Abercrombie questions Ige administration's affordable housing claims

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Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 8:20 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - During Hawaii News Now's gubernatorial debate earlier this month, Gov. David Ige touted his affordable housing accomplishments.

"We've completed 5,300 new housing units statewide, all of which 2,000 were affordable," Ige said in the July 2 debate.

But when HNN asked for documentation, the list provided by the governor's office included a number of project launched under his predecessor Neil Abercrombie's administration.

"This business about 2,000 affordable homes. The list I saw, most of that was done in my administration," said Abercrombie.

An Ige spokeswoman said the governor stands by his numbers and added that the amount affordable units have actually increased since January to about 3,300.

Among the projects listed include 476 affordable condos in the first tower of the 801 South St. highrise in Kakaako. That workforce housing project was initiated during Abercrombie's tenure and most of it was completed before he left office.

The list also included 200 affordables at the Keauhou Lane project, 100 apartments at Symphony Park complex on Ward Avenue and 88 condos at 440 Keawe Street.

All of these projects were launched during the Abercrombie years.

"Too many people have worked too hard to accomplish too much to have somebody come in now for political purposes just trying to grab credit," Abercrombie said.

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