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Caglia joins in blitz on SW Fresno’s “reverse triangle” with bid for industrial park

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Caglia joins in blitz on SW Fresno’s “reverse triangle” with bid for industrial park

The Caglias’ 2 million square-foot development would neighbor Amazon’s fulfillment center and, if all goes according to the City’s plan, the high-speed rail heavy maintenance facility

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The Caglia family wants to build an industrial park in south Fresno with more than 2 million square feet of building space.

Business certainly is bullish on that part of town.

According to city documents, a development permit application has been filed on behalf of Richard Caglia of Caglia Environmental. The application pertains to a 110-acre site on the northwest corner of Central and Cedar avenues.

“The applicant proposes the development of an industrial business park with up to seven reinforced concrete buildings,” states the mitigated negative declaration notice available in the City Clerk’s Office. “The buildings are proposed for heavy industrial use and will range in size from 124,200 square feet to 1,000,000 square feet, with a total building square footage not to exceed 2,145,420.”

The public has through Oct. 18 to comment on the city’s environmental findings.

The project’s operational statement says the industrial park will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The park is expected to generate 6,260 average daily vehicle trips.

Mike Shirinian, owner of The Elbow Room in Fig Garden Village, once gave me a piece of wisdom about competition in the restaurant business: “Action begets action.”

The Shirinian Principle appears to be working in the so-called “reverse triangle” where Caglia wants to build.

Amazon is building a huge e-commerce fulfillment center at Orange and Central avenues. Ulta Beauty is building a similar type of distribution center at East and Central avenues. And City Hall has been busy for several years trying to convince high-speed rail officials to pick a site on Cedar between American and Clayton avenues for the bullet train’s heavy maintenance facility.

This part of Fresno’s metropolitan area could someday be home to thousands of jobs.

Twenty years ago, Fresno descended into a political civil war over something called Roeding Industrial/Business Park. People hardly talk about Roeding Industrial/Business Park these days.

The free market’s creative destruction never stops.

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George Hostetter

George Hostetter is a contributor to CVObserver and advisor to The Collegian, the student newspaper of Fresno State.

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