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New downtown apartments give renters a slice of urban life with old-world charm

The Georgia apartments on Fulton Street, just north of downtown Fresno, are in the final stages of construction. The development, a live-work complex, is expected to open early next year.
The Georgia apartments on Fulton Street, just north of downtown Fresno, are in the final stages of construction. The development, a live-work complex, is expected to open early next year. Paul Halajian Architects

A new downtown apartment project that has transformed long vacant lots on Fulton Street, near Divisadero Avenue, into a charming cluster of homes is expected to open early next year.

Major construction is finished on The Georgia, a 23-unit project with three live-and-work apartments on East Voorman Avenue between Fulton Street and Van Ness Avenue. The properties, located on the edge of the Lowell neighborhood just north of downtown, are separated by a back alley.

The two-story buildings are designed in a contemporary arts and crafts style similar to other homes in the neighborhood, said Paul Halajian of Paul Halajian Architects. The Clovis firm designed the project for developer Synergy California Investments – a branch of the Assemi family of developers.

The apartments range in size from 650- to 800-square feet, Halajian said. The two buildings on Fulton Street were designed around a courtyard, a “place to socialize and meet your neighbors,” he said.

The developer wanted “to design something that would raise the bar on what’s being developed downtown,” Halajian said. “It has design features and finishes and materials that you don’t commonly find in this kind of residential development.”

For example, brick was used to decorate the bottom half of the buildings and covered porches emulate the other homes on the block. There’s a lot of exposed wood framing and there will be lush landscaping, Halajian said. Inside, the apartments have granite countertops, eight-foot-tall doors and high-end flooring.

Leasing information and rental prices have not been finalized.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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