Charlie Jencks, on behalf of Sarofim Realty Advisors, the owner of Pi'ilani North and South, released information about the company's plans for the mixed-use project in Kihei.
"Sarofim Realty Advisors has been receiving a number of inquiries about the current status of the company's Pi'ilani North and Pi'ilani South project," said Jencks in a press release.
"First, we would like the community to know that Sarofim Realty Advisors has been the owner of the property since 2010, and is now leading the planning and entitlement process," said Jencks. "Eclipse Development, the prior developer, is no longer associated with the project.
Charlie Jencks, Pi‘ilani project owner’s representative
"This change in direction is enabling us to engage with the community, including the Kihei Community Association (KCA) and other groups, to have direct discussions about the development of the project.
"We have held three meetings with the KCA Board and have met with additional community advocates, discussing design ideas that encourage connectivity, such as safe walking and biking paths separated from Pi'ilani Highway."
Jencks said the project concept has been revised to a mixed-use project that includes multi-family housing (including affordable units), retail, commercial and light industrial.
"The recent ruling by the state Land Use Commission (LUC) allows us until the end of the year to submit a Motion To Amend and develop a new plan for the property," said Jencks. "We will use this time to complete the project design concept, to publish an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project."
The Motion to Amend process will also allow the public to comment on the new proposed project.
"We plan to have a community-wide informational meeting on the project in late August," said Jencks. "In the meantime, no construction activity on the Kihei site will take place until authorized by the LUC.
"When the regulatory and entitlement processes are completed, we plan to move forward with a project that the community can be proud of and one that will provide jobs, tax revenue and a variety of uses for Kihei," said Jencks.
The project's required off-site improvements will include a one-million-gallon water tank and the first phase of the long-awaited Kihei-Upcountry Highway at Ka'ono'ulu Street. The water tank will improve the water pressure to the North Kihei water system for South Maui, said Jencks, including the new Kihei High School.
"These improvements and benefits will be at no cost to the county, the state or taxpayers," Jencks concluded.