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Building Fresno’s First Senior Center Gets $20M in Fed Backing



Mayor Jerry Dyer says he wants Fresno's 63,286 residents age 65 and older to weigh in on what features the city's first senior center should have. It will be built at the site of a former Vons. (GV Wire File)
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The effort to build Fresno’s first senior center on Blackstone Avenue just got a $20 million federal loan guarantee.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant to the city for the project at the former Vons grocery store site at 4325 N. Blackstone Ave.

Dyer previously estimated the cost to build the facility to be $20 million. The city purchased the site for $6.4 million.

HUD named four projects in total to receive a part of the $75 million fund.

“HUD is proud to partner with cities to boost housing supply, support small business, and enhance neighborhood amenities,” said HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Marion McFadden. “I applaud these jurisdictions for using every resource at their disposal to deploy innovative strategies to invest in their local community development priorities.”

Construction on the center is expected to begin in 2024.

“I am grateful to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for approving the city of Fresno’s $20 million loan request,” said Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. “This funding source brings us one step closer to providing a state-of-the-art activity center to our seniors.”

Dyer added the loan would be repaid with future community development block grant allocations.

Fresno Calling on its Seniors for What They Want out of Center

Dyer said he wanted Fresno’s 63,286 residents age 65 and older to weigh in on what the center would offer. Those details need to come forward before construction begins.

The city is still taking recommendations at this site.

Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at