The Heller family hears opportunity knocking at the Visalia Industrial Park. Adam Heller along with is father owned Heller Performance Polymers at 7227 Doe until it was sold in an employee buyout a few years ago. The Hellers retained 53 acres here. After selling off 13 acres with a building to their neighbors to the east – Hydrite Chemical – they still have 40 acres.
As of a few days ago that land is now vacant having demolished the old 65,000sf plastics plant that sat on it ( see picture).
The open land is divided by a rail spur and Adam Heller says “we like the fact we can build two large rail-served warehouses on the property here in the Central Valley where there has been very little built during the past few years.”
Visalia broker Doug Burr say the Visalia Industrial park has only one 50,000sf warehouse available for lease right now.The plan now is to construct two new 400,000 sf warehouses to be built-to-suit for a tenant.
Need For More Rail Service
“We expect it to fill quickly” adds Burr, noting demand is high and supply virtually nonexistent – particularly for rail served property.
“There is none I know of in the Central Valley.” A number of industries, notably food, seek to have both the ability to ship and receive by truck but by rail.
Visalia officials have recognized the need for additional rail service to the industrial area and are working with TCAG on a plan to add more rail connections.
This week the city of Visalia are processing Heller’s plan for the two warehouses.
“We hope to have the building up within a year” says Adam Heller. At 800,000 square feet the buildings would be the largest constructed in the industrial park in a number for of years.
Fresno’s Diversified Development is working with the city to build 400,00sf of ‘spec’ space on American and Riggin.
The industrial park is big job generator employing about 5000 according to city mayor Steve Nelsen.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Visalia EDC this week vice mayor Warren Gubler said “the discussions with TCAG regarding the potential for expanding rail service to our zoned industrial land would not have been occurring without the efforts of the VEDC.”