Big Island landowner plans 940 new homes in Puna after devastating lava flows

Big Island landowner plans 940 new homes in Puna after devastating lava flows

HONOLULU (AP) - A Big Island landowner is planning to add about 940 homes to the Puna community of Keaau, an area in need of housing after lava flows destroyed hundreds of homes in neighboring areas.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state Office of Environmental Quality Control published a draft environmental assessment last week on the project by W.H. Shipman Ltd.

The plan calls for about 400 multifamily homes to be built in a denser environment and 540 single-family homes in a more rural setting. The plan will about double the number of residences in the area south of Hilo, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from where lava erupted near Pahoa.

The project has been in the works for several years, but it aligns with Hawaii County's efforts for new housing in Puna.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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