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Sugar Pine Square – Groundbreaking

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Sugar Pine Square – FRESNO, CA (JUNE 5, 2012) –McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony today at the site of their new office building to be located on the northwest corner of El Paso and Fresno Streets. Working with Zinkin Development, the firm broke ground on a new 68,000 square foot three story office building that will be able to comfortably house 105 attorneys. McCormick Barstow will lease the building from Zinkin Development in the late fall of 2013.
In attendance at the ceremony were Lee Brand, City Councilman for District 6, Nick Zinkin and DeWayne Zinkin of Zinkin Development, and several of the law firm partners, including: Lowell Carruth, Jeff Reid, Todd Baxter, Stephen Carroll, and Ken Baldwin.
According to Ken Baldwin, “Our firm has been blessed with great success and growth during the many years we have been in Fresno. We have grown from seven attorneys in 1963 to approximately 100 attorneys today with offices in six cities around the country, including over 80 lawyers here in Fresno. We believe that with the help of Mr. Zinkin and his team, we have designed a building that will not only be impressive to our clients and comfortable for our staff, but also space efficient and energy efficient. The building will also incorporate the latest technologies that you would expect to a find in a modern law office.”
The law firm of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP is the largest law firm in the San Joaquin Valley. McCormick Barstow is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated law firm committed to providing the highest quality legal representation. The firm combines the individual talents of attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences into a multi-faceted civil law firm. McCormick Barstow has offices in Cincinnati, OH; Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV; Modesto, CA; and Seattle, WA and expertise in over 20 practice areas.

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The Fresno 40 Project Will Begin Construction


The Fresno BeeAugust 25, 2014

The Fresno 40, one of the city’s most fought-over pieces of real estate near Woodward Park, will soon begin a transformation that has been more than two decades in the making.

The developer and owner, Zinkin Family Development, expects to break ground in 90 days on a retail, office and multi-family development called Park Crossing. The first anchor tenant will be Sportsman’s Warehouse, the Utah-based sporting goods outlet.

A slew of national chain restaurants and retailers including a pet supplier, clothing and shoe stores, an upscale grocery store and a high-end liquor and wine tenant could follow.

The project has been about market timing, said developer DeWayne Zinkin Sr.

“A big portion of preparing the property would be the government entitlements and the other portion would be the economic outlook and how not only the developer looks at it, but also how the retailers look at the center,” Zinkin said. “The economy has to be in a position to facilitate expansion.”

The vacant Fresno 40 property — which actually measures 38.93 acres — bordered by Friant Road, Audubon Drive, Cole Avenue and Fresno Street in northeast Fresno has a storied history.

It was first slated for single-family homes. Then in 1990 the property was zoned for office use and became the proposed site for Valley Children’s Hospital. The hospital, now known as Children’s Hospital Central California, later decided to move to Madera County.

When Zinkin presented plans to turn the property into a mixed-use development, Woodward Park Homeowners sued twice over traffic and air pollution concerns. An appellate court sided with the homeowners on their first challenge.

Zinkin tweaked the plan, and in 2009, a judge ruled in favor of the city’s approval for the project. Two years later, with a favorable appellate court ruling in hand, Zinkin declared a victory and announced plans to move forward.

“We’ve reached compromises that worked for everybody,” Zinkin said last week. “We have all the entitlements. We’re very optimistic (about the project).”

The 200,000 square feet of retail space, which will have about five anchor tenants, will be built first along Friant Road and Fresno Street. Another 250,000 square feet of office space is planned for a section near Friant and Audubon while the multi-family portion, which will have fewer than 50 units, will be built on the backside along Cole.

The first tenants are expected to open by mid to late 2015.

Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff confirmed that the developer has submitted grading and utility plans but has not yet pulled building permits. The city is waiting for a revised site plan, he said.

Fresno City Council Member Lee Brand, whose district includes Park Crossing, recalls hearing development plans years ago when he served on the city’s planning commission.

When nothing happened with the land it became an extended part of Woodward Park with people walking by it or with dogs, Brand said.

“It’s a good area for the product,” Brand said. “It’s a prime piece of real estate in Fresno.”

“It’s a development that people will go to.”


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