Visalia wrapping up more growth for Christmas


City announces an uptick in residential, commercial, industrial construction as holiday shopping season begins

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN

VISALIA – Industry experts predict a happy holidays for retailers with an anticipated 4% increase over last year’s numbers. And in Visalia, the city should wrap up the next few years nicely as more retail space is on its way.

Earlier this month, the City of Visalia announced that “The Commons” regional retail project at Visalia Parkway and South Mooney Boulevard continues to work through the entitlement process. On Nov. 14, the city reported that the project has received a ‘Revise and Proceed’ through Site Plan Review.

The 30-acre development includes 15 acres of new commercial property across the street from the Target shopping center. The new center would be anchored by three major retailers of 20,000 to 30,000 square feet. Those would be surrounded by three smaller retail buildings, a space for an automotive service location as well as three drive-thru restaurants. There will be 727 parking spaces in the retail shopping center.

The project also calls for 11 acres of residential construction and approximately one acre of greenbelt/dog run space. This project is just the latest in a residential housing market that should provide a much larger inventory of new homes in the city. Residential development activity continues throughout Visalia, as three residential projects are occurring in different sections of the City and are moving forward through the entitlement process.

Southern Highlands is a 71 unit single family and 48 unit multi-family development that has been proposed for construction along Visalia Parkway, east of Demaree.

The Lowery West project is located at the northeast corner of Akers and Riggin and proposes 213 single family units.

Quail River is proposed at the southeast corner of Lovers Lane and Walnut Avenue. It calls for 323 new single-family units and 146 multi-family units.

For the month of October, there were 35 new single-family starts and 10 new multi-family starts. In addition, there were four new commercial building permits pulled with a combined valuation of $1.2 million.
There are more than 1,400 residential lots currently under construction in Visalia, most of them being single family homes. And there are already more than 1,300 homes that are slated for development in 2018. Since 2015, Visalia has had 3.2 million square feet of new single-family housing started, 287,423 square feet of new multifamily housing, and 1.1 million square feet of new commercial development started.

Out in the Industrial Park, the 402,000 square foot Diversified Development Group (DDG) warehouse project is nearing completion at American Street and Riggin Avenue. DDG’s build-out of American St. is nearly complete and final inspections are expected this week, according to the city. Tenants are lined up and City staff is working with the DDG team to ensure swift occupancy.

Developer John Brelsford submitted the plans in 2014 after DDG purchased the property from Bank of America following a bankruptcy. DDG had already built and filled more than 1.5 million square feet of industrial commercial space in Visalia at the time the plans were submitted.

Located in Fresno, Diversified Development Group is a real estate development corporation that was formed in 1979 to develop industrial and commercial properties in Central California. Over the past 30 years DDG has developed in excess of 8 million square feet of projects throughout Central California. Those projects have included industrial warehouses, shopping centers, office buildings, apartments and office/warehouse projects. DDG currently owns and operates in excess of 7.3 million square feet, consisting of approximately 7 million square feet of industrial buildings, 177,939 square feet of retail buildings, and a 190,000 square foot office complex.

The 400,000 square foot project will be the largest space built in the park since VWR was permitted for 500,000 square feet in 2011. The company opened its distribution center in 2012 and hired around 100 employees. Since 2010, more than 1.2 million square feet of industrial space has been permitted in Visalia.

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