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How rail can impact many residents and business owners

Diana Knightglaz Diana Knightglaz
Nena Dela Vega Nena Dela Vega

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Many of those forced to move out of their homes or shut down their business to make way for rail, are struggling to soak in the election results.

Photos of Dillingham Boulevard at Kalihi Street show how it'll look before, and after rail is built.

Along this stretch of Dillingham, are three homes on the list of places Honolulu needs to tear down to make way for the steel-on-steel transit system.

The Afuso house, Teixeira house, and the Higa fourplex where this mom and her 11-month-old baby live.

Diana Knightglaz says she just found out on Election Day, the house she rents from will no longer be standing.

"The notice would be great so I can start preparing now, start saving money for a deposit, start looking at places, just all sorts of things that you need to get ready to move," said Knightglaz. "That's the part that upsets me. There was no notice."

Across the street from Knightglaz is this gas station and 7-11 store, also on the condemned list.

"I feel so sad because I've been at this store for 17 years," said store manager Nena Dela Vega.  "This is my second home so I'm so sad."

And on Ward Avenue, the City plans to acquire Kanpai's, formerly Tio's Mexican Restaurant. The owner just bought the place three months ago, only to find it'll disappear once rail is built.

The big question for those who must move is when they have to do it.

A call to the City's Transportation Department was not returned.

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