail project at Visalia Parkway and Mooney continue to work through the entitlement process having received a ‘Revise and Proceed’ through Site Plan Review.
The repurposing of the old Weatherby’s site at the southeast corner of Walnut and Mooney continues. Once completed, a new drive-thru food service and several other retail/food tenants are expected.
Just a snapshot of what 2017 brought, 2018 looks to be another exciting year. Stay tuned for the latest updates on development, growth and the next chapter in Visalia's future.