The Fresno Housing Authority’s CityView @ Van Ness development in downtown Fresno and the Sacramento-based architect that designed it have been honored with a national award.
Mogavero Architects, a full-service architecture and urban planning firm formerly known as Mogavero Notestine Associates, designed the 45-unit, $11 million apartment complex at Van Ness Avenue and Inyo Street. The firm was founded in 1991.
“We’re proud to play a part in the changes taking place in downtown Fresno and helping meet the need for housing,” said Craig Stradley, principal at Mogavero. “The project created some interesting challenges, and we took great effort to preserve the past while moving ahead for the future.”
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The decades-old Droge Building, held up by iron props, was torn down to make way for the four-story CityView building with commercial space on the first floor, a community room, management offices, a terrace and studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The complex opened in January 2015.
“Mogavero Architects developed a forward-looking but extremely functional design for the development,” said Preston Prince, the housing authority’s executive director and chief executive officer. “The firm created an attractive community that has revitalized downtown Fresno by creating and renovating quality, affordable housing.”
The development and the architectural firm were previously honored with an Award of Merit in the Best Affordable Housing Community with 60 units or more category for the Gold Nugget Awards sponsored by Building Magazine.
“Our goal was to design housing that feels like home for residents and meets the needs of the neighborhood while serving as an example of what can be done – and is needed – in downtown Fresno,” Stradley said. “We’re proud of the awards and our team that worked on the project.”
CityView @ Van Ness
802 Van Ness Ave, Fresno