Apple Valley Farm’s manufacturing and business expansion have been severely constrained by blight in the surrounding area, traffic congestion and unsafe conditions resulting from a lack of public improvements in the Hedges commercial corridor between Abby and Effie Streets. The planned expansion of AVF will required the support of public infrastructure facilities including road and off-site improvements and related infrastructure, designed to reduce blight and enhance safety and access.
On January 27, 2011, the Agency purchased 1270 N Abby at the convergence of Blackstone, Abby and Hedges and demolished the blighted building in May, making way for critical intersection improvements and potential expansion of AFV. Design for the intersection improvements was also completed in FY 10/11.
The resulting public improvements and blight removal will allow AVF to remain at this location in the City of Fresno that currently represents 100 jobs; and, to expand its operations and add approximately 50 jobs within the next three years. The Agency purchased a strategic property located at the corner of Blackstone and Hedges Avenues which will allow for major traffic improvements in the corridor and additional expansion space for AVF.
On March 3, 2011, the Agency entered into an MOU in which AVF agrees to remain and expand all manufacturing operations at 1823 Hedges that is estimated to create 150 jobs over three years and the Agency will, in turn, reimburse AVF for public street improvements up to $385,000. Further, the Agency and AVF will make best efforts toward strategic acquisitions to remove blight and facilitate continuing commercial expansion.