John Lindt

John Lindt 

The city of Hanford went to court on the Bajun property behind Walmart, last week. It was a lawsuit filed by Richard Harriman two years ago on behalf of HEAT (Hanford Environmental Awareness Team) and the San Joaquin Environmental Defense Center on a 216-unit apartment project.

According to Community Development Director Darlene Mata, the city agreed to “consider” removing a fence that would allow the service road next to the project at the ponding basin allowing a walking path for locals. The basin is considered part of the old Mussel Slough. The matter will now go to Hanford City Council.

The settlement, not yet finalized by a judge, will not include any payment by the city of opponents' court costs. Mata says with the settlement, the stalled apartment complex can obtain a building permit.

Lemoore multi-family project moves forward despite opposition

Despite opposition from NAS Lemoore and nearby Leprino Foods, the Lemoore Planning Commission in September approved a plan submitted by Fresno’s Granville Homes to build a 141-unit multi-family development west of Highway 41 at the northeast corner of Bush Street and College Avenue.

City Manager Nathan Olson says, as a result, construction has already begun. As to the opposition, Olson says the two entities are concerned about noise complaints in the future. He adds that the Navy has “signed off” on future development allowed in the general plan as long as it is east of the college.

Bird Street brewing permit approved

Looks like Lemoore will get its first micro-brewery now that the city Planning Commission has approved a conditional-use permit for Bird Street Brewing at 242 Heinlen Street. The brewery is owned by Philip Wren and Rosalind Wong. They brew beer under the “Highway 198” label.

Home sales climb 18 percent

Kings County existing home sales climbed 18 percent in August, year over year, says the California Association of Realtors. The median price of a home was $225,000, up from $209,000 a year earlier.

Kings jobless rate 7.4 percent in October

Kings County’s jobless rate was another single-digit number last month - 7.4 percent in October 2017, down from 9 percent as of October 2016 and 10 percent in October 2015. Boosting the number of jobs was an increase of 600 non-farm jobs year over year and 400 more farm jobs, due likely to the increased water supply.

John Lindt is an independent business reporter. He can be reached at

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