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GV Urban building one-bedroom apartments in Fresno’s Mural District

GV Urban is building a two-story Craftsman-style building with four one-bedroom apartments next to Crichton Place in downtown Fresno’s Mural District.
GV Urban is building a two-story Craftsman-style building with four one-bedroom apartments next to Crichton Place in downtown Fresno’s Mural District. blee@fresnobee.com

As GV Urban finishes up the second phase of The Lede in downtown Fresno’s Mural District, you’ve got to be wondering what the builder is up to next.

The company, a division of Granville Homes, has built mixed-use apartment buildings on most of the high-profile land between H and L streets and Toulumne and Divisadero streets – Fulton Village, 1612 Fulton, Brio on Broadway, Biz-Werx. There are a few projects just outside the area too.

Now what?

The builder quietly broke ground in June on a small bungalow project at 1752 L St., next to its Crichton Place development, south of Divisadero. Work has also started on a vacant lot across the street, sandwiched between the historic Helm Home and the Long/Black Home.

The first project will be a two-story Craftsman-style building with four one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments a little more than 600 square feet in size each. The new building replaces the William Collins Home which burned down Aug. 29, 2015. The apartment house was vacant for some time, but there was evidence of squatters living inside, according to a story written by Bee reporter Rory Appleton. The fire began in the basement of the house.

The building will be an extension of the Crichton development. It is expected to be finished by the end of this year

GV Urban will build a similar, but slightly larger, project across the street. Sixteen one-bedroom, one-bathroom units are planned. Construction is scheduled to be completed early next year.

The projects are designed to complement the neighborhood steeped in history with century-old homes turned offices. Eight houses on L Street – four directly across from Crichton Place – and the Scottish Rite Temple are listed on the Local Register of Historic Resources.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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