Asbestos removal from the office building at 2757 Wagon Wheel Road has begun and should be complete by Friday, March 25, 2011. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has cleared the city to issue the demolition permit for the building. The owner has stated that they will pull the permit on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
Fires and vandals have also added to the damage on a couple of other structures in the Wagon Wheel area. The area is bordered by the railroad tracks to the south, Oxnard Boulevard to the east, Wagon Wheel Road to the north, and Ventura Road to the west.
The City of Oxnard has also been notified by the property manager for the Wagon Wheel area that the contractor has been given notice to proceed and is assembling personnel and equipment to begin the demolition of the Wagon Wheel Motel and Restaurant. The property manager states that the work could begin no later than Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Before demolition can begin, the structures must be tested for asbestos. The owner has hired consultants to perform the asbestos testing, who have already obtained samples of materials from the structures. Preliminary test results indicate that a small amount of material on the site contain non-friable asbestos. Non-friable means the asbestos fibers are securely trapped within the materials, which contain the asbestos. Both the owner and the APCD are aware of these results on the materials recovered from the structures.
Asbestos fibers are of concern when the materials are being actively disturbed (crushed, move, broken, ground, sawed, etc). Non-friable asbestos is much more difficult to disturb. The APCD has stated the property is currently operating within applicable air quality laws.
Public Information Officer