OPTION 2: RECONNECT STREET GRID WITH VIGNETTES
- Vehicular traffic going both ways.
- Six vignettes direct cars around most of the original artwork. These vignettes have the mall’s original pavement and artwork.
- All of the major streets that go through the Fulton Mall open up to cars and on-street parking.
- 127 on-street parking along Fulton Street and 117 metered on-street stalls along the cross streets.
- No parking in the vignettes. The width between the storefront and the street in a vignette area is to be a minimum of 10-feet-wide.
- Five of the 20 sculptures are relocated at the Mariposa Plaza and throughout the Central Business District.
- Streets can be easily closed for special community events.
- Ground floor vacancies decrease from 26% to 15%
- 401,300 sq. ft. of newly occupied space.
- Annual gross sales revenue increase by 50%, from $92/sq. ft. to $138/sq. ft. This is 37% of the national average.
- Average annual sales increase by 12%.
- Average rents increase by 8-10%.
Revenue & Cost
- Construction Cost: $11.4-12.8 million
- Maintenance Cost over 30 Years: $4.2 million.
- Parking Revenue over 30 Years: $12.5 million.
These figures were estimated by a consulting firm. I have heard that each option will cost around the same to construct; $15-20 million. The City is applying for grants -up to $20 million- to help with the construction. The general trend is that a street will cost the least to maintain and more parking will generate more revenue.
This options is supported by Mayor Swearengin. She stated her reasoning in her State of Downtown Address. The reasoning is that in order for Downtown to be healthy, the economic conditions of the Mall need to improve without sacrificing historical significance. Think of it as a compromise aimed to please the most people in Fresno.
Option 2 is Downtown Fresno Partnership’s second choice.
The Advisory Committee of the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan (FCSP) favors this option, along with Option 1.
The following are my opinions regarding Option 2. Please contribute your opinion in the comments. I usually steer away from expressing my opinions on this blog but this is a great opportunity to feel more confident expressing my views as a real estate broker. Please don’t let me foolishly think I know everything!
Most of this option’ good and the bad are similar to the arguments I made about Option 1 (link).
Compromises are not the most efficient – It makes sense that this option was selected as one of the alternative plans and is supported by the Mayor. It opens the Mall to vehicular traffic while still preserving most of the Mall’s art and design. However, I don’t think this compromise is the best approach in maintaining economic stability, in the long-run.
Uncertainty of Vignettes – The vignettes cause the road to curve making it uncertain if it will support a future street car. It is unknown how much the width of the roads and sidewalks will increase or decrease. There will be no parking on the vignettes, meaning some businesses will not receive the same exposure. These impacted business will be restricted when it comes to outdoor seating or signage.
Have a lovely day in Fresno!
Veronica Stumpf, Co-Broker
DRE Lic. #01906952