Four months after the devastating Northridge earthquake, the Moorpark City Council is requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency pay for the demolition of an 80-year-old market knocked off its foundation during the temblor.
The city is requesting that FEMA pay $29,000 as the cost of demolishing the Mayflower Market on High Street and a wall at the Metrolink station.
Rifaat Hijaz, owner of the 20-year-old family business, said he is eager to have the building razed.
“The sooner they take it down the better,” he said.
Hijaz has operated the market out of a nearby storage shed. His family is eager to rebuild, but is still waiting on a $300,000 low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“We don’t know why it’s taking so long, I wish I knew,” he said.
“At least the city has been helpful.”