Visitacion Valley, tucked away in the southeastern section of San Francisco, features retail corridors along Leland Ave and Bayshore Boulevard. It is home to recent immigrants and long-time San Francisco families alike. The neighborhood features a homeownership rate that is much higher than the citywide average. Local landmarks include Eichler homes, a Julia Morgan designed church, the Visitacion Valley Greenway, and the Cow Palace. With easy access to the 101 Freeway, T-Third Light Rail Line and Caltrain’s Bayshore Station, residents and visitors have many choices for traveling within San Francisco and throughout the region.
Visitacion Valley has several challenges affecting the health of the commercial district; it has a high vacancy rate (23%) and low foot traffic. Sales tax captured has declined by 22% since 2006, compared with a citywide growth of 17%. While the area has undergone physical improvements to the public realm, those improvements alone have not succeeded in attracting more shoppers to the district. A study of existing sales tax compared with local demand indicates that local residents patronize businesses outside of the area. Businesses along the corridor include retail, food services, professional services and social services agencies. Opportunities for growth exist in expanding marketing strategies for existing businesses and in attracting new businesses to fill vacant retail spaces.
The expected redevelopment of the large vacant property located on Bayshore Boulevard (formerly occupied by a Schlage Lock factory) is anticipated to bring new residents and amenities to the area.