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MAYOR HANNEMANN DETAILS PLAN TO
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced an important new plan to preserve the historic nature of
The plan calls for the James Campbell Company to transfer the 119-acre village to the nonprofit Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC) for $1.00 (one dollar). HARC would maintain in perpetuity the plantation homes as affordable rentals for agricultural workers and retirees, preserving the village’s historic character.
The City was instrumental in developing this plan by bringing the parties together, supporting an affordable housing proposal by the Campbell Company and facilitating subdivision approval, and now will assist HARC with a zoning variance to preserve the current uses and structures in the village.
“When finalized, this agreement should bring peace of mind to Del Monte retirees living in
One of the many challenges in preserving
“This agreement would not have been possible without the Mayor’s leadership and support,” said Campbell Company CEO Steve MacMillan. “It is certainly a daunting task but we believe this is the most affordable and seamless way to help the residents of
HARC President Stephanie Whalen said she looks forward to the agreement’s final approval.
“We’re very pleased that this affordable rental housing will be maintained for agricultural workers, and we appreciate Mayor Hannemann’s help in reaching a solution that works well for everyone involved,” said Whalen. “This agreement will also protect the village’s historic rural
ILWU Local 142 President Fred Galdones said the union has been very concerned about the future of the village’s residents since Del Monte announced the end of its pineapple operations here. “These families have worked long and hard, and they truly deserve the housing security this agreement will help provide,” said Galdones.
Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation President Dean Okimoto said he greatly appreciated the concern for the workers’ future. “Mayor Hannemann has been very supportive of the agriculture industry and the people it depends on,” Okimoto said “He truly understands our needs and our concerns. We’re also very grateful to HARC for stepping up to the plate. There is a critical need for workforce housing and facilities to process agricultural products.”
Mayor Hannemann stressed that, in addition to preserving
Government Facilities – 16 acres of land in the City of
Mass Transit – In addition to land provided in the City of
Roads – A West Kapolei Roads Master Plan will be developed to provide for the timely construction of roadways to improve access within and around the projects, the City of
Day Care Facilities – Two acres of land will be provided for day care facilities in cooperation with the City’s Department of Community Services.
Affordable Housing – In addition to
Fire Station – 1.5 acres of land will be provided for a fire station in Makaiwa Hills.
The projects provide for 7,500 jobs and contribute to the creation of the projected 40,000 new jobs in the Ewa region by 2025. This economic activity in the region is expected to reach $90 billion by 2025.
Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928
|Wednesday, May 28, 2008|