A look at GVUrban’s next two downtown projects

Note: I am currently in Boston so my upload schedule may be light in the next week.

Anyone who follows development in downtown Fresno knows one brand: GVUrban. This subsidiary of Granville homes has been one of only two serious developers to go out and build new housing and renovate existing buildings downtown. The other development team are the ones who are proposing to fix Hotel Fresno, and have a couple of other successful renovations.

I’ve talked about all of GVurban’s projects that have or are set to debut this year, including Fulton Village, Van Ness Cottages, and Biz-werx. But these developers are far from done. While their website doesn’t mention it, they have two more projects lined up for 2012.

One of these projects, which I talked about in September has gotten media attention because the proposal includes demolishing two old homes.

The other project has only been mentioned in passing. Last month, a downtown farmer’s market had to change locations because their site was slated for development, but as far as I can tell, no one has talked about what the development is.

So here are the details on the two 2012 GVUrban projects.

Fulton and San Joaquin
This project recently broke ground and displaced a parking lot, home to a farmer’s market. The location is basically GVUrban central.

As you can see in this map, they’ve concentrated their focus on a small area


Red = New project
Green= Project they built from scratch (mostly housing plus some store fronts)
Yellow= Renovated building for housing (and some storefronts)
Blue= Biz-werx (commercial renovated building)

Lets take a closer look at the red plot


Home to a farmers market. Unfortunately, if Fulton Village is any indication, those trees will be removed and replaced by stuff that provides no shade.


What they’re going to build will be very similar in concept to the recently finished Fulton Village. While it will resemble Fulton Village more than the Iron Bird Lofts, there will be more live/work units, so the street will have more commercial uses. Like Fulton Village, instead of one long building, it will be set up as slightly detached two and three unit structures.

  • 3 stories
  • 2,939 sq. feet of ground floor commercial
  • 29 residential units, made up of:
  • 9 live/work units
  • 6 studio units
  • 12 townhouse units

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Here is the site plan, grey = asphalt, pink = pedestrian access, white=buildings



And this is what we’ll see from Fulton St, again, a lot like Fulton Village


No rendering exists yet, but expect it to look just like this


If you’re interested in the source of the schematics, you can browse the document they come from here (PDF).

San Joaquin and L aka “L Street Project”

This project, which has been in the news due to the required demolition of two old homes, will closely resemble the Van Ness Cottages, which are set to open next month.

  • 2 story town-homes
  • 28 units
  • No commercial



The project will resembles this

San Joaquin St at the bottom, L St along the side


Looking at the front elevations, it’s a little bit disappointing that Granville is starting to repeat designs downtown, in the same way developers love to repeat the same suburban home model over and over again.



Pretty much a carbon copy of the Van Ness Cottages.

Anyone interested in seeing the source of these diagrams can find them at this document. Warning: Large PDF.

And that’s all I have for now. I will continue to visit these projects as they are built. I look forward to even more construction downtown, but I do hope that beyond these two, GVUrban develops completely new designs. It would be a tragedy to see interesting new apartments morph into cookie cutter buildings.

4 Replies to “A look at GVUrban’s next two downtown projects”

  1. At this point, there is nothing to report. The first project is ready to go, but GV is waiting for Fulton Village to full up before moving forward with this new project. Hopefully this weekend's open house helped them get some units filled.

    If you bike by the project locations, you'll actually be able to give me a tip if there are construction units on locations before I find out, as I'm not in the area that often.

    The second project still needs to go through the approval/lawsuit hurdles.

  2. I just moved into the Fulton Village apartments. I see the Fulton 1612 units being built from my window. What is the news about the met building lots? The city sold it to GV urban on October 19th

    1. Yes, Ill be writing about the new Fulton project this week, I'm very unhappy about it.

      Don't expect the Van Ness project (met) to start construction for quite some time. They're going to focus on the Fulton project first (a close of Fulton Village) and also the delayed L street project (a clone of the van ness cottages).

      After that, I would expect the first thing theyd work on at the met would be rehabbing the old building they got in the purchase, which I believe is slated for commercial use. I dont think they would start on the rest until their other projects are well leased. They've stated many times that they won't move forward until their exciting projects are at an acceptable vacancy rate. Thats why the new fulton project is a year "late", as leasing for fulton village was slow.

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