Union Oil Building

What's going on?

Chevron, through its affiliate Union Oil Company of California, has offered to donate the former headquarters of Union Oil Company of California to the City of Santa Paula. The donation would include buildings and a parking lot currently used by the California Oil Museum located near the corner of Main Street and 10th Street, a $2 million grant to enable the City to perform deferred maintenance and select memorabilia displayed in the museum. 

History

For over 130 years, the former Union Oil Company of California headquarters has been a major historic building that not only defines the town’s aesthetics but also serves as a cultural and economic anchor to businesses of all types in downtown Santa Paula.

Since 1993, Union Oil Company of California has leased its former headquarters and adjacent properties to the City of Santa Paula to operate the California Oil Museum. The City has been responsible for facility repairs and maintenance while the museum was run by the California Oil Museum Foundation, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the historical importance of the pioneering petroleum industry and its impact on the initial development of the region. However, as a result of financial hardships caused by the pandemic, the California Oil Museum Foundation closed the museum in September 2021.

As the current 15-year lease with Chevron is set to expire in June 2023, the City Council has spent the past year engaging Chevron to determine the best strategy to protect, preserve and financially support the property. In October 2022, the City Council requested to explore the opportunity to transfer ownership of the property to the City, which would expand funding opportunities to reopen the facility through federal, state, and local grants as well as capital fundraising efforts.

Chevron approached the City to propose a donation by Union Oil Company of California, which would include the historic headquarters building, the “Rig Building,” and an adjacent parking lot, $2 million to help the City address deferred maintenance the City did not perform on the property during its tenancy and select memorabilia already displayed in the California Oil Museum. The City plans to use the generous $2 million grant from Chevron to replace the roof and HVAC system, repair water damage throughout the building and make improvements to prevent flooding.

Official Request for Proposal (RFP)

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CAD Oil Building

Union Oil Building 3D CAD Design

Check out the link below to access a 3D CAD rendering of the Union Oil Building. Renderings provided courtesy of JP.

https://aerospacedesignmuseum.shapespark.com/oil_museum_final/



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The City of Santa Paula is collecting pictures and stories related to the Union Oil building to share during a third workshop in August. The City encourages residents and organizations to participate by submitting memories through the link below.Screenshot 2023-07-07 151050


Community Tour & Workshops

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July 26, 2023, at 5:30 pm
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August 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm
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Union Oil Building
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Request for Proposal (RFP) Questions & Answers

  1. Budget Costs

Question: I am inquiring to ask if there is a construction cost estimate or budget associated with the Use and Revitalization of the Historic Union Oil Building project.

 

Answer: There is not a budget. This RFP is focused on the use / programming of the building. There could be an opportunity for tenant improvements, but that would be negotiated once a user is selected. All capital project improvements will be the responsibility of the City.


The RFP does provide an opportunity for the applicant to include proposed tenant improvements along with their program / building use proposal. All improvements would be internal.