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Downtown Fresno's Droge Building Coming Down

The 91-year-old Droge Building at Van Ness & Inyo is being demolished to make way for a 4-story apartment and commercial building.



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(Megan Munro Reporting) 

It's been held up by reinforcements for years, but on Monday, demolition began on the old Droge Building in downtown Fresno. 

The building, located on Van Ness and Inyo, across the street from the spiral parking garage, dates back to the 1920s.

The 91-year-old building is coming down to make way for a new Fresno Housing Authority development. 

The Droge Building once housed local government programs during the Great Depression but has been an eyesore for years.

Now it's being cleared to make way for a 4-story apartment and commercial building for young professionals. 

The $11 million project will include 45 studio, one and two bedroom apartments. 

The building has yet to be named and the project should be complete by next summer.

Despite the demolition, some still wanted the Droge Building saved.

After several hearings and cost analysis, it was determined that it would cost too much to save the fragile building.

Even the city's historic preservation manager agrees. "Death is part of life. You don't like it but it is part of life and demolition is part of any good, great city building. You are constantly removing some buildings and adding new. And what is critical is that there needs to be thoughtful fair process and that happened," said Karana Hattersley-Drayton Historic Preservation Project Manager City of Fresno. 

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