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  • ITEM II G

  • Capital Improvement Project Application: City of Fresno

    Bike Racks, Bus Stop Shelters, Sidewalks in Kings Canyon/Ventura Corridor Page 1 of 10

    Project Summary

    1. Project Title: Bike Racks, Bus Stop Shelters, Sidewalks in Kings Canyon/Ventura Corridor

    2. Project description: This grant will provide funding to place bicycle racks, bus canopies and sidewalk construction for the Kings Canyon/Ventura corridor area.

    3. Total TOD fund request: $223,616

    4. Sponsoring jurisdiction: City of Fresno

    5. Primary contact person: Elliott Balch

    6. Title: Downtown Revitalization Manager

    7. Address: 2600 Fresno St., Room 2156, Fresno, CA 93721

    8. Phone: (559) 621-8366

    9. E-mail: Elliott.Balch@fresno.gov

    10. Other project partners: Bike Fresno, Kings Canyon/Ventura Merchants Association

    ITEM II G

  • Capital Improvement Project Application: City of Fresno

    Bike Racks, Bus Stop Shelters, Sidewalks in Kings Canyon/Ventura Corridor Page 2 of 10

    Project Description

    1. Introduction. Please provide a description of project objectives, setting, and relationship of the

    proposed project to existing and planned infrastructures in the project area.

    The Ventura/Kings Canyon corridor has been identified by the PTIS study as a

    good candidate for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line and for Transit Oriented Development

    investment. It is a busy mixed use corridor with multifamily residential, retail, and services

    are in relatively close proximity. The following projects are designed to improve the multi-

    modal connectivity to and from transit so as to better serve the community and promote

    investment. The projects are all located on or within walking distance from the main

    corridor.

    Residents in this area have identified these projects as being important for

    increasing transportation options in their community. The infrastructure will not only

    benefit current area residents and businesses, but also current and future residents of

    Fresno and the surrounding areas. The Ventura/Kings corridor is a popular shopping,

    services and recreation destination which serves the entire metropolitan area and the

    communities in south east Fresno County. Significant growth is also planned for the

    surrounding area. Making concrete public investments now is important to attract the kind

    of private investment that will be needed to ensure the long term financial viability of BRT

    and other forms of transit.

    Projects will support a proposed new affordable senior housing complex

    (Ventura/8 th

    ). Elderly and disabled residents will have improved access to transit and vital

    services. Parents and children will also have a safer and more convenient access to school

    and health services. There are also significant health benefits from increased active

    transportation. The increased shade will not only provide comfort, but also lessen

    potentially fatal heat exposure.

    These projects will also improve the aesthetics of the corridor and surrounding

    neighborhoods making it more attractive for potential investors. This BRT line will connect

    downtown and the northernmost point of the city, making it easier to people to commute

    without the need for a passenger vehicle. By making it easier and more comfortable to use

    alternative forms of transportation, parking demand is eased and congestion reduced.

    2. Nexus to Transit Oriented Development. Describe the nexus of the proposed project to transit

    oriented development. Through an existing policy or an adopted plan, explain how the project

    will boost transit ridership, encourage biking & walking and support a livable and viable transit

    oriented community.

    The Ventura/Kings Canyon corridor has been identified by the PTIS study as a

    good candidate for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line and for Transit Oriented Development

    investment. It is a busy mixed use corridor with multifamily residential, retail, and services

    ITEM II G

  • Capital Improvement Project Application: City of Fresno

    Bike Racks, Bus Stop Shelters, Sidewalks in Kings Canyon/Ventura Corridor Page 3 of 10

    are in relatively close proximity. The following projects are designed to improve the multi-

    modal connectivity to and from transit so as to better serve the community and promote

    investment. The projects are all located on or within walking distance from the main

    corridor.

    Residents in this area have identified these projects as being important for

    increasing transportation options in their community. The infrastructure will not only

    benefit current area residents and businesses, but also current and future residents of

    Fresno and the surrounding areas. The Ventura/Kings corridor is a popular shopping,

    services and recreation destination which serves the entire metropolitan area and the

    communities in south east Fresno County. Significant growth is also planned for the

    surrounding area. Making concrete public investments now is important to attract the kind

    of private investment that will be needed to ensure the long term financial viability of BRT

    and other forms of transit.

    These projects will also improve the aesthetics of the corridor and surrounding

    neighborhoods making it more attractive for potential investors. This BRT line will connect

    downtown and the northernmost point of the city, making it easier to people to commute

    without the need for a passenger vehicle. By making it easier and more comfortable to use

    alternative forms of transportation, parking demand is eased and congestion reduced.

    3. Use of TOD Fund. Please describe how the incentive funding will be expended. Provide

    details on the project/program the incentive funding will be expended on.

    Specific sites (Bike racks): Kings Canyon/Chance (in front of Fresno Fairgrounds), Kings Canyon/Cedar and

    Kings Canyon/Chestnut. These are areas of high density, close to schools, shopping centers

    and multiple residential housing complexes. Bike racks are needed to make travelling safer

    and more convenient for riders using the existing bicycle lanes on this corridor. Lack of

    bike racks is a deterrent for people wishing to use this form of transportation due to

    concerns for potential theft.

    Furthermore, a distinct bike rack design can help create a sense of place and

    community, thus beautifying the area. Design of bike racks will be conducted in

    collaboration with “Bike Fresno” and the “Kings Canyon Merchants Association”.

    Specific sites (Bus Canopies): Chestnut/Kings Canyon (Southwest corner on Chestnut), Kings Canyon/ Chestnut

    (in front of Cambridge High School) and Kings Canyon/Maple (Northwest corner)

    These are areas of high ridership, close to schools, shopping centers, senior rest

    homes, churches and apartment complexes. Bus canopies not only make the area more

    attractive, they provide much needed shelter for passengers during the summer months.

    We will explore utilizing canopies with solar panels for maximum energy efficiency and

    lighting at night.

    ITEM II G

  • Capital Improvement Project Application: City of Fresno

    Bike Racks, Bus Stop Shelters, Sidewalks in Kings Canyon/Ventura Corridor Page 4 of 10

    Sidewalk Construction Site (Infrastructure): Install Sidewalk and Curb in front of South Orange. Addresses are 1003, 1005,

    1017, 1027 and 1031 S. Orange Ave. Improving access to schools has been a transportation priority at the national, state

    and local level. This project connects a school that educates 800 plus students and offers

    ESL classes for parents and families. It is a direct pathway to access the Kings

    Canyon/Ventura corridor and in the middle of apartment complexes and the only

    neighborhood health clinic in the immediate area (4 square miles). Adding a sidewalk will

    improve pedestrian safety by giving them an appropriate place to walk, whereas they are

    currently walking on the road or in the dirt. This infrastructure also improves the City’s

    standing per ADA guidelines.

    The project will include trees to provide shade and a more comfortable travel

    experience, as well as beautify the neighborhood. Construction of the sidewalk will take

    place outside of peak air quality hours and days, and will implement measures to mitigate

    fugitive dust, lessening the health impact to surrounding residents.

    4. Affordable Housing. Please identify, if applicable, percentage of affordable housing in the

    project.

    Projects will support a proposed new senior housing complex at Ventura/8 th

    with

    100% of the 92 units affordable. Elderly and disabled residents will have improved access

    to transit and vital services. Parents and children will also have a safer and more

    convenient access to school and health services. There are also significant health benefits

    from increased active transportation. The increased shade will not only provide comfort,

    but also lessen potentially fatal heat exposure.

    5. Green Building. Please describe, if applicable, any gre