A significant component of the Mayor’s RESTORE Fresno Initiative is performed by the Development and Resource Management Department’s Neighborhood Revitalization Division. This Division’s Neighborhood Revitalization Team (NRT) is focused on promoting the Initiative’s neighborhood focus. This revitalization work is limited to qualifying neighborhoods throughout the city and is accomplished with the help of the following key partners:
In addition to these key partners, this work would not be successful without the committed involvement of many community neighborhood stakeholders, including residents, landlords, churches, community groups, and others. For this reason, the City’s neighborhood revitalization work incorporates the input of these stakeholders throughout every phase of our process.
Though successful revitalization is largely defined by neighborhood stakeholders, it always includes the removal of blight from the neighborhood and ensuring interior living conditions are up to code. Frequently, stakeholders also seek to increase safety, build deeper partnerships with their neighborhood schools, reduce speeding, and many other neighborhood-specific projects.
The NRT currently consists of one manager, three senior housing specialists, one community revitalization specialist, four community revitalization technicians, and four community outreach coordinators.
The City’s Neighborhood Revitalization program aims to:
- Actively engage residents in the revitalization process.
- Maximize resources through coordination of City Departments and stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of revitalization efforts.
- Implement a revitalization model that can be evaluated based upon neighborhood specific conditions and replicated throughout the city
How Can You Help?
- Attend neighborhood meetings you hear about hosted by your neighbors or the NRT.
- Participate in keeping your neighborhood clean.
- Report code violations through FresGo or by calling (559) 621-CITY (2489).
- Encourage your neighbors to take advantage of the resources the Restore Fresno trailer will bring when you see it in the neighborhood.
For more information about the Neighborhood Revitalization Team, please call (559) 621-8448
Community Revitalization’s process is comprised of 3 Phases implemented over approximately a three-year period. The first phase is the Neighborhood Revitalization Team’s period of active focus. The second phase is considered maintenance mode, the third phase is the Team’s sustainability mode, and the fourth phase is referred to as neighborhood efficacy, when the neighborhood has the leadership and has enough positive momentum to pursue its ongoing revitalization.
- Increased stakeholder engagement
- Increased stakeholder efficacy
- Top stakeholder priorities addressed
- Decreased public nuisance violations
- Increased housing conditions
On October 17, 2016, Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced the Next 10 Revitalization Neighborhoods after months of collaborative conversations with Fresno Unified School District, the Fresno Housing Authority, the Fresno Police Department, and numerous City staff. These neighborhoods are Hidalgo/Leavenworth, Webster, Slater, Columbia, King, Winchell, Vang Pao, Addams, Williams, and Fort Miller.
The neighborhoods were selected with input from various partners utilizing criteria such as student achievement, police issues/resources, blight, low-moderate income, various community health indicators, proximity to existing revitalization efforts, and neighborhood assets. The Neighborhood Revitalization Team began engaging the first neighborhood, Hidalgo/Leavenworth, in November 2016, with revitalization efforts fully under way in January, 2017.
Restore Fresno is a compilation of initiatives to improve property values, living conditions, public safety and the overall quality of life in our older neighborhoods. The five current neighborhoods of focus have focused on engaging residents and building capacity in El Dorado Park, Jefferson, Kirk, Lowell, and Yokomi neighborhoods. In each of these neighborhoods, resident leadership has been cultivated, blight has been dramatically reduced, housing issues have been improved, and neighborhood leaders are working together with City staff to resolve intractable problems. Each neighborhood continues to receive the support of the Neighborhood Revitalization Teams, through regular code sweeps, and consistent resident contact each month.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Team has identified a number of common code violations that frequently occur in our focus neighborhoods. You can participate in the revitalization of these neighborhoods by reporting these violations! Should you suspect that a violation exists in one of the NRT’s focus neighborhoods, please report it by calling (559) 621-CITY (2489) or by using your FresGo app on your smartphone.
- VACANT PROPERTIES
Can attract illegal and mischievous activity which should be reported.
Farm animals such as chickens, roosters, goats, sheep, cows, and horses are not permitted in residential areas.
- INOPERABLE VEHICLES
Cannot be parked on the street or stored on private property unless fully enclosed within a legal structure, such as a garage. Car covers are not acceptable.
- TARP AND POLE STRUCTURES
Are illegal under the zoning codes. Even though they are popular, laws governing their placement are enforced. The use of tarp and pole structures can carry fines up to $800. If you have one, please take it down.
Are required to be maintained by the property owner. They can also attract illegal and mischievous activity, which should be reported.
- VACANT LOTS
If you own a vacant lot in the city, make sure it is kept free of weeds, trash, and debris all year long.
- VEHICLE PARKING
Vehicles parked on private residential property must be parked on driveways, in a garage, or carport. Vehicles CANNOT be parked on dirt, lawn, or landscaped areas. All vehicles must be operable.
The accumulation of tall, dry grass on vacant lots is prohibited. Property owners are required to ensure that all weeds that constitute a fire hazard are cleared from their property or that the land is turned with a disc.