$100mil southwest Fresno warehouse development faces environmental lawsuit

An environmental justice group is suing the city over a recently-approved $100 million, 1,000-job development project.

A major development project in southwest Fresno faces a new hurdle toward completion just weeks after gaining approval from the Fresno City Council. 

A southern California environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the city over the project being developed by international real estate firm Scannell Properties. 


The backstory: Scannell Properties plans to develop 48 acres located at the northeast corner of N. Marks and W. Nielsen Avenues, totaling a $100 million warehouse project. 

  • Last month the city council rejected an appeal of the project, allowing it to move forward. 
  • The property would be developed to have four offices and warehouse buildings that would be configured for heavy industrial uses, totalling over 900,000 square feet. 

The big picture: Golden State Environmental Justice Alliance, based out of Corona, has filed a lawsuit against the city and Scannell Properties alleging that the project would result in damaging emissions to a region already burdened by pollution. 

  • Golden State Environmental Justice had already appealed the decision along with Arias to the council. 
  • The environmental justice group filed the lawsuit in the Fresno County Superior Court on March 1, claiming the project’s environmental review violates state law. 

What they’re saying: The lawsuit came as no surprise to Scannell Properties. 

  • Nick Audino, the project’s broker, told GV Wire that the company plans to move forward with construction. 
  • “I think we knew that there were going to be some additional challenges that came after our city council approval,” Audino told the publication. “But the city council approval was a major step in the process for Scannell and whatever remains before we’re able to get vertical with new construction is simply what’s next.”
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