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Office of Planning raises questions about Kihei ‘mega-malls’

July 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The state Office of Planning said it believes that the California landowner developing two Kihei shopping malls "has failed to substantially comply with its representations" of the project now under construction.

As a result, the office's director, Jesse Souki, said in a filing that the state Land Use Commission should revisit the project because it has shifted from the light industrial subdivision approved in 1995 to what's being called the Kihei "mega-malls."

The Office of Planning is responsible for making recommendations to the Land Use Commission. Souki's filing was in response to a hearing request by the Maui Tomorrow Foundation, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele.

That hearing is set for either Aug. 23 or 24 before the Land Use Commission.

The community groups contend that California-based Eclipse Development Group's planned Maui Outlets and Pi'ilani Promenade malls are dramatically different from the light industrial park previously approved for former landowner Ka'ono'ulu Ranch.

Eclipse has said that Maui Outlets will be a 300,000-square-foot shopping center on a 30-acre site, and Pi'ilani Promenade will be a 400,000-square-foot retail complex on 68 acres. Dust fences have been erected and grading work has been ongoing for at least the past month at the site, mauka of the Pi'ilani Highway-Ka'ono'ulu Street intersection.

Honolulu attorney Jonathan Steiner, who represents Pi'ilani Promenade North and South, said that he was unable to comment on the Office of Planning's response.



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