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Clovis urban design festival kicks off with groundbreaking at Centennial Plaza

Rendering of one of the buildings to be built at Centennial Plaza in Old Town Clovis.
Rendering of one of the buildings to be built at Centennial Plaza in Old Town Clovis. City of Clovis

The city of Clovis is kicking off a weekend-long urban design festival in Old Town with a groundbreaking Saturday for the much anticipated Peterson and Realty Concepts buildings.

The two three-story mixed-use buildings in Old Town’s “SoFi” district – south of Fifth Street – will create a new dining and entertainment district, with offices, in the city’s growing urban center. The buildings will flank the city’s Centennial Plaza built in 2014 along Pollasky Avenue on a dirt lot that was formerly home to the Department of Motor Vehicles and Clovis City Hall.

Centennial Plaza Development Group, made up of the Shamshoian family, owner of Realty Concepts in Fresno, and Bill Cummings and James Reedy, owners of Legacy Construction in Fresno, will build on the northern end of the site at Pollasky and Bullard avenues.

Roger Peterson of the Peterson family and Roger Peterson Investments in Clovis will develop the southern lot.

The groundbreaking is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival, called Taking it To the Streets, begins 9 a.m. Saturday and continues to 2 p.m. Sunday. It celebrates the community’s efforts in planning, preserving and enhancing the Old Town area.

The city is working with the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association to host the event which will feature temporary urban settings or street displays like a seating area or art known as “humatats.” The projects will be displayed on 20 reserved parking areas in Old Town.

The festival will also include free activities, musical entertainment, food trucks and an architects relay and race.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

Taking it To the Streets

9 a.m. May 14 to 2 p.m. May 15

Peterson and Realty Concepts buildings groundbreaking at 12:30 p.m. May 14

Old Town Clovis

www.cityofclovis.com

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