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EIS filed for Kam drive-in features business, homes, hotel

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Robertson Properties Group Friday submitted an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control for its proposed mixed-use commercial and residential development on the site of the former Kamehameha Drive-In in Aiea.

As part of the EIS process, RPG will be hosting a scoping meeting to gather public comments on the issues that should be studied in the EIS for the proposed new zoning for the property. The meeting will take place on May 16, from 7-9 p.m. at Pearl Ridge Elementary School.

The project, currently referred to as the Aiea Zone Change, will encompass approximately 14 acres and is envisioned to be a smart growth, master-planned community with up to 220,000 square feet of commercial retail and office space and up to 1,500 residential units and a possible 150-room kamaina hotel.

"We are very excited about the concept for the project which would bring a unique mixed-use community to Aiea and in Oahu's urban core," said John Manavian, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Design & Development for RPG. "We want to create a community that will complement the current land uses of the region, and offer a unique living and gathering place for area residents of all ages and income levels."

The heart of the project will be a "main street" that traverses the site from Moanalua Road to Ka'onohi Street. Residents will be able to enjoy a mix of restaurants, retail shops and open public spaces along the main street and throughout the community.

The project is also being designed to be "transit-ready" by incorporating design elements that will encourage walking to and from the planned Pearlridge Rail Transit Station which will be approximately quarter-mile away.

"The General Plan of the City and County of Honolulu calls for directing growth to the urban center as a way of providing home ownership opportunities to Hawaii residents while at the same time preserving Oahu's rural areas. We feel that the project supports that vision and will become a great economic boost for the region because of the significant number of jobs and tax revenue the project is expected to create," added Manavian.

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