Developers revive housing plan for Central Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Developers are reviving a plan for a Central Maui housing development that would include 450 multifamily units, retail and office space and a 15-acre park.

The Maui News reports the homes would be built west of the Kehalani master-planned community south of Wailuku.

The land has been vacant and fallow after years of pineapple and sugar cane cultivation.

It's currently designated agricultural. The project proposes to reclassify about 64 acres to urban and 144 acres to rural.

Project coordinator Blanca Lafolette says developers are working on a draft environmental impact statement they plan to submit early next year.

A Hawaii Housing Planning Study cited by an EIS preparation notice published Sunday said Maui County will need nearly 3,500 new housing and more than 2,000 new rental units by 2016.

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