New proposal aimed at improving Fresno’s South Tower

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Improvements could be coming to Fresno’s South Tower location.

On the corner of Wilson and Dudley Avenue in South Tower District, Fresno Councilmember Miguel Arias set up poster boards to unveil his multi-million dollar approach to fix infrastructure problems and maximize safety.

Arias is location his sights on fixing up neighborhoods in his district.

He said, “This element of city was annexed into the metropolis more than 110 a long time ago. And to this day nonetheless won’t have the basic infrastructure, you’ll uncover throughout other pieces of the metropolis,”

Last 7 days, Arias joined Fresno Council President Luis Chavez and councilmember Nelson Esparza to lay out a 5-12 months strategic prepare concentrated on rebuilding the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

On Wednesday – Arias highlighted the South Tower community.

“I can inform you that these major bumps, this poor patchwork, and these substantial cracks in the roads are a safety problem. Security in the neighborhood has to go over and above simply policing, and it has to go to be investing in community infrastructure in our group,” he mentioned.

People in this local community gathered to voice their considerations to the councilman.

Steven Chandler has lived in South Tower because 1976 – just a few minutes from Muir Elementary Faculty.

Chandler says sidewalks are significant for kids’ protection, but he would like to think about every road on a situation by circumstance basis.

“I imagine there are a lot of streets where we do require sidewalks and road reconstruction, and that will make a significant variance of the security of small children going for walks to college,” Chandler claimed. “You consider the wellbeing of small children that stroll by below just about every day on their way to college how could you place a cost on that.”

Arias states the town will obtain far more than $100 million in gross sales tax profits this fiscal 12 months, $250 million from the federal govt, $37 million from the Measure P parks tax, residence taxes and the start off of a cannabis tax.

Arias hopes to deliver ahead a solution — these as changing empty loads like this into new housing.

Arias suggests he would like to spend $20 million in repaving the streets, fixing and building sidewalks, and even reducing down trees. This is some thing one other resident of South Tower, John Cummings, said he wishes would have been performed faster.

Pointing to a tree with broken limbs, Cummings stated, “These trees are like 100 decades outdated and they are stunning, but the town does not sustain them like they employed to and we have been dropping massive branches.”

Two yrs back, Cummings referred to as a tree experts with the metropolis to reduce down heavy, hanging branches. Cummings stated they by no means arrived to take care of the problem.

“If they don’t fall out of the tree, they don’t stress about it. 1 working day, 1 of them will land on any individual, then they may usually takes motion,” Cummings stated.

Budget hearings for the future fiscal yr start out upcoming 7 days.

In response, Mayor Jerry Dyer states he, way too, needs to prioritize neighborhoods that have been left behind.

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