Campus Pointe Project Moving Forward

July 14, 2008 7:15:09 PM PDT
The bulldozers are buzzing around Fresno state again. They're moving dirt for a 45-acre housing and retail development project. The development - called Campus Pointe - is going forward ? but slowly. There has been no ribbon cutting. There hasn't been any fanfare. All you can hear is the sound of tractors moving dirt at the intersection of Highway 168 and Shaw Avenue.

Fresno State owns the dirt under the Campus Pointe project, but has leased it to Lance-Kashian and company. By this time next summer 144 apartments will be available for Fresno State's workforce.

Ben Bulloch, project manager for Lance-Kashian and Company says the apartments are designed for people who work at the university, junior professors and young families. It will be one of the first private affordable housing units in Fresno. Lance-Kashion and Company -- says the complex will be what's called an 80/20 project ? 80 percent of the apartments will be rented at market price ? 20 percent affordable housing. The second phase of the project will be student housing with four bedroom and four bath apartments. There is a third housing project planned for senior living.

In addition to the housing portion of the project, Campus Pointe will also have a retail center with a huge movie complex and a large hotel - the Hyatt Plaza - will sit on the corner of Chestnut and Shaw. The commercial portion of the project won't go anywhere until a court case is settled, Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis has sued the Kashion Corporation over environmental issues.

Ben Bulloch of Lance-Kashian and Company says, "We think that they're using the EIR process improperly to challenge it on competitive grounds and we don't think that that's a valid reason to seek a challenge."

One of the owners of Sierra Vista mall Jim Hillscamp acknowledged Campus Pointe would have an economic impact on the Clovis Mall ? but he said quote, "we're challenging the project on a conflict of interest basis between a government official and his position and taxpayers dollars. Plus the university is providing the developer with parking at the taxpayers' expense and the students' expense.

It could take months for a judge to decide the outcome of the commercial part of the project. In the meantime the bulldozers and water trucks continue to roll and will be busy for months to come.
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