Planning Commission to take up In-N-Out

Conditional use permit for second In-N-Out location on Riggin and Dinuba Blvd to be considered by Visalia Planning Commission

By John Lindt
Sierra 2 the Sea news service

VISALIA – If In-N-Out needed to know how popular their burger chain is in Visalia, they found out when news hit in July that they were seeking a second Visalia location.

The Visalia Planning Commission is expected take up plans to locate a new In-N-Out eatery on Riggin and Dinuba Blvd in north Visalia, according to the Oct. 28 planning commission agenda. Visalia staff said the application for a conditional use permit will likely be heard November 12.

It would be the second location in town for In-N Out. Real estate representative for the company in Baldwin Hills, Walter Deissler confirms the hamburger chain’s intent but said he could not comment until after the meeting. Deissler is a former Visalian and former Visalia Planning Commissioner. Shopping center owner Donahue Schriber hopes to permit two other fast food pads at the meeting but has not named those tenants. Between the three operations they expect to employ about 100 people.

Tulare County new home permits up 15% in 2019

Tulare County is permitting 15% more new homes so far this year through October 24. So far this year Construction Monitor says the county has seen 1129 single family home permits taken out compared to 982 for the same date in 2018 and 924 through the same date in 2017.

Noble Ave Walmart expansion underway

After years of legal wrangling the proposed expansion of the Walmart in Visalia at 1819 E Noble Ave is finally underway now. The city issued a $5.6 million permit to add 54,471sf to the store mostly housing the new Walmart grocery business at the site. Look to shop at the grocery store by next Spring. A shadow group, likely a competitor, fought the expansion for years in court. The project was proposed about 10 years ago.

Visalia’s East Downtown expansion continues

Developer JR Shannon and others continue to open new retail/restaurant and brew-pub businesses east of Santa Fe, the old auto district of Visalia and later the antique row. Now its graduating to one of  the hottest locations in the city in the microbrewery district.

In the past few weeks the city has permitted 2 new  breweries ,what would be the second and third on-site beer makers here including Simple Brewing being proposed at 605 E Main just east of Stacked Burger. Also a second smaller brewery is opening on Acequia.

Next week the city site plan review process will hear plans for a new chicken eatery- Chicken Shack at 601 E Main.

Also at 605 E Main there is a plan filed to open a store offering  Music Albums and Korean Pop Music called K on Main. Nearby Sierra Bicycle Werks retail store is expected to relocate in this block and new sushi place will open.

Existing home sales up in Tulare County

Tulare County’s existing home sales in September stayed strong,  up 21% year-over-year with a median price of $250,000 – up from $240,000 a year ago.

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