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The Tioga set to reawaken Main Street


Downtown Merced is about to be energized with new life as construction on The Tioga apartment building nears completion.

Move-in dates are set for April.

The Tioga, with its historic and majestic entrance at 1715 N Street, was built in 1928 as the “Hotel Tioga.” Today, it’s in the final stages of a $15 million renovation project that is set to entice working professionals to rent modern living spaces and “discover the historic charm in Merced’s newest community.”

As an added bonus, the second home of the Tioga-Sequoia Brewery of Fresno will be moving into the bottom floor, taking some of the retail space The Tioga is looking to fill. A cafe and fitness center will also be added.

The restored lobby of the hotel will welcome residents and visitors with high ceilings and beautiful architecture. An enormous sky window rests at the center of the ceiling, allowing natural sunlight and an immense glow in and onto the lobby floor.

Apartments will be rented out as a studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom spaces. Each apartment is housed with a washer and dryer, stone countertops, contemporary finishes, and views of downtown, including the old Merced Courthouse, the Merced Theatre and other neighboring buildings. Amenities such as 24-hour emergency maintenance and access to house-keeping, food service and the fitness center will also be available to renters.

Small dogs and cats will be allowed to live in the Tioga apartments. Permanent parking spots will be assigned to residents for a $50 fee. Rent starts at $985 and increases with the size and location of the apartment.

Alexis Bondch, manager of The Tioga, says the new apartment center will revamp and only add to the culture that has been growing along Main Street in recent years. The Merced Multicultural Arts Center is only one block over, and surrounding blocks are full of promising restaurants, bars, retail, and entertainment.

The Mainzer, a theater built in the 1920s, sits right across from the Tioga and is also undergoing renovations with a projected finish date of this year. The Mainzer promises to excite Main Street life with new dining, live shows, and entertainment.

A block down, the El Capitan Hotel is still being constructed. Once open and thriving, the three buildings are set to offer the perfect Main Street trifecta to grow downtown.

Of course, Main Street has always been the Tioga’s home. A new sign was installed on top of the historic building last December, marking its new presence and announcing its permanent stay. The sign which glows against a dark sky can be seen from Highway 99 as palm trees cradle the beloved sign from below, at its entrance on N St.

“It was once a very grand hotel,” Bondch reflected about the building’s history.

Back in the day, the old hotel hosted celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, John Kennedy, Mary Pickford and Eleanor Roosevelt. During World War II, the U.S. Air Force occupied business and office spaces inside its doors.

However, it’s a new day in Merced, and The Tioga is just about ready to bask in the morning sunshine.

For more information on The Tioga hotel, or to apply, you can visit their website at or call 833-736-8473.

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