Developers pull plug on west Maui development project

Developers pull plug on west Maui development project

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Developers have withdrawn plans to build 1,500 homes in a west Maui community, a decision that comes months after state officials rejected the project's environmental assessment.

The Maui News reports developer Bill Frampton informed the state Land Use Commission of his decision in an April 4 letter. He noted that the project, which has been in the works since 2005, had become too costly.

Frampton said Monday pulling the plug on the proposed Olowalu Town is "very unfortunate" for Maui families. The project included 750 affordable homes, stores, schools and parks.

Plans for the development had been put on pause after the commission turned down the environmental impact statement in December. Officials cited shortfalls with information regarding potential impacts on traffic, cultural resources and archaeological sites.

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