Strong Cities, Strong
Communities (SC2) – Fresno
S C O T T S T O L L M A N
E P A
A U G U S T 2 6 , 2 0 1 3
Where is Fresno, again?
SC2 Fresno Team
 Environmental Protection Agency
 Department of Housing & Urban Development
 Department of Transportati...
SC2 Fresno: Focus Areas
 Downtown Revitalization (EPA, DOT, HUD, CNCS)
 Business Development (SBA, MBDA, GSA, USDA)
 Ec...
Projected Benefits of the “Smart Growth” General Plan
Alternative as Compared to Continuing Existing Growth Trends
 19% r...
• The power of place
• Big picture view
• Connect the dots
• Maximize investments
Downtown Revitalization
Downtown Revitalization
11
Downtown economic challenges
Economic indicator
Citywide
or regional Downtown Fulton Mall
Office vacancy rate 15.8% 12.7% ...
Mariposa Corridor
Mariposa Corridor
Mariposa Corridor
Mariposa Corridor
Downtown Revitalization –
Mariposa Plaza
Downtown Revitalization -
Mariposa Plaza
Downtown Revitalization
 Federal agency leases
UW Tacoma
Health Village,
Orlando FL
Downtown Revitalization
 Anchor Institutions
Fresno Kings Canyon /
Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit
Project
Fresno Kings Canyon
/ Blackstone Bus
Rapid Transit Project
Previous Alignment
(pre-April 2012)
ALIGNMENTS
Previous
HSR
STATION
Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit
Project
ALIGNMENTS
Current
Previous
HSR
STATION
Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit
Project
Formula for Realignment of BRT
 Familiarity of federal staff with local planning efforts.
 Importance of having single F...
 Relationship with Mayor’s Office
Some Lessons Learned
Some Lessons Learned
 Convener/facilitator role
Some Lessons Learned
 Conduit for federal programs
Some Lessons Learned
 Mileage from technical assistance contracts
 Identification of federal/non-federal resources
 Alm...
Some Lessons Learned
 Open Lines of Communication
Some Lessons Learned
 Capacity Building = New Thinking
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  1. 1. Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) – Fresno S C O T T S T O L L M A N E P A A U G U S T 2 6 , 2 0 1 3
  2. 2. Where is Fresno, again?
  3. 3. SC2 Fresno Team  Environmental Protection Agency  Department of Housing & Urban Development  Department of Transportation  Department of Agriculture – Rural Development  Department of Commerce – EDA  Department of Health & Human Services  Department of Energy (CIO)  Department of Labor  General Services Administration  Small Business Administration  Corporation for National and Community Service  White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  4. 4. SC2 Fresno: Focus Areas  Downtown Revitalization (EPA, DOT, HUD, CNCS)  Business Development (SBA, MBDA, GSA, USDA)  Economic Development & Innovation (USDA, DOE, CNCS, DOC-EDA)  High Speed Rail (EPA, DOT, HUD, CNCS)  Transportation (DOT, EPA)  Land Use Planning (EPA, HUD, State of California)  Neighborhood Revitalization/Housing (HUD, HHS, EPA, USDA, CNCS)  Homelessness (HUD, HHS)
  5. 5. Projected Benefits of the “Smart Growth” General Plan Alternative as Compared to Continuing Existing Growth Trends  19% reduction in GHG emissions from transportation and buildings  31% reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT  32% reduction in public health cost: Saves $13.8 million in health care costs due to reduced air-pollution related illnesses in 2035.  26% reduction in water consumed for new households: Enough water to serve 7,500 homes.  33% reduction in infrastructure costs  11% reduction in building energy use  53% reduction in land consumption (among the most productive agricultural land in the U.S.): Nearly 10 square miles of land  26% reduction in costs to households, including fuel and auto, energy, and water costs: Saves households an average of $1,240 a year from reduced auto fuel and utility bills.
  6. 6. • The power of place • Big picture view • Connect the dots • Maximize investments
  7. 7. Downtown Revitalization
  8. 8. Downtown Revitalization
  9. 9. 11
  10. 10. Downtown economic challenges Economic indicator Citywide or regional Downtown Fulton Mall Office vacancy rate 15.8% 12.7% 46.1% Office lease rate per s.f. per month $1.68 $1.41 (regional avg. – $0.27) $1.03 (regional avg. – $0.65) Major retail vacancy rate 11.0% 11.2% 34.9% Taxable sales per s.f. per year $274 $203* (citywide avg. – $71) $79 (citywide avg. – $195) Major historic building vacancy N/A 35% 71%
  11. 11. Mariposa Corridor
  12. 12. Mariposa Corridor
  13. 13. Mariposa Corridor
  14. 14. Mariposa Corridor
  15. 15. Downtown Revitalization – Mariposa Plaza
  16. 16. Downtown Revitalization - Mariposa Plaza
  17. 17. Downtown Revitalization  Federal agency leases
  18. 18. UW Tacoma Health Village, Orlando FL Downtown Revitalization  Anchor Institutions
  19. 19. Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit Project
  20. 20. Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit Project Previous Alignment (pre-April 2012)
  21. 21. ALIGNMENTS Previous HSR STATION Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit Project
  22. 22. ALIGNMENTS Current Previous HSR STATION Fresno Kings Canyon / Blackstone Bus Rapid Transit Project
  23. 23. Formula for Realignment of BRT  Familiarity of federal staff with local planning efforts.  Importance of having single FTA Planner involved in all Fresno-related efforts.  Confidence of FTA Planner to hold firm on importance of realignment, even with the possibility of schedule delays.  Support for realignment by FTA Region 9 leadership.  Direct line of communication between federal government and Mayor’s Office via SC2.  Willingness of SC2 Team Lead to communicate concerns expressed by FTA about the original alignment to Mayor’s Office.  Continued monitoring by SC2 Team Lead.
  24. 24.  Relationship with Mayor’s Office Some Lessons Learned
  25. 25. Some Lessons Learned  Convener/facilitator role
  26. 26. Some Lessons Learned  Conduit for federal programs
  27. 27. Some Lessons Learned  Mileage from technical assistance contracts  Identification of federal/non-federal resources  Almost $7 million in new grants for Fresno and more than $500K in leveraged outside funding
  28. 28. Some Lessons Learned  Open Lines of Communication
  29. 29. Some Lessons Learned  Capacity Building = New Thinking

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