Downtown Revitalization Project in Fresno Blocked by Court Challenge

Crichton Square, a 28 unit townhome project by Granville at the corner of L and San Joaquin Streets in Downtown Fresno has been put on hold due to a last minute lawsuit filed by a group calling itself Citizens for the Restoration of L Street. The lawsuit was filed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) alleging that demolition of two decaying buildings known as the Crichton and Sayre Homes violates CEQA.
Citizens filed its lawsuit after the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission determined that both homes, while old, had been extensively altered from their original state and had fallen into disrepair. The Commission determined the homes were not worth preserving. Neither home was listed on the “National Register of Historic Places” or the “Local Register of Historic Places”. Both homes were offered for sale for one dollar and no buyers were interested in purchasing these homes. Citizens appealed to the City Council, which unanimously voted to uphold the Commission’s decision.
So, unhappy with the results of the public process, Citizens sued the City and several other public agencies, as well as the project applicant. As a direct result of the lawsuit, the Crichton Square project has been unable to proceed as planned.

Check out this latest article published in The Business Journal on June 22, 2012 for more information.

HARP – New Program Helping Homeowners Refinance their Mortgages

HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) is helping homeowners refinance their mortgages

Until March of this year, many homeowners that were not behind on their mortgage payments had been unable to get traditional refinancing to take advantage of historically low interest rates because the value of their home had declined.  Thanks to Making Home Affordable’s new refinance program – Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) – homeowners who are upside down on their houses, but still paying their mortgages on time, could find a more affordable, more stable mortgage.

HARP refinance loans require a loan application and underwriting process, and refinance fees will apply, but lowering your interest rate to today’s low rates could save you tens of thousands over the life of your refinanced loan.

For more information and to see if you qualify, click this link

Happy Easter from our family to yours

Today is a day to reflect on everything we’ve been given. Wishing you and your family a blessed day to celebrate all that is precious.

Let’s celebrate the beginning of Passover

It’s Passover. Let’s celebrate this joyous occasion with friends, family and loved ones during the festival of freedom

Lone Star Elementary & 3 Other Schools in Sanger Unified Named 2012 California State Distinguished Schools

Exciting news for SUSD! Four Sanger elementary schools have been named 2012 California State Distinguished Schools. Fairmont, Jackson, Lone Star and Quail Lake Environmental Charter School were among the 387 exemplary California public elementary schools that were today named Distinguished Schools for their innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap. All but one of the State Distinguished Schools in Fresno County are in the Sanger and Clovis school districts. Congrats to all of our teachers, students, and staff who have worked hard for this recognition of achievement!

Happy Nou Rouz – Welcome Spring!

Nou Rouz, the Persian New Year, honors the first day of Spring. It is celebrated in Greater IranCaucasus and Central Asia, and by Iranians worldwide. Nou Rouz is recognized as a public holiday in IranIndia, AfghanistanTajikistanIraqi KurdistanAzerbaijan, TurkmenistanUzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Granville would like to join you in welcoming Spring, and we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

To learn more about this very special celebration, please read:

Receive up to $17,000 with NO repayment – act fast, offer expires March 31st!

Visit the Sunnyside Grove Model Center this weekend to learn how you can receive up to $17,000 towards down payment or closing costs!

The CHF Platinum Program is back for a limited time! You may qualify to receive a grant of 3% of the purchase price of your home – that’s up to $8,500 in FREE money – to put towards your down payment, with no repayment required!

Plus, Granville will match the CHF Platinum Program funds, giving you the extra buying power – up to $17,000 – you need to move into your Granville dream home! Hurry, the Granville match expires March 31st!

Encore Model

There are a few restrictions, but most buyers qualify! Here are a few of the important details:

  • Not Limited to First Time Buyers
  • Borrowers must occupy home as a primary residence
  • Minimum 620 credit score.
  • Additional restrictions apply.

For more information, visit one of our model centers, call 559.445.9000, or email

February is African American History Month – Many local organizations pay tribute

February is National African American History month, which celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation’s history.

But did you know that this commemoration has roots dating back to 1926?

Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week in 1926 and he chose the second week of February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two key figures in the history of African Americans.

Known for writing the contributions of black Americans into the national spotlight, Dr. Woodson received a Ph.D at Harvard University and founded the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1915, then founded the Journal of Negro History in 1916.

In 1975, President Ford issued a message on the observance of Black History week urging all Americans to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by black citizens.” In 1976 this commemoration of black history in the United States was expanded by ASALH to Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and President Ford issued the first message on the observance of Black History Month that year. In subsequent years, Presidents Carter and Reagan continued to issue Messages honoring African American History Month. Since 1996, Presidents have issued annual proclamations for National African American History Month.

On a local level, many organizations celebrate this National observance with events and opportunities to learn about African American culture and history. The first upcoming event is this week and others will be featured in future blog posts.

Film Screening Celebrating African People’s History Month: Friday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

February 3: Freedom Riders (2011: Discussant: Cynthia George

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students-many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university-decided, en mass, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation. 120 minutes. Co-sponsored by African People’s History Month Committee

Freedom Riders Event

For more information: CineCulture Club:

MCJ Department:

Fresno Filmworks:

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is relaxed after 4 p.m. Fridays. CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).
CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

For further information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at
Liliana Madrid (Club President)

For more information about National African American History Month, visit

Happy Chinese New Year! 2012 – Year of the Dragon

Gong Xi Fa Ca! means “wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin and is the traditional Chinese New Year greeting. Monday, January 23, 2012 at midnight marks the first day of the Chinese New Year and is the most important of Chinese holidays, celebrated by over 1.3 billion people in China and by millions of ethnic Chinese around the world. The celebration lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2012, it’s the Year of the Dragon.

Image credit: Caseman via Wikimedia Commons.

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Freeze Warning Expected for Next Couple Nights – Protect Your Pipes

A Freeze warning is expected for the next couple nights. Granville Homes would like to remind you to take extra measures to prevent frost damage from occurring to your home this season. Frozen water pipes and sprinkler valves can create leaks and unnecessary damage to your home so follow these simple steps to keep your home safeguarded this winter.

There are two types of products available to insulate your exterior pipes. They come in the form of foam sticks or fiberglass wrapping tape. Either method will work fine just remember that these products are not UV stable and will need to be replaced at annually.  All parts are readily available at your local home
improvement center.

Take steps to minimize frozen pipes this winter:

Method #1:
Pipe Wrap Insulation
Pipe Wrap Insulation 3” wide 1” thick – made by Thermwell Frost King.
Wrap insulation around exposed pipe, cut off excess insulation, and secure with
pipe wrap tape.

Method #2
1” Foam Tubular Pipe Insulation
1” Foam tubular pipe insulation- 6‘ length – cut to fit.
Cut foam pipe insulation to correct length, wrap around pipe, and secure with

If you cannot make it to the home improvement store today, you can wrap a large towel around your pipes. Take care to ensure the entire pipe is covered with several layers of material. You may need to add duct tape to secure the towel in place. This method is only a temporary fix and we recommend you utilize method #1 or #2 above for a long-term solution.