Kawaihine Village Apartment Project

100% Affordable Rental Project in N. Kihei set to break ground this year

1/12/18 #kihei
This morning at the KCA office, several KCA directors met with Thomas “Tom” Fisher concerning this proposed project set to be built at the mauka end of this North Kihei road this year.

Several years ago we did a site visit of the land for a proposed prior project, and in March of 2016, we testified at Council Chambers to extend the 201-h process for “fast track” affordable housing for an additional two years, as the land owner had financial challenges. We felt the need for affordable housing was so great, it was worthwhile to see if this could be solved, and we see the outcome can be an improvement, as the prior project to sell homes will now be directed toward the greater need of truly affordable rentals .

That two year extension is up this March to break ground, and Tom said Ikaika Ohana was capable of doing this if the County grants the required permits. Further this can mean renters moving in in 2020.

The draft environmental assessment (DEA) has been completed for development of the project, a 120-unit affordable rental housing project on nearly 9.3 acres in north Kihei. Comments are due 2/7/2018.

The unusual triangular lot of open grassland, located at the mauka end of Kaiwahine Street and the Hale Pi’ilani subdivision is set to be constructed in two phases, but Tom indicted they plan to do all in one action for neighborhood convenience.

Phase 1 would have 64 units – 32 two-bedroom and 32 three-bedroom units (including a manager’s unit). And, phase 2 would have 56 units – 32 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units. Rents are proposed to range from $371 to $1,076 per month which is what we consider truly affordable. The project is already required to construct a huge water tank and pave the entire roadway. This road is already overwhelmed, as it was before A & B began their larger mixed residential project at the edge of the Pi’ilani Highway. We testified at three Council meeting to require A & B to do more regarding this situation, but they were not forced to do so, leaving this time and expense to the Kaiwahine Village rental project instead. See also article in Maui News 1/15/2018.

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2 Responses to “Kawaihine Village Apartment Project”

  1. How can this really happen ?
    What happen to the water being “short” 30%,
    And the roads can not handle all the added car`s.
    The “parking” for all the cars that comes with the units…there just is not enough room to handle the volume…all of this was said at the meetings` some time ago.
    The fire department said it was not a “good” plan, the trucks can not turn around, just too many units & short water.
    Just how many times will the County bend the rules/look the other way for the developers to make money.
    Try hard to really “help” people & give them what they want…Homes
    to grow a family ?
    KCA & the people who live in the neighborhood do not want this to happen, we signed a partisan & spoke at the County Council.
    Just ask the people who want to buy a a home/affordable, no one wants to rent, much less by Monsanto`s working field of “GMO”.
    So just who will really “pay” for the road to be done..
    .the Tax payers ?
    Are we kidding…………

    Please with-hold my email address.

  2. Mahalo for your input. We do not censor these comments, but we do add info if feel there is a community need, as we do here.
    To begin, as far as we can tell you are not now or certainly not a recent KCA member, so there is no reasonable way you can state what KCA does or does not support. That leads us to question your following claim that ” people who live in the neighborhood do not want this to happen” Do you have a specific group for whom you speak? When did you speak at the County Council on this project? There have been several projects proposed from this land, but none went forward, and it is our recollection they were all to sell homes, not rentals. KCA did testify at a Council meeting almost 2 years ago at this location, but this is a new project by a different company Next to say “no one wants to rent” we hear the complete opposite, especially truly affordable rentals.
    A prior Council placed the requirement that the builder on this land is required to pave the road, so for new developer must pay for it