New live-work housing opens south of Fresno's Tower District
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.
“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.