Dundee dump site undergoing a makeover
BY SUSAN BRANNON
Newberg Graphic reporter
A nearly 13-acre, pie-shaped plot of land between Highway 99W and Fox Farm Road in Dundee is undergoing a transformation.
The land's new owner, Sha Jivanjee, purchased the property in August with a vision for its future. But first he must demolish a number of buildings, including a home and former chicken coop, recycle the materials and remove of the tons of concrete and cement dumped on the lot over the past decade or more.
"The tentative possible plan, is more like an RV park," said Peter Jivanjee, the owner's son and a contractor. "Not day use, but more like for short-term use so that people that are visiting for wine country have a place to stay. It's not solid in the ground yet, but it is the most recent idea and possibly a small little hotel will go there (as well)."
The Jivanjees have a lot of work to complete first because of the amount of debris found on the property.
"The prior owner allowed people to dump there, so not only is all this concrete there, there is a ton of garbage," Peter Jivanjee said. "This is our initial phase one. We had to see what is going on, how much concrete and how much garbage and we realized that it is 20 to 30 feet deep in some areas."
The debris included a camper, and garbage and debris that is both buried and litters the surface of the site. Peter Jivanjee's firm, ALL4U, is separating the garbage and so far has taken eight large Dumpster loads to the landfill. There is a collapsed building that they demolished and they are now separating the material and recycling tires. The question is, what are they going to do with old sidewalks, curbs and big chunks of concrete?
"What we decided to do is to rent a rock crushing machine," Peter Jivanjee said. "It's going to crush all the concrete into gravel, basically, which we can use for the roads as a base rock, so we can recycle the material. That is a huge task in itself. We are still trying to get the kinks worked out, but it looks like it is going to come in relativity soon and I think that it is going to take a month to get it done."
He added that the family has conducted an asbestos test on two other buildings on the site and are awaiting the results before they can demolish the structures.
"We only have a brief overlay of the design and a site plan and are still in the preliminary stage," Peter Jivanjee said. "We've been working on it for a month now and still haven't hit the bottom of the concrete areas. They have to take soil samples and (determine) how stable the soil is and what the weight is of what is going to be built. There is a lot of technical factors to finalize a plan."
Longtime residents of the area will remember that the site was originally owned by Willy and Debbi Owens. Willy Owens ran a landscape supply and nursery business on the land until his health declined in the 2000s. Debbi Owens is a former Yamhill County commissioner.