Developer John Brelsford of Diversified Development Group is nearing completion on three tilt-up buildings totaling 512,000 square feet near the Amazon distribution center in south Fresno.
Written by Donald A. Promnitz
The roofs are being added to three new buildings in Fresno that, when completed, will add 512,000 square feet of industrial space to south Fresno.
The project, headed by Diversified Development Group (DDG), started construction earlier this year with completion expected by Oct. 31. It is located along South East Avenue, near the new Amazon and Ulta Beauty buildings and across the street from the new Valley Wide Beverage location. Individually, the three buildings will be 155,000, 170,000 and 186,000 square feet in size. Target Constructors, Inc. of Madera is working as the general contractor for the project.
Developed by John Brelsford (president) and Marcus Pignotti (vice president), Diversified Development Group has a portfolio of 43 buildings in Fresno County and Visalia that includes more than 8 million square feet of space. These buildings house 95 tenants, including Kraft Foods and Mission Foods.
Matt Walker, project manager for the new building, said construction has been conducted using a tilt-up concrete method, in which concrete construction elements are formed on a horizontal, concrete slab.
Walker said that each building would be able to house four tenants upon completion. So far, they have leases out for approximately 20,000 square feet in one building.
“Sometimes John and Marcus build these building with tenants in place – they already know who they’re going to deal with,” Walker said. “But these buildings, they’re just building them…and hoping the tenants come. Kind of ‘if you build it, they will come.’”
DDG also has plans for two new projects next year. The first – the Clovis Industrial Center – will consist of eight buildings, totaling 372,000 square feet. Another project in Visalia, DDG-697, would create 697,000 square feet.