Campus Pointe retail phase begins

Ground broke today on The Square at Campus Pointe retail development near Fresno State.Ground broke today on The Square at Campus Pointe retail development near Fresno State.The Square at Campus Pointe near Fresno State broke ground today, while the first 12 business tenants were announced to fill the 250,000 square-feet of planned retail space.

Construction on Campus Pointe, a public-private partnership between California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. and local developer Kashian Enterprises, has been ongoing for the better part of a decade.

While the Palmilla and Palazzo apartment complexes were completed in 2009 and 2010, the retail phase of the development has been stalled by environmental reports until now.

During a ceremony held this morning at the project site on Chestnut Avenue north of the Save Mart Center, Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced future plans for the 45-acre mixed used development.

"This is a wonderful addition to our campus and an excellent example of how public-private partnerships can benefit the entire community," Castro said. "Campus Pointe will have a positive economic impact for Fresno and Clovis and will be a catalyst for additional investment and retail growth in the immediate surrounding area."

Among the first of the projects in works is the 2,700-seat Heritage Theatre that will be the highlight of 250,000 square-foot of retail space once its complete by spring 2015.

With approximately 50,000 square feet for restaurants and other food tenants, other businesses slated for the development include Beach Hut Deli, Bella Nails, Cold Stone Creamery, Tofas Mediterranean Grill, Mad Duck, Pieology, Tapioca Express, Wahoo's Fish Tacos and Yogurtland, as well as mobile device repair shop ScreenWorks.

Castro was joined in shoveling the first piles of dirt by Fresno City Councilmembers Paul Caprioglio and Oliver Baines; Heather Elkins, chief of staff to Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas; Fresno County Tax Assessor Paul Dictos; Cynthia Matson, vice president of Administrative Services with Fresno State; and Fresno State mascot Timeout.

Future phases of development at Campus Pointe include office buildings, a hotel and a senior housing project. Together, the entire development will encompass approximately one million square feet.