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Owners of Piʻilani Promenade Modify Project

Map of project site. Image courtesy EISPN prepared by Chris Hart and Partners, Inc. [1]

Map of project site. Image courtesy EISPN prepared by Chris Hart and Partners, Inc.

By Wendy Osher

The owners of Piʻilani Promenade, Sarofim Realty Advisors today announced that they have modified the project in response to community input.

“The proposed project has been modified in response to input received from the Kīhei Community Association Board of Directors, the community meeting in which attendees were able to meet with the owners and planning experts to directly share their views one-one-one and to make suggestions on the project, and public and agency comments received during the EISPN process,” according to a statement released by Sarofim Realty Advisors.

According to new information released by the owners, current plans call for the development of a mix of business/commercial, light industrial and apartment uses on 75 acres of land in South Maui.

As part of a workforce housing ordinance, 25% of the apartments will be offered for rent as affordable units, owners said.

According to earlier reports, the project is planned on land mauka of the Piʻilani Highway in the vicinity of the Kaʻonoʻulu Street intersection, across from the Ka ʻOno ʻUlu Estates.

An Environmental Preparation Notice described the parameters of the project noting that the north boundary of the property is adjacent to the Piʻilani Shell gas station and Kīhei Commercial Center; the south boundary is along the Kūlanihākoʻi Gulch and Kaʻonoʻulu Ranch; and the east boundary is ranch land that extends up to Kula.

According to Sarofim Realty Advisors, onsite infrastructure improvements include: water, sewer, roads, drainage, electrical, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, as well as landscaping. Maui Electric Company is also proposing a new substation on the northern end of the site, owners said.

“All off-site project improvements (new water tank, water line, road improvements, etc.) that are required by the County of Maui will be at no cost to the taxpayers and have been guaranteed with a cash bond provided by the owners to the County of Maui,” Sarofim Realty Advisors said in the statement.

Owner representative for the Piʻilani Promenade project, Charlie Jencks, also released a statement saying, “We are pleased to be invited to participate in the Kihei Community Association’s update on economic development, residential and job-creating projects planned for South Maui. We have met with the KCA Association’s board of directors several times and appreciate the opportunity to continue to keep the association and the community informed of current plans.”

Owners must still complete a draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be submitted to the state Land Use Commission in June. A public comment period will then commence as well as review of responses, with the filing of a final EIS expected later this year.

Owners say follow up actions will involve “processing of the Motion To Amend with the Commission and possible amendments to the Kīhei Makena Community Plan.”