EWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Long-awaited plans to revitalize a former plantation town are finally moving forward after several delays.
The city says it received two proposals to redevelop Varona Village, and the selection committee made an initial decision.
A conditional award was expected on Friday.
"The city had promised to rehabilitate the homes more than 20 years ago and sell them to plantation families at affordable prices," said Michael Esquibil, a concerned resident.
"I'm excited and at the same time skeptical because we've been waiting so long and I don't know how much of our voice will be heard in what we want in terms of our community," Esquibil said.
The city won't identify the selected developer until confidential negotiations are finished.
The completion of a development agreement is expected to take four to six months.