Channel Islands Harbor bids farewell to 49-year-old Casa Sirena hotel

While the Casa Sirena hotel would have celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022, the vacant and paralyzed hotel will be demolished and replaced by a new version.

VENTURA – The Casa Sirena Hotel at Channel Islands Harbor reportedly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022, but demolition of the vacant hotel began on December 27, 2021; the Lobster Trap restaurant is also included in the demolition.

In a December 23, 2021 press release issued by Channel Islands Harbor, Port Department Director Michael Tripp said preparations for demolition, such as removal of hazards, communication with port residents to proximity and the connection of the homeless with useful services, was in progress throughout the month of December.

“I would like to thank the agencies in the City of Oxnard, Ventura County and the non-profit organizations that have partnered to connect the homeless people who were in the vicinity of the demolition site with much-needed services. “Tripp said in the press release. “It was an important step in moving the demolition process forward. “

As of December 27, 2021, a chain link fence has been placed around the perimeter of the hotel property, and demolition production will take approximately six months from start to finish.

“This is great news for the port, and I’m happy that a new chapter is being written for this location,” said Tripp. “I have no doubts that the demolition and development of a new hotel will invigorate the port as well as residents, visitors and local businesses.

The replacement of the two dilapidated buildings with the new Hyatt House Hotel and the restaurant next door is part of a three-project plan for the end of Peninsula Road. In addition, the marinas will be rebuilt and the protective stone retaining wall will be replaced along with the construction of the hotel and restaurant. COVID-19 has stalled the development process for about 18 months, but hotel developer Brighton Management, a property management company, has said the project will begin by the end of 2021.

The demolition is the first step in a multi-year construction project that will revitalize the entire southern end of the Channel Island Harbor peninsula. After the demolition of the Casa Sirena, the port service will repair the riprap (artificial rock used to protect the shoreline structures against scour and erosion by water, waves or ice) surrounding the southern end of the peninsula.

The original Casa Sirena hotel, built in 1972, had 197 rooms with additional space for events. The hotel recently became vacant and has turned into a place where the homeless community takes refuge. Planned development of the location will include a new Hyatt House hotel and a new restaurant up to 5,000 square feet, comparable to but no smaller than the old Lobster Trap restaurant, which was located nearby and is also being demolished. . The proposed Hyatt House will consist of 210 rooms in a 55-foot structure and occupy approximately 203,000 square feet along the Channel Islands Harbor waterfront.

According to Channel Islands Harbor, the demolition of the two structures must take place before the second and third parts of the project can begin. Facilities must be removed before rip rap can be replaced so construction equipment can reach shore to remove and replace rock. While managing the replacement of riprap from water is feasible, it would significantly increase the cost of the project. In addition, it would have a considerable negative impact on the recreational use of water in the harbor. Accordingly, the riprap must be completed before reconstruction of the marina can proceed.

It is expected that the blasting and demolition of the hotel and restaurant will take four months, and the removal and replacement of the riprap will take six months. After replacing the riprap, it will take about 20 months to open the hotel and restaurant.

If everything is executed correctly, the new hotel and restaurant is expected to open in mid-2024.

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