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Five years after Borderline mass shooting, building being demolished

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Five years after the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, demolition of the building has begun. (Mike Harris / PCBT Staff)

Five years after the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill that claimed 12 lives in Thousand Oaks, the building that houses the long-closed country music dance club is being torn down.

Workers on Nov. 9 were demolishing the roof and one of the building’s walls at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.

The building’s owner, Golden Enterprise, did not immediately return to call to the Business Times seeking comment.

Haider Alawami, Thousand Oaks’ economic development manager, said a demolition permit was issued to the owner months ago.

“We have not seen any plans for future development,” Alawami told the Business Times.

He said he was a bit surprised at the timing of the demolition considering that Nov. 7 was the fifth anniversary of the Nov. 7, 2018, mass shooting carried out by a Marine veteran who then killed himself.

The tragedy was commemorated Nov. 7 by several hundred people who gathered at the city’s Healing Garden in Conejo Creek North Park.

The garden was built as a memorial for the 12 victims.

The Borderline has been closed since the shooting.

email: mharris@pacbiztimes.com