This photo shows the progress of construction on a three-story office building in north Fresno.

published on September 7, 2018 - 7:00 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Construction is currently underway on two buildings on Fresno Street in north Fresno near the River Park Shopping Center.

Citizens Business Bank will be relocating from its location on the First and Herndon avenues to a building near Fresno Street and Nees Avenue that is currently under renovation. The branch on 7110 N. First St. is the only Citizens Business Bank in Fresno, with Central Valley locations in Visalia, Delano, Madera, Tulare and Bakersfield.

The new Citizens Business Bank will be 6,000 square feet.

Based in Ontario, California, CVB Financial Corp., the holding company for Citizens Business Bank, completed its merger with Valley Commerce Bancorp, holding company for Valley Business Bank in Visalia.

“The merger with Valley Commerce Bancorp is an exciting opportunity for Citizens Business Bank to expand our presence in the Central Valley.” said Christopher D. Meyers, president and CEO of CVBF. We intend to build upon their strong foundation and broaden customer relationships through our enhanced product offerings and higher credit capacity.”

The bank is expected to open at the end of September.

Across from the future Citizens Business Bank, in the same lot, a building is being constructed, with most of the metal framing already complete.

MAKK Construction Inc. of Fresno started construction on the three-story office building in March.

Construction is expected to be completed by Dec. 31.  

— Frank Lopez

Visalia Country Club remodel

The Visalia Country Club is undergoing a remodel of its facilities to keep up with a growing membership demand.

A construction permit values the remodel of the club house, lounge, dining room and patio at $1.5 million, but general manager Scott Stubbs said the bill was more than that. He would not disclose an exact amount.

The country club on Ranch Street and bordered by Goshen Avenue is the only place golfers and socialites can go for private membership in either Visalia or Tulare.

The renovation will allow the club to bring in more members, as its social membership has been full for at least the five years Stubbs has been with them.

“We have such a large membership, we need to take care of it better,” said Stubbs. “It was a little run down. It served its purpose.”

They currently have 525 golf members and 400 social members.

Doing the renovation is Forcum-Mackey out of Ivanhoe, who did the original construction in 1990.

The hope is to have the remodeling finished by the beginning of December in time for the numerous holiday events and office parties the club hosts every year.

Work was done 10 years ago on the bunkers of the 18-hole golf course. The course is not overly difficult, according to Stubbs, but has enough of a challenge to keep it interesting. Three large lakes come into play in about six holes.

— Edward Smith

GV Wire to join CNPA

GV Wire, the startup news organization published by Darius Assemi of Granville Homes, has applied to become a member of the trade group California News Publishers Association (CNPA).

A number of local newspapers including The Fresno Bee, The Hanford Sentinel, the Visalia Time Delta and The Business Journal are members of the organization, which provides governmental affairs and lobbying services, legal affairs help, advertising programs and hosts an annual journalism contest and summit.

Founded in 2016, GV Wire is a provisional member of the CNPA with all the benefits of a digital news media member, meaning it doesn’t produce a print edition.

The CNPA shows only seven current digital news members, none of which are located in the Central Valley.

— Gabriel Dillard


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