California company plans to develop a Maui â€œdestination point.â€ â€œOur intent is that both sides will be developed retail spacesâ€¦ â€
Trisha Smith, Maui Weekly
February 3, 2011
The advent of Mainland chains and discount stores is not going to go away, as there continues be an assortment of developers prospecting to build major shopping complexes and mixed-use communities.
â€œIf Kihei has to grow, itâ€™s going to grow mauka of Piâ€˜ilani Highway,â€ said Maui County Planning Director Will Spence at Januaryâ€™s Kihei Community Association (KCA) meeting. â€œWe do need to avoid putting places in where drainage issues occurâ€¦ and plans need to deal with the transportation issues to occur with development.â€
During the Jan. 18 meeting, residents revealed frustrations with the ongoing hurl of projects proposed for Kihei while copious numbers of residential units and retail spaces remain vacant and continue to increase.
â€œHow many of these projects are set in stone and how can the community give input?â€ a resident asked the new planning director. â€œItâ€™s sadâ€¦ thereâ€™s amazing sprawling happening here, ranch lands disappearingâ€¦ Will, help!â€ she pleaded.
Spence assured that many proposed projects donâ€™t get built. He couldnâ€™t divulge how many or the status of those offered for the area, as he still needed to â€œcatch up on planning projects in Kihei.â€
KCA President Jon Miller shared his aggravation regarding rumored plans for large department stores proposed for new retail developments on lands that lie adjacent to the planned Kihei High School site.
â€œIt seems like thereâ€™s going to be some place like a Target, then a fence, then the high school,â€ said Miller. â€œHow did we get here?â€
Two proposed projects that include a retail center and outlet mall could indeed be coming to Kihei sooner than later. They are estimated to include over 703,000 square feet of retail space and restaurant spaces, and over 3,700 parking stalls.
The separate projects will be built on each side of the future Kaonoulu Street extensionâ€”which, when completed, will serve as an alternate roadway to Upcountryâ€”and are headed by Eclipse Development Group, a California-based company with projects that are â€œanchored by national brand name tenantsâ€ including Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Kroger and Best Buy.
A representative from Target Corporation confirmed that corporate representatives have shown interest in the property, but that there was no record of a store on Maui confirmed for opening, and no other information available to the public at this time.
Eclipse CEO/President Douglas Gray confirmed his company purchased 75 acres of land zoned light industrial in a deal that was finalized just a few months ago, and said the company is now â€œfully entitledâ€ to develop the area, which will be â€œdriven a destination point.â€ He said for nearly three years, Eclipse did their â€œhomework,â€ and came in on the â€œone-yard lineâ€ to score the site from another Mainland group that owned it for over seven years. â€œItâ€™s an exciting opportunityâ€”I couldnâ€™t pass it up,â€ said Gray.
On the companyâ€™s Website (eclipsedevelopmentgroup.com), â€œPiâ€˜ilani Promenadeâ€ is â€œtruly irreplaceableâ€ property currently in the pre-development phase, pre-leasing spaces from 1,000 to 160,000 square feet. A Grand Opening is estimated for early 2014.
Currently, â€œMaui Outletsâ€ is proposed to sit on 30 acres north of the future Kaonoulu Street extension, east of the Piâ€˜ilani Highway, and the remaining acres across the streetâ€”south of future roadwayâ€”will potentially be developed into a large retail center with a mixture of stores on lands adjacent to the planned Kihei High School.
â€œOur intent is that both sides will be developed retail spacesâ€¦ â€ said Gray.
Gray said his company is covering the costs to build the increment of new roadway that bisects the site, as well as the water tank and utilities off-site, working with Goodfellow Brothers on Maui. Nearly six to seven acres will be dedicated to the state of Hawaiâ€˜i and Maui County.
The public can view prospective site plans for Eclipseâ€™s parcels off Piâ€˜ilani Highway in detail at www.fforealty.com/coming-soon-maui-outlet-center and eclipsedevelopmentgroup.com/CS_maui.htm.
Project binders have been available at www.gokihei.org since December.
Read next weekâ€™s Maui Weekly for more on the formation of these projects, including the land parcelsâ€™ history, zoning, infrastructure and off-site improvements required for construction, as well as reasons why these retail developments will most likely be completed before the Kihei High School.