The Fresno Housing Authority held a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the start of a revitalization project that will renovate an existing apartment complex and build a new one in the Lowell neighborhood, just north of downtown Fresno.
The public housing agency will renovate two apartment buildings at 250 Calaveras St. into 22 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project will also include new landscaping, a new courtyard, and a new community building for tenants.
Nearby on a vacant Glenn Avenue lot, east of Calaveras, the housing authority will build two craftsman-style buildings with a total of eight three-bedroom apartments. Both projects will be for mixed-income families.
The locations were selected with help from the Lowell Community Development Corporation, a community engagement organization, working to make the neighborhood a safer place to live.
The Calaveras site had a bad history with drug activity, numerous calls for police service and code enforcement, said Tracewell Hanrahan, the authority’s deputy executive director. Now, the sites will be transformed into high quality and safe apartments for families to raise children, she said.
“We’re committed to revitalizing our neighborhoods and committed to our vision and mission, which is about sustaining and creating vibrant communities across all Fresno County,” Hanrahan said.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Councilmember Oliver Baines, members of the Lowell corporation and other community partners joined the authority for the celebration.
Construction is expected to finish by spring 2017.