A West Fresno campus for Fresno City College, an electric car-sharing service and mixed-use development in Chinatown are among the local proposals gunning for $70 million in cap-and-trade funding.
Last week, the Community Steering Committee of the Fresno Transformative Climate Communities Collaborative voted on a package of projects that will be presented to the Fresno City Council and then Sacramento for final approval.
The money, meant to fund projects that bring environmental and economic benefits for people who live near downtown Fresno, comes from the proceeds of the state’s cap-and-trade market for carbon allowances.
The final package includes about 25 projects located in the downtown area, Chinatown and west Fresno.
Here are some of the highlights.
Fresno City College- West Fresno Campus
A high-intensity use satellite campus at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Church Ave. for Fresno City College that would offer educational opportunities and career-oriented courses. The project is requesting $16.9 million from TCC, and has a $40 million match lined up.
Chinatown Mixed-Use Project
A high density, 4-story mixed use development with 4,700 square feet of ground floor retail and 56 affordable working housing units is requesting $10.79 million. It will be located on about a half-acre of land at 1101 F St., within one block of the proposed high-speed rail station, to be developed by the Fresno Housing Authority. Project requests $10.79 million, with $11 million in matching funds.
Clean Shared Mobility Network
Network of share electric mobility services that provide alternatives to car ownership in downtown, Chinatown and southwest Fresno. This project requested $7.4 million from TCC, with $2.29 million in matching funds. Local organizations will own 42 electric vehicles and chargers that can be checked out hourly, and include a volunteer driver program for rides to underserved residents. A collaborative project of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce.
MLK Activity Center
A $4.5 million proposal for undeveloped land at Church and Walnut Avenues could be modernized alongside a proposal to build housing on the same lot. Work would install curbs, gutters and drainage, as well as waterlines, sidewalks, bike lanes streetlights in order to transform the entire block from Church to Jensen and Walnut to South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.