Through the years, Downtown Merced has become the center of entertainment and dining for people throughout the region. Downtown is Merced’s most diverse social and economic center and will continue to play a dominant role in cultural, civic, finance and government activity. Downtown will become a stronger center for business, education, housing and local and regional retail. The Downtown Strategy has emphasized downtown as a place for specialty retailing, entertainment, and dining. Merced’s downtown serves a regional market of over 200,000. Located in the heart of the City, it stands at the crossroads of three state highways and is the home to several year-round events.
As the vibrant cultural and historic center for residents and visitors, Downtown is the destination for fine dining, shopping, nightlife and the arts, creating a welcoming place to live, work and visit. Merced’s multicultural diversity is most apparent downtown and provides a variety of interests and experiences. Downtown Merced’s historic character and unique blend of old and new architecture creates a friendly, welcoming place to live, work, shop, dine, visit and celebrate.
The Redevelopment Agency has spearheaded the revitalization of the City Center. Entertainment venues, restaurants, housing and public improvements give Downtown an ambiance unique to the Merced area. Please see the photos below for a view of downtown Merced.
The Redevelopment Agency plays an active role in introducing and supporting public art into the Downtown area. Many Downtown businesses have partnered with the Agency to provide high quality pieces of work that are placed on the sides of buildings and along public frontages.
The City of Merced administers the Downtown Parking District Fund. This fund is supported by businesses and property owners that pay into a fund that is used for lot maintenance, new lighting projects and repaving. Downtown Merced has over a combined 1,000 on-street and off-street parking stalls that are free for public use. Access to downtown shops, restaurants, civic intuitions and banks is a breeze in downtown Merced.
East Main Parking Lot Repair, 2009