Madera District Fair has signed a historic lease agreement with Newman Development to create The Commons at Madera Fair, which will include the widening of Cleveland Avenue and the addition of businesses such as Lowe's and Chili's Restaurant.
Site preparation is scheduled to begin Monday.
"The agreements were signed by (the State of California) Fairs and Expositions and the Department of General Services at 4 p.m. yesterday," said Scott Sample, chief executive officer of the fair, on Friday.
A preconstruction meeting convened Friday in the Madera City Council Chambers.
The documents that were approved included a memorandum of lease, an operation easement agreement, a development ground lease, a right of first offer and a non-disturbance agreement, among others.
The work during the Thanksgiving-shortened week will consist of grading and earth moving to prepare the project site.
Part of the project will include widening of Cleveland Avenue. That portion of the project will not begin until after the first of the year, to allow the area retail tenants to supply their customers' demands for holiday merchandise without the additional inconvenience of road closures and street construction, said project manager Chris Lang of Fisher and Son.
The general contractors on the project will be Fisher and Son of Burlington, Wash., with Blair, Church and Flyn Consulting Engineers of Clovis also involved in the project.