The Maui News - The $72 million Downtown Kihei project cleared its environmental review on Tuesday, March 12. The Maui Planning Commission determined that the project poses no significant impact to its surroundings, including neighboring wetlands. The commission's action means Krausz Companies Inc., the project developer, will not need to do a more extensive environmental impact statement. Downtown Kihei plans call for a "pedestrian-oriented development" with a village square, promenades and a four-story, 150-room hotel affordable for visitors from Neighbor Islands. The project includes a movie theater, restaurants, shops, businesses and medical offices on 27 acres bisected by Pi'ikea Avenue. Although the development advanced with the unanimous consent of commission members, its traffic mitigation plans for the middle of congested Central Kihei remained unresolved.