I would suggest finding a commercial Realtor in that area and talking to him/her. A good commercial Realtor is typically familiar with a lot of issues for a new business and besides helping you with finding and securing a nice place, be able to refer you to others for questions he/she cannot answer. Good Luck !!... more
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.