Pages

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fresno Fulton Mall January 2017 Deconstruction Photo Tour

It's been eight months since I last looked at the Fulton Mall. Back then, major construction had started in most parts, with fences everywhere. Concrete had already been poured on the parking areas at the southern end. I assumed it would be mostly done by now, but not even close. Let's take a look at the current status (current as of last week).

Note: Pictures taken on New Years Day, so most businesses closed for the holiday, but if you look closely you'll note many have been run out of business thanks to the abysmal construction staging. Also, please let me know if you have trouble viewing the image. As google has killed Picassa, which was integrated with Blogger, I have moved to Flickr. 

We start at the north end, by Warner's Theater. Nothing had happened in May, so the changes are pretty major.

IMG_0236_24706

IMG_0235_24705

The sidewalks have been built as planned, with the odd, but acceptable use of different crosswalk ramp treatments

IMG_0254_24724

As I mentioned way back when I went over the construction diagrams, this is the best part of the project. 3 wide lanes become 2 narrow lanes.

IMG_0256_24726

Having the sidewalk extension be the entire length of the box office would have been nice though

IMG_0258_24728

Nothing has happened to the orphan road

IMG_0259_24729

It is hard to get pictures in an order that makes sense because the fences are serious barriers

IMG_0260_24730

A relocated fountain is being built

Back in May

Now
IMG_0261_24731





Across from the CVS, moving south

IMG_0262_24732


By Hotel Fresno (no progress on that project) at Merced Street.

IMG_0264_24734

IMG_0224_24694

The construction phasing, by the way, is an absolute disaster for retailers. Like worst case scenario. If they wanted to put everybody out of business, they could not have done a better job. The signs were terrible and the walking paths a mess.

Detour? To where?

IMG_0233_24703

IMG_0229_24699


I could not figure out how to access this block of the mall, so I took a detour through the alley.

IMG_0265_24735

Looking north, odd construction phasing

IMG_0268_24738

IMG_0402_24870

IMG_0269_24739

IMG_0270_24740

IMG_0271_24741


This next section hasn't changed at all. Why did they even start with the destruction only to pause for 8 months?

May















Now:
IMG_0272_24742

IMG_0273_24743

IMG_0274_24744

May:















Now

IMG_0275_24745

IMG_0401_24869


May:


















Now

IMG_0276_24746

IMG_0277_24747

IMG_0278_24748

IMG_0398_24866

IMG_0400_24868

This building is looking great

IMG_0279_24749

IMG_0395_24863

IMG_0280_24750

IMG_0281_24751

IMG_0282_24752

IMG_0394_24862 

IMG_0283_24753


The dumbest road

IMG_0284_24754

Mariposa towards Brodway

IMG_0285_24755

IMG_0390</p><p>_24859

IMG_0392_24860

IMG_0286_24756

This won't change hence the DUMBEST ROAD

IMG_0288_24758

It will dead-end here

IMG_0289_24759

I can't tell if this is restoration or abandonment

IMG_0290_24760

BONUS FONT

IMG_0293_24763

Remember, this alley will be a critical part of the new vehicle circulation plan

IMG_0309_24779

Looking north

IMG_0311_24781

IMG_0384_24853

fulton1

IMG_0386_24855

IMG_0387_24856

IMG_0388_24857

The stop light remains in use, but there is no pedestrian crossing

IMG_0312_24782

IMG_0313_24783

IMG_0314_24784

It is a pedestrian maze

IMG_0376_24845

IMG_0377_24846

Zero effort made to create a safe, accessible pedestrian crossing during construction. 

IMG_0379_24848

IMG_0382_24851

Plz come shop the stores are open we claim

IMG_0383_24852

The southern end was the quickest to move. Concrete was put in 8 months ago. Asphalt 4-5 months ago. Now lights are in. Still not open to the public

IMG_0315_24785

 New lights. I don't know how I feel about them. They feel modern and dated at the same time. LEDs on the modern cobra overhead.

IMG_0316_24786

 The new ped lights send light out sideways, rather than down

IMG_0317_24787

Tree well I assume

IMG_0318_24788

Removing the tarps make the fence maze seem less like a prison escape haunted house at six flags. However, they should maximize pedestrian space.

IMG_0319_24789

IMG_0320_24790

IMG_0322_24792

IMG_0323_24793

Too small for trees, what are these holes for? Notice the double lights and the odd lower lighting well

IMG_0324_24794

The sidewalk is new btw, in the same style as the mall.

IMG_0325_24795

Midblock crossing to only section that will remain pedestrianized

IMG_0326_24796

IMG_0327_24797

Maybe too many light posts

IMG_0328_24798

IMG_0329_24799

Across the street looking north. These are the "super wide sidewalks" the proponents have continuously lied about.

