New developments and local agriculture celebrated at the State of the County

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FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Fresno County’s annual State of the County saw its highest attendance ever as leaders came together to hear what the county has been doing this year.

One of its biggest developments: the sale of the old juvenile hall to Fresno Unified School District.

Construction is underway to renovate and re-purpose the old facility, but Fresno Unified is yet to announce what it will do with the new space.

“They have leveled it and they are in the process of developing a campus,” said Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig.

Another renovation taking place is happening at the old University Medical Center Hospital. The building has been abandoned for more than a decade but it will soon be cleared out.

“A developer has come forward to the county and they have a plan to create 800 housing units that are both market-rate and affordable housing on-site,” said Magsig.

The City of Fresno will then take over the project.

Fresno County also celebrated its position as one of the leading Ag exporters in both the U.S. and the global stage.

“The Central Valley as a whole is the number one in the nation but arguably in the world as far as we have agriculture speaking,” said Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen.

“We have 400 different crops just in a very small radius. What we have in our back yard is amazing.”

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