Street, beautification improvements slated for Fresno’s Tower District


We’re learning that plans are in the works to revamp portions of the Tower District in Fresno. 

About 10 years ago, the city improved the intersection of Olive and Wishon just outside the Tower Theater. At the time, sidewalks were expanded but now even more improvements are on the way. 

Here’s what it means to you: better sidewalks, smoother streets and better lighting for merchants. In turn, that could mean more business. 

The city has just received a $1,400,000 federal transportation grant to extend the upgrades west.  

If you’ve driven in the Tower District lately, you might have noticed several signs warning of the road closure next week. Business owners also received notices letting them know of the work. 

Antony Ayodele has been a business owner in the district for four years. This Monday and Tuesday, repaving of the intersection at Olive and Wishon will happen right outside his new smoothie shop. Drivers can expect some delays.

“It’s definitely going to put a dent in our business,” Ayodele said. “I mean, long term, it’s going to make a better environment for everybody that wants to come down here.”

Revitalization is being pushed. Come next summer, Olive Avenue will undergo some enhancements from Roosevelt to Yosemite. Restaurant, Casa de Tamales is along that stretch.

“We’ve been here for almost 5 years so it makes us super excited to know that the Tower District still gets attention,” said Liz Sanchez, Owner of Casa de Tamales.

Director of Public Works, Scott Mozier says the grant will help cover a handful of improvements.

“The street would be repaved. We’d construct additional bulb outs, crosswalks, we’d make the area more walkable and really beautify the street,” Mozier said.

Business owners and residents are invited to help nail down the final plans. Another community meeting is slated within the next few weeks.

“It’s going to be an important step to bringing more people, more families and more businesses down here on a regular basis,” Ayodele concluded.

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