December is the month to be jubilant, but on Tuesday the Rev. Rueben Scott had even more reason to be happy.
Construction of Fresno Edison Apartments, a project about five years in the making, is finally starting. It will be built just yards away from Scott’s church, Providence Community Baptist Church, which has been on Walnut Avenue, near Edison High School, for 54 years.
The 128-unit complex will have affordable apartments and at least 10 in the first phase will be market rate units – the first mixed-income development for the Fresno Housing Authority, the developer.
“This is a day I am rejoicing,” Scott said at the groundbreaking. Scott, who sits on the authority’s board of commissioners for the city, thanked the authority and executive director Preston Prince for “making this day a reality.”
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The project is a partnership between several agencies including HAW-Fifty Six, a limited liability corporation formed by three Edison High graduates in 2003 to plan new housing and commercial development, the Penstar Group, PNC Real Estate, Johnston Contracting and the city’s Redevelopment Agency (now called the Successor Agency).
“The housing authority is excited to be part of reinvestment in this community,” Prince said.
The Mediterranean-style complex will have apartments that range in size from one- to four-bedrooms. There will be a community room, a garden, play structures, landscaped courtyards and a swimming pool.
Construction of the first 64 apartments is expected to be completed by the end of next year. The remaining units will be built in phase two.
Fresno Housing Authority