redevelopment http://kvpr.org en Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag http://kvpr.org/post/failed-downtown-fresno-housing-project-leaves-city-holding-bag <p>When it was first announced nearly seven years ago, the&nbsp;Bastian Court apartment complex was supposed to be an important part of a revitalized downtown Fresno. The city council liked the vision so much that they approved spending over $3 million in low-income housing funds on the project.</p><p>But now the land hat was once slated for a five story mixed-use building near the former Fresno Met Museum sits vacant, and could soon have a new owner - the City of Fresno.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:24:52 +0000 Joe Moore 30919 at http://kvpr.org Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park http://kvpr.org/post/city-fresno-envisions-new-downtown-developments-near-chukchansi-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Fresno's </span>Chukchansi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park could get some new mixed-use neighbors and a makeover, if a new development plan advanced by city officials moves forward.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 30836 at http://kvpr.org City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park Steinberg Backs Preschool, Redevelopment Rebirth, Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-backs-preschool-redevelopment-rebirth-water-bond <p>California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was our guest on this week's Valley Edition. The Sacramento Democrat told KVPR's Joe Moore that he supports the governor's call for fiscal restraint, but is pushing for expansion of certain programs, including a proposal for universal preschool for the state's 4-year-olds. Steinberg also called on his colleagues to resurrect a variant of the state's now-shuttered redevelopment system, and continued to advocate for the state's water bond.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 01:37:22 +0000 Joe Moore 27167 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Backs Preschool, Redevelopment Rebirth, Water Bond Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building http://kvpr.org/post/developer-plans-apartments-retail-downtown-fresno-s-former-jc-penney-building <p></p><p>A diamond in the rough. That’s what Los Angeles developer Shay Maghame sees in the 90-year old former J.C. Penney building on downtown Fresno’s Fulton Mall.</p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined Maghame at a press conference today, announcing plans for apartments and retail in the long vacant building, which overlooks Chukchansi Park.</p><p>“We stand ready to make sure this is a good business experience for you,” Swearengin says. “We know we are on the right track and your investment proves it.”</p><p>Maghame calls the building “The Diamanti.”</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:58:47 +0000 Ezra David Romero 20094 at http://kvpr.org Developer Plans Apartments, Retail in Downtown Fresno’s Former J.C. Penney Building California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies http://kvpr.org/post/california-takes-second-look-redevelopment-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would grant local California communities the right to form agencies to redevelop blighted areas has passed an Assembly Committee. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p class="p3">The California Supreme Court dissolved redevelopment agencies last year. But a bill at the Capitol would create new local entities that would fund affordable housing and infill development projects.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:13:26 +0000 Max Pringle 20055 at http://kvpr.org California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies On Valley Edition: Postal Service Cutbacks; Redevelopment's Demise; Hospice Care http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-postal-service-cutbacks-redevelopments-demise-hospice-care <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the plans to dramatically remake the US Postal service by cutting post offices, mail sorting facilities, and even weekend delivery. We&#39;ll also talk about the eminent demise of the state&#39;s redevelopment agencies, and the importance of hospice care in the Valley.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:11:46 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1154 at http://kvpr.org Closure of redevelopment agencies hits Valley cities http://kvpr.org/post/closure-redevelopment-agencies-hits-valley-cities At the start of 2012 California had over 5,000 local governments, from counties and cities to school and fire districts. But this February, over 400 of those governments are slated to disappear, almost overnight, as the state officially closes the book on local redevelopment agencies.</p> It’s the latest move in the effort by Sacramento lawmakers to find a new way to balance the state’s budget, and shift $1.7 billion from community redevelopment agencies (or RDAs as they’re often known) to the state’s general fund.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:16:41 +0000 Joe Moore 702 at http://kvpr.org Closure of redevelopment agencies hits Valley cities On Quality of Life; Toxic Cities; Redevelopment http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-toxic-cities-redevelopment <p><strong>Segment 1:</strong> Last month, Forbes magazine released its ranking of the nation&rsquo;s ten &quot;most toxic&quot; cities, and Bakersfield and Fresno were ranked #2 and #3. While concerns about the Valley&#39;s air and water quality are nothing new, this report brings new national attention to the efforts to deal with these problems. In this segment, we examine the efforts to clean up the air with Sayed Sadredin, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:55:05 +0000 Joe Moore 1230 at http://kvpr.org