Proposed Waikapu development to get environmental review

Updated: Jan. 18, 2016 at 9:39 AM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The owner of a plantation on Maui who is looking to turn the property into a development with small businesses and more than 1,400 homes expects for the project's environmental impact statement to be submitted for review this week.

The Maui News reports plans for the proposal include developing about 500 acres around the Maui Tropical Plantation, building a 12-acre school and 200,000 square feet of commercial and mixed-use areas.

Owner Mike Atherton announced plans for the development last April, and says the outline for the project hasn't changed much since then.

But Atherton says the recent announcement from Alexander & Baldwin that it would close Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. by the end of the year will cause "economic hardship."

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