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Old 03-24-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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The dilapidated rooms at the Wagon Wheel Motel and Restaurant in Oxnard were no match Wednesday for an excavator and its oversized bucket intent on tearing the place down.

Barring a setback, the aging roadside rest stop built by late developer Martin "Bud" Smith in the 1940s should be leveled by Friday, according to the development firm that controls the prominent property at a gateway to the city, near Highway 101 and Oxnard Boulevard.

Plans call for the 64-acre area that extends well beyond the Wagon Wheel site to be renovated with a large-scale development.
Mixed feelings about this, for sure. It's a landmark, but an eyesore of a landmark. And the City of Oxnard never met a development project it didn't like, so we could just be trading one eyesore for another.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I drive past there everyday and think that it is time. The fact is that if Bud Smith was still around that place would have been redeveloped long ago. I remember reading an article in the Star where he was being interviewed. He said that if he had to do it all over again he would have built more. He explained plans that he had for the Wagon Wheel area as well as a third tower between Tower 1 and Tower 2 that he wanted to build. I remember back in the late 1980's as you walked into Tower 2 they had a model of all the buildings there including the proposed building. It was shorter than the 22 story tower 2 but still larger as it was more of an rectangular shaped building.

back then the plan for Wagon Wheel was to raise it and build high rise buildings after he completed building the remaining tower.

It will be sad to see it go but I am excited to get something new in there. During the past year or so they have had 4 or 5 fires in some of the buildings.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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When I drive past that place, I always see busted out windows and kids skating there. I suspect some people might have been using the place as shelter since there is no one around to police it.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Nipomo
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Good riddens to that place. the hotel has had some of the worse crooks there! Some despicable crimes.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Progress ... I suppose ...
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Ventura, CA
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Been there lately? More of an eye sore now that it's piles of rubble sitting there.


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