City seeks input on former sugar plantation village plans

City seeks input on former sugar plantation village plans

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu officials are moving forward with plans to redevelop a former sugar plantation village built in the early 1900s after promising renovations to residents of the largely neglected area decades ago.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Varona Village is one of eight communities built for Ewa Plantation Co. sugar workers and their families between 1900 and the 1950s. City plans to redevelop the site have stalled since the 1990s, due to the closure of Honolulu's leading housing agency, failed attempts to trade the property for state land and other factors.

City officials are now looking to turn the 26-acre community into an affordable housing development. They plan to seek out potential developers starting this summer.

A public meeting to discuss plans for the village will be held Tuesday.

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