IMG_0370_24839

IMG_0371_24840

IMG_0372_24841

While the sidewalk is a nod to preservationists, I admit it looks a tad dated

IMG_0330_24800

You can barely tell what is new or old

IMG_0374_24843

Just hurry up and end this construction

IMG_0332_24802

IMG_0333_24803

They rebuilt the river fountain with bridge. Bridge aligned with retail entrance. Smart. However, the sidewalk overhang demonstrates the failure of the new lights. Why light up the 2nd floor?

IMG_0334_24804

What is this

IMG_0335_24805

The usable sidewalk space is not that large

IMG_0336_24806

SUDDENLY FROM ABOVE

IMG_0337_24807

Looks very sad without the trees

IMG_0338_24808

Supposedly this lot will be a building soon. Any day now they say.

IMG_0339_24809

IMG_0340_24810

The southern intersection is also improved with curb extensions

IMG_0342_24812

Fresno's Playground

IMG_0344_24814

New midblock crosswalk, with Fulton Mall pavement treatment. 

IMG_0359_24829

IMG_0360_24830

IMG_0361_24831

IMG_0362_24832

A billion new lights and they couldn't orient one over the mid-block crossing, where IT IS MOST NEEDED? Seriously.

IMG_0363_24833

Looking north is a dead end

IMG_0364_24834


Walking to the end

IMG_0346_24816

IMG_0348_24818

IMG_0349_24819


New sidewalk extension is large, but very grey. No green infrastructure?

IMG_0350_24820

IMG_0352_24822

I can't tell if they're adding angled parking, but the turn lane is gone. I guess continental crosswalks were too much for the budget.

IMG_0353_24823

New vs old

IMG_0358_24828

And the end

IMG_0354_24824

IMG_0355_24825

IMG_0356_24826


And that's it. Lot's of photos coming up in the next couple of weeks  - the rest of downtown, Manchester Center update, BRT, and Clovis.


BONUS DROGE BUILDING

IMG_0351_24821

8 comments:

  1. Well, it looks like at least the cobra head and the post-type fixtures are fully shielded, a good step forewords. Did you get a decent look at the color temp. of the cobras? The pics make the lights look 3000-3500k warm white which if that was the case would be a welcomed improvement on the current 4000k. I think we might have to wait a bit to see the completed picture of what the architects wanted with those fixtures. It might come out looking good, but that being said I've kind of taken a liking to period antique type fixtures. Maybe something like this

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.404590.1314507555!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/amd-bk-bishops-crook-streetlight-jpg.jpg

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f0/4b/91/f04b916ca429a8f0c998a64de9ce6d6d.jpg

    Or maybe this?

    http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/3e37794f737446a4b1200690917d6135/new-york-june-24-2013-a-set-of-flags-flap-by-a-lamp-post-next-to-the-da0ywk.jpg

    Both fixture types would obviously have their light sources tucked up under the metal shade shielding the light and directing it downward. Or maybe concrete based semi-decorative cobra head poles? Just throwing some ideas out.

    https://goo.gl/maps/QLaCWDMAwxJ2

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All new lights will be 4000K - chosen to be the best compromise between light levels, energy efficiency, and visual comfort.

      BTW, there should be a light going in at every midblock on the north side.

      Delete
    2. Anon, it is good to know that lights will be over the crosswalks.

      Independent, I did not stick around past dark - well, I went over to check out the new cultural park, which I will post pics of soon.

      Delete
    3. Ooh, please do. Will be interesting to see more infill development. Btw, on an off side note I remembered all the vacant parking lots downtown. I'm glad there are no longer setback requirements for those lots, as they can make promising additions as propper streetfront developments. Now we just need to tackle the inefficient parking minimums.

      Delete
    4. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    5. Oh just reminded me of the "arguements" used against the General Plan and the Smart and Final as to how government shouldn't be meddling/regulating with business when ultimately what the arguers ignored is the fact that we have those suburban type strip malls because of regulation. Namely, setback requirements, parking minimums, and single use zoning ultimately create a path of least resistance leading to the development of these aweful strip malls with the parking in the front and the store all the way in the back.

      Delete
    6. Yes the Fulton corridor specifically has its own set of criteria

      Delete
  2. Anon, I described previously that 4000k was a poor "compromise", and really at this point a bad design choice given that this gen of warm whites outperforms the old blue-rich 4000k+ tech. The efficiency is always increasing. With AMA information and statistical data we have 3000k would be the most appropriate color temp.

    ReplyDelete