Goodfellow Brothers, a prominent construction company on the island, is laying off 100 workers--nearly half of its staff on Maui--because of a stalled project. California-based Eclipse Development Group planned to build a large retail center and outlet mall in Kihei--the Pi'ilani Promenade retail shopping center and Maui Outlets.
Eclipse hired Goodfellow Brothers to build the basic infrastructure, but, the project has come to a halt, following a decision by the State Land Use Commission (see front page story, "LUC Finds Landowners in Violation of Original Order").
"This project represented about 100 employees for us," said Goodfellow Brothers CEO Steve Goodfellow. "As the site work contractor, most of those would've been operating engineers, laborers, carpenters and field employees."
"I'm hopeful that the owner and the state Land Use Board can sit down and work out whatever the issues are that are going to be holding this project up, and get our guys back to work quickly," said Goodfellow.
Some have already been given their pink slip, and the rest will get theirs once they finish the other projects they're currently working on.
As part of procedure, the State Land Use Commission plans to hold another hearing in a few months to determine if the land should revert back to agricultural use.