New FCC Satellite Campus to be Built in West Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. - The west side of Fresno will be getting it's very own college. A satellite campus of Fresno City College is expected to be built on the corner of Church and Walnut. Terance Frazier, the CEO of TFS Investments, owned the 13.5 acres of land where the new school will be built. He sold half of it to the State Center Community College District and donated the rest.

Frazier wanted to build low income housing on the land, but said when he had the opportunity to give it to education, it was a no brainer.

"I'm super excited. These are, these bones, these dead bones, we gonna bring these dead bones back to life and I can already envision the school," stated Frazier on Tuesday.

Frazier closed escrow last week.

He said, "This was my opportunity to give back."

Chancellor Paul Parnell commented, "When you have people of the community wanting to work together to make things like this happen for the greater benefit of the community, it's a great giving spirit."

The land is worth more than $1.3 million dollars, but the district says it only spent $675,000 for the whole site. Parnell and Frazier both agree though, that it's not about the money. They said it's about giving children in a poverty and crime stricken part of town, a glimmer of hope for the future.

"They get to see a college. They get to see a college right in their own backyard. And then they're gonna start asking questions, they're gonna ask their parents questions, what is that?" exclaimed Frazier.

Parnell said it will take a while to draft up building designs, but he hopes the new satellite campus could be open by the end of 2019.

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