Division of Land and Pure Assets

Division of Land and Pure Assets

11/27/23 – Demolition of the previous Uncle Billy’s Lodge is scheduled to start

Posted on November 27, 2023 in DOCARE, House, Information Releases, Slider

Josh Inexperienced, MD
Governor Governor

Daybreak Zhang

For rapid publication

November 27, 2023

Demolition of the previous Uncle Billy’s Lodge is ready to start

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(HILO, HAWAII) – Asbestos abatement work will start on the previous Uncle Billy’s Lodge alongside historic Banyan Drive in Hilo, subsequent week. Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd., a domestically owned Hilo firm, is the demolition contractor that started mobilizing gear as we speak.

For the previous two and a half months, DLNR Division of Useful resource Conservation and Enforcement (DOCARE) officers have maintained a continuing, around-the-clock presence on the former Uncle Billy’s Resort and Lodge on Banyan Drive.

DOCARE’s final shift ends at 6pm as we speak. Since September 13, two officers have been on day and night time shifts monitoring the totally fenced property. Throughout that interval, there have been two breaches of the chain-link fence surrounding the property, however nobody was cited or warned.

For the previous few years, folks have been dwelling on this dilapidated constructing, which turned much more harmful after the invention of asbestos. Elimination of hazardous supplies might be required earlier than the demolition contractor can start demolishing the constructing and clearing the property.

“We understand how lengthy the Massive Island neighborhood of Hawaii, and folks in Hilo specifically, have waited to interrupt floor on Uncle Billy’s,” stated DLNR Chief Daybreak Chang. “We respect everybody’s endurance, as our major concern has at all times been everybody’s well being and security. It was troublesome to render this constructing unusable.” Lodging is essential to reaching this aim.

Since Isemoto Contracting removes asbestos from one a part of the construction, demolition work can start at these areas. Hazard mitigation and demolition work is scheduled to be accomplished by subsequent November.

Procurement, allowing and bidding necessities have been expedited below the emergency declaration issued by Governor Josh Inexperienced, MD

The last word future use of the property has not been decided and would require vital enter and thought from Hilo and Banyan Drive stakeholders.

The DLNR Chief’s Workplace and the DLNR Lands and Engineering Divisions proceed to collaborate on the Uncle Billy Mission with Hawaii Island Mayor Mitch Roth’s workplace, county departments, County Council, and state legislators within the space.

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(All photographs/video courtesy of: DLNR)

HD VIDEO – DOCARE Patrols at Uncle Billy’s (November 16, 2023):

Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Communications Supervisor

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