Monday, March 15, 2010

Grand Jury report Blames City of Fresno

The ballparks at the failed Granite Park Development will continue to belong to the City of Fresno.

An auction held for the Central Fresno property on Friday, failed to attract any bidders. That means the property will remain under the ownership of the city.

The City of Fresno has owned the property, after the foundation that originally owned the land defaulted on loans.

The parks haven't been used in over a year.

Development on Granite Park began back in 2002, when the developer approached the city about making the 42-acre parcel of land an indoor and outdoor sports complex.

However that vision never fully came to be. Last year, the development ran into trouble following claims the developer did not pay bills and workers' wages.

A Fresno Grand Jury report, released earlier this week, blamed the City of Fresno for the development's woes. The report said the development never should have been approved by the City, citing reasons such as not having a project manager, lack of conformance with city codes, not requiring the developer to produce a business plan and a conflict of interest with the city's controller and the project developer.

The City of Fresno has 90 days to respond to the Grand Jury report.

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