District Gifted Land for West Fresno Campus


Photo by: Larry Valenzuela

The 13.51 acres of land on Walnut and Church avenues is where the State Center Community College Distrct plans to build the West Fresno campus.

The West Fresno campus is one step closer to reality, after the State Center Community College District was partly gifted 13.51 acres of land on Walnut and Church avenues, according to a press release.

In a unanimous vote by the board of trustees on Feb. 6, the district agreed to accept half of the land from TFS Investments and spent $675,500 to purchase the other half.

TFS Investments LLC is a 14 year-old company, run by CEO Terrance Frazier. The company’s vision is to enliven the inner city while also engaging large investment groups to supply residential projects, according to its website.

SCCCD Board President Bobby Kahn expressed the board’s gratitude to Frazier in the press release announcing the gift.

“The gift from TFS Investments LLC, along with the purchase of additional property, puts S tate Center Community College District one step closer to making the vision of a West Fresno campus a reality,” Kahn said.

In June 2016, the district passed Measure C, a bond of $485 million dollars in the hopes of improving facilities and creating new ones. The future West Fresno Campus is one of those projects.

Architectural firm SIM-PBK, located in north Fresno, will work with FCC President Carole Goldsmith and a committee of faculty, staff, administration and community members in the design process of the new campus.

The center is expected to offer courses in basic skills, general education, and career and technology programs.

Paul Parnell, chancellor of SCCCD, said the donation would have a huge  impact on Fresno as a whole.

“The money saved from this huge donation made by Terrance Frazier and TFS Investments LLC will go towards enhancing the programs and services for SCCCD students,” Parnell said. “This is an amazing beginning to an absolutely great project for West Fresno, the city of Fresno, and the entire district.”

The State Center Community College District serves more than 50,000 students. With a coverage of 5,500 square miles, the district equals the size of the state of Connecticut.

Frazier said he had a personal interest in the West Fresno project.

“As an entrepreneur and developer, I have always had a heart for West Fresno,” he said. “My family’s nearly $1 million gift will ensure a college campus is no longer just a dream, but rather, it gives our kids and families the future they deserve.”