An affordable housing project with art-deco flair on Fulton Street, south of the Tower District, is almost ready to open.
Now called 541 at South Tower, the rectangular 31-unit complex with curved ornamental elements and geometric designs, just north of Belmont Avenue, turned a couple blighted lots into vibrant new homes.
The development, formerly called Fultonia West, is a joint project between the Fresno Housing Authority and TFS Investments, led by developer Terance Frazier. Fresno architect Marvin Armstrong designed the two buildings.
“We embraced an art deco design and a character that fits the era of the neighborhood,” said Kiel Schmidt, who worked with Armstrong on the design. Schmidt was hired by the authority to market and brand the property.
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“It’s really prideful for me because I grew up around the corner so it’s cool to be working in the neighborhood I grew up in.”
Seven of the apartments are live and work units on the ground floor facing Fulton Street. Schmidt held a tour of the apartments on Tuesday.
No two units were designed the same, but they typically offer a small office space with front entry door connected to a one-bedroom apartment with living space and kitchen, Schmidt said. It could be a small small professional office for a designer or bookkeeper, an artist studio or a small retail shop, he said.
The design of the project – setting the buildings closer to the street – allowed the developers to preserve a 100-year oak tree in the back of the property where a small open space was built for residents.
The monthly rent starts around $563. For information, call (530) 886-0321.