fresno county juvenile hall

The former Fresno County Juvenile Hall will be demolished Friday.

published on June 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM
Written by David Castellon

Fresno Unified School District officials will hold a kick-off ceremony Friday ahead of the start next week of demolishing the city’s old juvenile hall.

Plans are to convert the 12.58 acres of connected parcels into a school site, though Fresno Unified officials have yet to decide what type of school to build there.

former juvenile hall
This rendering shows what a new Fresno Unified school may look like at the site of the former juvenile hall building on Ventura Street.


Officials have released an artist’s rendering of how the new facility may look.

The district voted in October 2018 to buy the land and buildings for $1.2 million from the county, which has owned the land since the 1800s.

The old juvenile hall and other buildings on the site were built by the county starting more than six-and-a-half decades ago.

A new juvenile hall was built and the old site vacated in 2006 following news reports of years of neglect of the facility, though the county continued to use one small office building until the sale.

It was dubbed the “Hall of Shame” by the media.

Fresno County supervisors decided to sell the site due to the high costs of keeping up the building and grounds.

“Fresno Unified is taking this building to the ground, along with the horrific memories it holds, in order to build a state-of-the-art facility that will breathe life back into our students and our community. We’re excited to begin that work,” District Superintendent Bob Nelson said in a written statement.

The kick-off ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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