By Wendy Osher
Developers for the proposed Piʻilani Promenade in South Maui have filed a draft environmental impact statement for the project.
The project calls for the development of a mix of light industrial and business/commercial uses with approximately 226 apartment units on 75 acres of land mauka of the Piʻilani Highway in North Kīhei.
The project site is adjacent to the Kīhei Commercial Center to the north, Kūlanihākoʻi Gulch to the south, Piʻilani Highway to the west, and ranch land to the east extending up to Kula.
According to the DEIS document, on site improvements include water, sewer and road infrastructure projects, as well as a Maui Electric Company substation on the project site.
Offsite improvements include the installation of a 1 million gallon drinking water tank, and intersection improvements at the intersection of the Piʻilani Highway and Kaʻonoʻulu Street.
The Draft EIS is subject to a 45-day public review and comment period that runs through October 7th.
Project Background: (Information contained below is based on information contained in the DEIS and previous story coverage.)
The project first surfaced in July 1994, when Kaʻonoʻulu Ranch proposed the development of a 123-lot commercial and light industrial subdivision on 88 acres of land that included the 75 acres in the current proposal.
After gaining preliminary approvals for a large lot subdivision consisting of four lots on the property, the owners sold the lands in 2005 to Maui Industrial Partners, LLC.
The property changed hands again in September 2010 when 75 acres were sold to Eclipse Development Company , LLC.
The applicant originally planned to develop a shopping complex known as the Piʻilani Promenade; however, in May of 2012, a motion was filed against the plan with an order to show cause granted.
The motion was filed by three parties including: the Maui Tomorrow Foundation, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth, and Daniel Kanahele.
In 2013, Sarofim Realty Advisors became the owner of the property and took over plans for the entitlement process.
In February 2013, the state Land Use Commission, by a vote of 6-3, found Pi’ilani Promenade North (the shopping mall), Pi’ilani South (the shopping center) and Honua’ula/Wailea 670 in violation of the LUC’s 1995 order which allowed only a “light industrial” development.
In the days following the decision, Goodfellow Bros. said that it would lay off 100 workers  as a result of the ruling against the development.
In December 2013, the applicant filed a motion to amend the 1995 decision and order, in an effort to facilitate the development of the latest proposed project.