Mayor Swearengin Praises Facilities in Downtown Fresno for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said an unprecedented expansion of facilities for small businesses and entrepreneurs in downtown Fresno indicates that life continues to come back to the city’s urban core.

“These projects are a clear indication that people want a presence in downtown, whether it’s their first office or an expansion office,” Mayor Swearengin said after touring the former Mexican Consulate building in downtown Fresno. “These facilities will be the birthplace of dozens and dozens of entrepreneurial ventures that mean a lot not just to Downtown Fresno, but to the economy of Fresno overall.”

Mayor Swearengin said three separate projects will provide a low-cost, extremely flexible solution to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Those projects are:

  • The former Mexican Consulate building, located at 2409 Merced Ave., will be remodeled into a cutting-edge VentureBay office building with smart technologies, common conference rooms and efficient layouts for small businesses with 5-10 employees.
  • Remodeling has begun on OfficeBay Downtown II at 1025 Fulton Mall.  The upstairs will serve as modern loft offices and common areas for co-working and virtual office memberships.  The location on the Fulton Mall will provide a perfect location for attorneys, independent contractors and others looking to be at the center of activity and culture in Downtown Fresno.
  • The historic Pullman Shed section of the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot will be transformed into CargoBay Business Storage Units.

The projects are in addition to OfficeBay Downtown, located in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, near the corner of Tulare and H streets. After opening just six months ago and despite challenging economic times in the San Joaquin Valley, OfficeBay Downtown is 100 percent full.

“When we first announced OfficeBay Downtown there were a lot of naysayers; it was perceived as risky,” said Case Lawrence, CEO of OfficeBay. “There was an entrenched belief that commercial projects in downtown Fresno that were not tied to the government sector simply could not succeed. We have disproved that myth.”

More information on the “Bay” locations is available at

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