1302 Fulton-Acquisition of Former CVS Property


SCH Number
Public Agency
Housing Authority of the City of Fresno
Document Title
1302 Fulton-Acquisition of Former CVS Property
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project is for the acquisition of a commercial property located in downtown Fresno, California, formerly operated as a CVS pharmacy and associated parking lot. The Housing Authority of the City of Fresno, CA (the “Authority”) has purchased the Property and intends to utilize it as a parking lot for employees and visitors until such time as the Authority develops a future concept for the Property.

Contact Information

Michael Duarte
Agency Name
Housing Authority of the City of Fresno, CA
Job Title
Chief Real Estate Development Officer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Tuolumne & Fulton Street
Parcel #
466-153-14, 466-153-15 and 466-153-18

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15061, subd. (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
Common Sense Exemption - The “Common Sense Exemption” applies to this project. The Property currently contains a vacant building and the remainder of the property is being used as a parking lot. The Property is located across the street from the Fresno Housing Authority’s main offices and adjoins its annex administrative property. The Fresno Housing Authority intends to use the Property as a parking lot for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the project involves use of the Property in substantially the same nature and extent as the prior existing use. Therefore, there is no possibility the project may have a significant effect on the environment on the Property or in neighboring areas. While the Authority may, at some point in the future, propose an affordable housing development on the Property, the scope, nature, funding, or indeed even an outline of any such potential future project are unavailable and not yet contemplated by the Authority. Preparing an EIR or a negative declaration pursuant to CEQA at this time would not permit any meaningful information for environmental assessment because there are no parameters for future development. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15004, subd. (b); see also Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood (2008) 45 Cal.4th 116.) The Authority is not committed at this point to any future development and there are no agreements contemplating any future development. At the earliest feasible point during consideration of a potential project, the Authority will comply with CEQA to facilitate a meaningful discussion of impacts on the environment from any such future project. Moreover, by resolution, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Fresno, California has conditioned future development on CEQA review.
County Clerk


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