New York City native Rob Boese could have stayed in his West Shaw Avenue office leasing and managing commercial real estate spaces up and down the busy office and retail corridor.
But Boese, who grew up helping his mother manage family-owned properties, wants to do something a little more bold – in downtown Fresno.
Boese Commercial, which celebrates three years of business this fall, is moving into nearly 3,400-square-feet of space on the ground floor of the historic Hotel Virginia on Kern Street. The leasing, management and sales company is expected to open its doors on Monday.
“We did good business leasing office (space) on Shaw Avenue, but being a New Yorker and from an urban environment, I wanted to be challenged,” Boese said. “Downtown is a challenge, but in a good way…this is where we can work on interesting projects.”
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He found a connection with Fresno developer William Dyck, of Summa Development Group, who bought the three-story Hotel Virginia building in March, made some repairs and filled the building in months. The third floor has law offices. The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board recently moved into the second floor. Tree of Life restaurant is sandwiched between Boese and Char.Burger (yet to open), from the Visalia-based owner of Char restaurant, on the first floor.
“I’m really excited to have Boese Commercial come downtown,” Dyck said. “While there’s a number of other brokers that operate in the area, they’re not residents in the area as far as offices go. It’s exciting (for Boese) to make that commitment. It’s exciting to have them downtown and working the area.”
Boese has seven employees and will add at least two more positions in leasing or sales as the business grows. He also plans to start a technology arm of his company to create a database with information about local commercial properties.
In residential real estate, all the information about a house is available for the public online. People can research home values, square footage and other details about the property, Boese said, but “commercial real estate is a mystery.”
2137 Kern St., Fresno, 93721