Relocating and Expanding
August 9, 2016 – One of the first properties needed for the high-speed rail project belonged to Al Perez, owner of Main Event Graphics in Fresno. When he found out he'd have to move his printing business, he was nervous.
"I was very fearful in the beginning," Perez explains in a letter to the Authority's contractor that coordinated his relocation. "We were the second in line to be moved and nobody really knew how things would flow."
Perez says, despite his early fears, the agents he worked with were attentive and helpful. And he says the Authority offered him fair compensation for his property and the move.
Now, just four blocks away from its previous home, business is booming at Main Event Graphics.
"My business has grown," says Perez. "I occupy a larger shop and I've been able to take on more clients."
Moving a Main Event
August 9, 2016 – Al Perez, owner of Main Event Graphics and Boxing, explains why he's happy about relocating for the California High-Speed Rail project.
Dancing Into a Larger Studio
November 17, 2015 – Melinda Scharnick recently celebrated her business's tenth anniversary with a brand new dance studio in Northwest Fresno. She moved her studio from Fresno's Highway City neighborhood, after learning it was in the future path of high-speed rail. Although the relocation process took longer than she hoped, Scharnick says the move was worth it.
"I really love this area that we moved into," she says. "I'm very happy with the relocation and how we got into our studio."
Scharnick says the Authority helped her with moving and advertising costs. Stars Dance Studio held its grand reopening in early June.
"They didn't miss one day of dance," Scharnick says of her students. "We put our floors in while they were still dancing at the old studio and just opened the doors and they came in. They were very excited."
The new studio is twice as large as the old one, boasting more classroom, lobby and office space.
"Once we moved in here, we just really expanded and having the extra room has been great," Scharnick says. "We've gotten a couple of extra teachers. It's been great - we've grown a lot."
Growing in Fresno
November 17, 2015 – The story of two small businesses that relocated to make way for high-speed rail. Both are now very pleased with how the process turned out.
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