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(Wed., Dec. 2, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City is evaluating possible uses of the building that formerly housed Wailupe Valley School. The City is required by law to evaluate proposals from City agencies before offering the property for any other use.


            “This building is an important piece of City property in a residential neighborhood, and we will convene a community meeting soon to discuss the available options,” Hannemann said.


The City has regularly maintained and inspected the building and grounds since the state Department of Education transferred the facility to City control on Sept. 17, 2009 after closing Wailupe Valley School.


Crews today repaired graffiti and other vandalism that was discovered at the building late yesterday.


            The City is increasing security at the site to prevent such problems, and Honolulu Police are keeping a close eye on the area, Hannemann said.


            All City departments have been invited to make proposals for use of the property. Potential options now under consideration are to install a Board of Water Supply storage tank on the property to improve efficiency and help alleviate any future water shortages due to emergencies; and to relocate some Park and Recreation staff there. Soil testing will be conducted to determine whether the water tank proposal is feasible.





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