November 17, 2000
Fresno State Arena Financing
Officials Confident of $103 Mil Donations
By Amy Williams, Staff Writer
FRESNO STATE -- Deborah
Adishian-Astone, a Fresno State University official said schematic
designs for the Save Mart Arena would be brought to the CSU trustees
in January. The proposed on-campus $103 million basketball arena,
when built-out, will contaion a 600,000-square-foot complex on the
north side of Shaw Avenue just west of Chestnut Avenue.
Cost of the elaborate structur is expected
to exceed $60 million. According to officials, the funds will be
raised mostly through private donations and the sale of privacy
Recently, however, in response to possibile
litigation, Fresno State President John D. Welty, Ed.D., pulled
the center from the Trustees' agenda in response to an appeal by
Clovis officials who warned the Arena would cause traffic jams as
well as noise, water and air pollution for Clovis resdients. Welty's
positition in the matter is that Fresno State is legally forbidden
from paying for roadway improvements that are off campus property.
In spite of that limitation, Welty told
reporters on Tuesday he would help find the $90,000 needed to pay
for Clovis street alterations and for adding a turn lane at Shaw
and Willow. Welty said the focus can now narrow to fund raising.
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