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September 21, 2007

 CITY SEEKS INPUT FROM WAIPAHU RESIDENTS ON TRANSIT STATION DEVELOPMENT AT SEPTEMBER 25 WORKSHOP

What kind of development do you want around the fixed guideway transit station in your community?

That’s the question that all Waipahu residents, businesses and community leaders will be able to answer at the City’s first public workshop on the Waipahu Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Neighborhood Plan.

The workshop starts at 7 p.m., September 25, 2007, at Waipahu Intermediate School. This will be the second in a series of neighborhood meetings on shaping development around the transit stations. The first was held at Leeward Community College on July 14, 2007.

Two stations are planned for Waipahu: one at the Farrington Highway/Leoku Street intersection, and the other close to the Farrington Highway/Mokuola Street intersection.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “I’m excited about participating at this first Waipahu meeting. We chose to begin with Waipahu because it will be one of the first communities to benefit from the fixed guideway transit system.

“When I was a City Council member, I participated in planning projects, such as the Waipahu Town Plan that has led to the Filipino Community Center, the new YMCA complex and the up and coming Avalon Development project in the mill yard. At the workshop, I want to repeat the productive, positive, forward-looking discussions we had on those plans.

“While transit is important to improving mobility choices, it is transit’s effects on surrounding lands that will have a dramatic effect on how we live, where we work, and how we attend to our daily needs.”

The workshop will offer ideas on how development around the stations can shape or reshape neighborhood character by providing improved pedestrian walkways and bikeways, more employment and housing opportunities, more open space and offer a higher quality of life.

The City is assisted by Van Meter Williams and Pollack, a planning and design firm with offices in San Francisco and Denver. It has participated in more that 30 TOD projects and has won numerous awards for community planning, architecture and affordable housing.

 More information is available on the Department of Planning and Permitting website, http://honoluludpp.org/planning.

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Media contacts:

Bill Brennan  527-6928

 

Friday, September 21, 2007

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