Revitalization coming to ten Fresno neighborhoods


Some major investments are coming to ten neighborhoods in Fresno.

It’s part of the Mayor’s Restore Fresno Initiative.

Fort Miller Neighborhood is one of the ten, residents like Joe Flores say homelessness is a big problem.

“A lot of them stay behind the church, we need community programs for them,” said Flores.

Keith Bergthold with the Fresno Metro Ministry works with residents in Flores’ community he says crime needs to be addressed also.

“We had about 45 people come out to the First Baptist Church because they were concerned about the violence that took place on Blackstone several weeks ago. Someone was murdered, then there was a shooting right after that,” said Bergthold.

The concerns of Flores are Bergthold are all problems the Mayor hopes to address with her Restore Fresno Initiative.

Monday, she announced all ten neighborhoods that will be a part of it.

“Hidalgo and Leavenworth together, Webster neighborhood, the Colombia neighborhood, King, Winchell, Vang Pao, Williams, Fortmiller and Slayter,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

The Mayor says small teams will go into the neighborhoods to assess the needs and put together a plan of action.

“From there we work with our partner agencies to really connect residents to opportunities for their families,” said the Mayor.

It all happens within a 9 month period, teams are expected to hit the streets in January.

Flores says he is ready to see change in his community.

“To come here and help revitalize the area, it’s a start, its a start,” said Flores.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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