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10.07.2010 | Triple “A” Burger Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of Triple “A” Burger was held on October 7, 2010, in the heart of West Fresno.

The widely-known, West Fresno Restaurant has been feeding customers for over 30 years in its current location. The restaurant has been family-owned and operated by Chau Trang and Sylvia S. Kor for the last 17 years. The original restaurant was only 750 square feet, but the newly renovated restaurant is now 1,500 square feet and adds an additional 3,500 square feet of retail space, which has been fully leased.

The Redevelopment Agency assisted the renovation with public improvements to the surrounding area that brought the deteriorated and ADA non-compliant curbs, gutters, and sidewalks up to standard.

09.29.2010 | Kress Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was conducted on September 29, 2010 for the Kress Building located on the Downtown Fresno Fulton Mall.

The Kress Building was originally built in the 1920's. 50 years ago, a sheet metal facade was added to the front of the building hiding its original beauty.

In March 2010, the current building owner, Mr. Bob Gurfield began making renovations to the building and discovered the long forgotten, historic brick facade. 

The Redevelopment Agency assisted Mr. Gurfield with exterior facade improvements through its Storefront Improvement Program.

The first floor commercial/retail space is now occupied by Blue Bird, a women's clothing store. The building has a total of three floors above ground and a basement.

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07.16.2010 | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Reverend Edward L. Swillis Neighborhood Youth Center

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was conducted in West Fresno on July 14, 2010 for the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission’s (FCEOC), Local Conservation Corps’ (LCC) Swillis Neighborhood Youth Center. The new 56,380 square feet Swillis Neighborhood Youth Center is located at 1305 E. California Avenue and is comprised of a Recreation Complex, and Administration Complex and Vocational Training Facility, that will provide the following services for the community:

•Charter School – the EOC School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL)
•Academic Satellite Center for Fresno City College
•Professionally supervised mental health services by masters level student interns enrolled at California State University, Fresno
•Computer Lab – computer instruction and online academic coursework
•Career Center – research and counseling
•Vocational Training – a fully equipped workshop
•Crew-Based Jobs – Construction, building and grounds maintenance trades, recycling training
•Community Service – Emphasis on investment in the community (guest speakers, field trips)
•Life Skills Workshops – parenting, anger management, substance abuse treatment and prevention, financial management, career development, etc.
•Physical fitness programs
•Peer Counseling
•Job Development and Placement
•Adolescent Family Life Program
•Health Screening Services (EOC’s Health Services Division)
•Recreational Activities – indoor/outdoor sports – leagues for basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, golf

The Agency assembled the 6.61 acre site and assisted with off-site improvements for the project, which was conveyed to the FCEOC as part of a Disposition and Development Agreement.

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03.30.2010 | Summer Hill Place Apartments Groundbreaking Ceremony

A Groundbreaking Ceremony for Summer Hill Place Apartments took place on on March 30, 2010, in southwest Fresno.

AMCAL Multi-Housing is constructing a 50-unit apartment complex targeting large families, which is 100% affordable. The complex will feature 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with on-site amenities such as a children's play area, courtyards, and a community clubhouse open to all residents.

The $8.7 million project received 9% low-income housing tax credits, as well as financing from other funding sources, including a $2 million loan from the Redevelopment Agency.

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02.24.2010 | Grand Opening Ceremony for the West Fresno Regional Center

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the West Fresno Regional Center at Edison Plaza was conducted on February 24, 2010. Over 300 people were in attendance for the ceremonies, including dignitaries from the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, Edison Plaza Partners, LP, and various community members.

The Edison Plaza Partners, LP, completed the development of a mixed-use project located at the southwest corner of California Avenue and Walnut Street in southwest Fresno. The County of Fresno will operate a 37,617 square foot regional services center that which will include the departments of Social Services, Public Health, Behavioral Health and the first West Fresno branch of the Fresno County Public Library.

The Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno Agency assisted with the project by assembling all parcels for the 6.5 acre site, and funded offsite public improvements along California, Plumas and Lorena. The offsite improvements include curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, utility relocation/replacement and traffic signals. The offsite improvements will further the planned widening of California Avenue and the realignment of Walnut Avenue.

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