Development Watch http://kvpr.org en Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot http://kvpr.org/post/downtown-fresnos-cosmopolitan-restaurant-headed-selland-parking-lot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Fresno's oldest restaurants could soon have a new home, in what is now a parking lot at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.</span></p><p>On Thursday the Fresno City Council is set to vote on a proposal to sell a portion of the city-owned lot at the corner of Ventura and O streets to Gary Lanfranco, owner of the Cosmopolitan Bar &amp; Grill.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:06:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31878 at http://kvpr.org Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot 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 Olivier Pushes Law to Waive Fees for Infill Development in Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/olivier-pushes-law-waive-fees-infill-development-fresno <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jump-starting infill development is the focus of a new city ordinance being advanced today by Fresno City Councilmember Clint Olivier. </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">His draft ordinance, called the&nbsp;</span>Best Utilization of Infill Land Development Act, or BUILD, would eliminate some development fees for new residential&nbsp; construction on small vacant lots within the city.</p><p class="p1">It would waive fees that go to pay for police, fire, traffic and parks services. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 01:07:20 +0000 Joe Moore 17127 at http://kvpr.org Olivier Pushes Law to Waive Fees for Infill Development in Fresno Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-get-high-end-high-rise-downtown-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED: 5/17/13 (see below)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could Fresno </span>foodies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> soon be enjoying a gourmet meal at the top of the tallest privately-owned building in Central California?</span></p><p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin suggested as much &nbsp;with this interesting nugget of information during her State of the City address today:</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 02:44:29 +0000 Joe Moore 15278 at http://kvpr.org Fresno To Get High-End, High-Rise Downtown Restaurant? Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-allow-developers-select-their-own-environmental-consultants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Developers in Fresno County will soon be able to hire firms of their own choosing to study the environmental impacts of proposed projects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Board of Supervisors approved the new policy Tuesday on a 5-0 vote, saying that it will speed up the development process, and help to create jobs.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:15:12 +0000 Joe Moore 11373 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants 10-Story Office Tower Gets Initial OK For Fresno's River Park http://kvpr.org/post/10-story-office-tower-gets-initial-ok-fresnos-river-park <p>Drivers along Highway 41 may soon see a major new addition to the Fresno skyline, as the city's planning commission last night approved plans for a 10-story tower at Friant Road and Highway 41.&nbsp;</p><p>The 234,000 square foot office tower from Fresno developer DeWayne Zinkin&nbsp;is expected to cover 12 acres, and will rise to a height of 150 feet. It is planned for a site just to the east of Highway 41, and north of Friant Road.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:28:44 +0000 Joe Moore 10492 at http://kvpr.org 10-Story Office Tower Gets Initial OK For Fresno's River Park