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Low income housing complex proposed near Piikoi Street

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More low income housing could soon be available in Honolulu.  But before the project gets off the ground the state wants to get the community's feedback on the proposal.

The development would be a mid rise building with 180 units.  The property at 902 Alder Street is owned by the State Judiciary. It already signed an agreement to build the residential complex, but it's not a done deal yet.

Rotting wood and broken windows are a couple of the less appealing features at the former Juvenile Detention Center next to Piikoi Street.

"I know there have been some maintenance issues at this point," said State Representative Scott Saiki, (D) House Majority Leader.

All but a dozen low risk kids have been moved.  The building is still used for office space and juvenile programs.

The plan would be to build a 15 story building with about 180 residential apartments for rent.  Because it would be funded with taxpayer money all the units would go to low income people at 60 percent area median income.

"Which equates to approximately $57,000 for a family of four," said Rep. Saiki.

Neighbors we spoke to were pleased there weren't plans to turn it into a homeless shelter which had been discussed before.  They do however worry about more traffic and less parking.

"There are buses that are always going by. There are wide roads. So hopefully traffic congestion will not be an issue for that project," said Rep. Saiki.

There are a lot of other apartment buildings in the area. It's right across from Sheridan Park.

No word on how much it will cost. It could take four years before it's built. The Judiciary would still use the first or second floors.

"No it's not homeless services," said Rep. Saiki.

There is a community meeting about the project tomorrow night.

Makiki Christian Church
829 Pensacola St
Tuesday Nov. 18
6:00 - 8:00 pm

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