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Fresno history will be made next Thursday, March 3rd from 4:00pm – 5:00pm as the return of Fulton Street begins with a Groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony is open to the public and will take place on the corner of Merced and Fulton Street, behind CVS Pharmacy. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be there among other elected officials, downtown business owners and downtown revitalization supporters.
The ceremony will begin construction on the Fulton Mall, converting it back to a street after 52 years as outdoor pedestrian mall. The 20 million dollar project will create two way, two lane street with parking on each side, as well as sidewalks on each side. All the outdoor art/ scupltures currently located in the mall will be restored and relocated.
Following the Ceremony, Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals “Downtown Academy” class of 2015-2016 is hosting a groundbreaking party in a storefront across from Peeve’s Public House (1242 Fulton Mall) from 5pm-8pm during Art Hop. Guests can enjoy food and drinks from downtown restaraunts including:
There will also be live music from local artists. Local historian John Rupe will also be displaying his handmade models of Downtown Fresno’s historic buildings. During the party there will also be representatives from Downtown Fresno’s Partnership available to answer questions and provide more information about the project!
For more information about these events, visit the facebook events pages:
Groundbreaking facebook event page
FLYP’s Groundbreaking party facebook event page