A stroll downtown

About two dozen real estate professionals, business representatives and downtown boosters took part in a brief walking tour of available commercial properties in downtown Stockton this morning, a free jaunt sponsored by the Downtown Stockton Alliance.

This blog, needing a Friday morning change of pace, decided to tag along for a bit. Though I couldn’t stay the whole morning, it was neat to finally get inside some of the buildings I walk by most days.

The group met up at Vision Plaza, at 235 N. San Joaquin St.. Waiting for them were promotional packets on all things Stockton. And a snazzy drinking straw.

said straw.

said straw.

First stop was upstairs to the second floor, 3,500-square feet of vacant space. Part-owner Robert Davis said the building was constructed in the 1920s or 30s and used to house a Packard auto store.

Record photo by Calixtro Romias

Record photo by Calixtro Romias

Davis said the space could be great for offices with private parking. Any questions? he asked the crowd. There were none immediately.

“You could have a big party up here,” Davis added.

Next stop was the Belding Building up the block. Real estate rep Peggy Massey said the building had undergone $2.5 million in restorations.

Record photo by Calixtro Romias.

Record photo by Calixtro Romias.

Bill Maxwell, Bank of Stockton’s archivist, joined the tour, but he wasn’t looking for space. “I’m just interested in the history of the buildings,” he said.

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