A vacant lot at the corner of Howard Road and Pine Street is making way for a building that will be home to stores and an office.
For many longtime residents of Madera the lot was the former home to weeds, summer dust, and signs advertising service clubs. It was also a shortcut for kids on bikes cutting across from the alley between Howard and West Fifth Street.
Architect Gary Rogers designed the building plans. Rogers earned his degree at Fresno State University in 1962 and came out of retirement to open a Madera office at 450 S. Madera Avenue. According to Rogers, the structure will be complete in approximately 90 days.
The 5,000 square foot building at 1405 Howard Road will be the new home to Subway sandwiches, which is currently located one block to the west. It will also house a convenience store and a 1,000 square foot professional office space. A special turn lane into the parking areas is incorporated into the plan. The businesses will be operated by owner Baldev Singh and his wife, Manjit Sekhon...