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Fresno COGS asking for feedback on 2020 Fresno County Regional Trails Plan

The Fresno Council of Governments and Fresno County are developing the 2020 Fresno County Regional Trails Plan, which will create recommendations for the ongoing development of new trail connections that create a safe, comfortable, and connected network for walking/hiking, off-road biking and horseback riding.

Note: Don’t confuse this with the Trail Network Expansion Feasibility Plan, which is a CITY of Fresno plan. This new plan is for the entire county and will focus on unpaved recreational trails and paved shared-use paths in Fresno County, including county areas within Fresno.

There’s two ways for you to comment, a survey and a map. They both can be found on this page. You do the simple survey first, and then get shown a map of existing trails. You can then click on segments and make comments. For example, you can tell them that the Van Ness trail is not very useful. Once you’re done commenting on existing trails, you can draw your own preferred future trails. Click to read more!

Construction well underway at GV Urban’s Crichton Place townhouses

I swung around downtown a couple of weeks ago to take pictures of a variety of different projects. Today I’ll be posting an update of the Crichton Place townhouses which are being built at L St and San Joaquin.

These technically broke ground 2 years ago, but were held up in a lawsuit. Granville knocked over a couple of 100 year old homes, and the lawsuit claims they didn’t go through the proper process to do so. Now that the lawsuit wrapped up, construction is underway.

The project is two blocks from Fulton, where most of the other GV projects sit. The buildings are pretty much a carbon copy of the units put up at Van Ness near the 180.

Each unit will be 1,400sqft, have 3 bedrooms, and 2 parking stalls.

Let’s start looking.

From across the street

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Looking down San Joaquin

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At the corner

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Some nice, large homes here

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I really hope this project includes replacing that street light…

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Across the street

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 Notice the sign?

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This building is directly across the street, and naturally I was curious. I assume that when built, this was a single-family home, but today it has 7 apartments.

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View from the front steps

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I went inside, and was shown the two basement units, which are undergoing heavy refurbishment. They are being rented for $600 or so a month, which will be less than half the asking price for the units being built across the street. 

The owners were putting a great deal of work into the units, and seemed to be very friendly. If you’re looking for a cheap unit downtown….I’d drop by.

The construction of the townhomes across the street should make these apartments much more attractive, as the street won’t feel as desolate.

Further up the street…

I am unsure if that home is being refurbished.

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Across the street…

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Google maps indicate a building stood there as late as 2009, before being demolished. The next door building is vacant, but very attractive.

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Like all GV project, the sidewalk will be narrow. It’s a shame that no attempt was made to match the landscape style across the street.

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The super ugly street light

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Returning to the intersection of L and San Joaquin

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One hopes the old curb cuts are on their way out.

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 Rather than use the existing alley, residents will access their garages via a private gated entrance

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Directly across the street, the technology hub Bitwise

Today, the 8,000-square-foot building at L and San Joaquin streets is
jam-packed with 24 small companies on its first floor — and 26 more on a
waiting list.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/12/3711004/wise-move-fresno-tech-hub-powers.html#storylink=cpy

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And next to that is “The Rehab Centre”

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Looking back from San Joaquin, some interesting architecture

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And another abandoned building

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This intersection needs pedestrian improvements

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Hope you enjoyed the update.

Fulton Mall Alternate Analysis Reports Available for Public Comment

The city has used the Thanksgiving weekend to put up the massive “Alternate Analysis Report” for the Fulton Mall on their website. The choices of course, are to keep the mall, or to destroy it.

The public comment period runs until January 13.

It’s 382 pages of fun, so I haven’t made my way through it yet, but the folks at “Save the Fulton Mall” have pointed out something quite bothersome:

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That doesn’t make sense. The plan is to bulldoze a park and turn it into a standard road. That doesn’t have any aesthetic impacts? Turning a pedestrian mall into a street doesn’t have land use/planning impacts? It doesn’t affect recreation, transportation or traffic? Huh? The plan involves bulldozing playgrounds to add parking spaces, that by definition is an impact on recreation and transportation…

And I’d think cutting down dozens of mature trees downtown and adding asphalt would have some impact on air quality. Is it significant? I don’t know, isn’t the point of the EIR to tell us?

On the plus side, these ridiculous omissions might bite the city in the ass if they’re taken to court.

I’ll plow my way through the report over the next few weeks, and I hope the rest of you do the same.