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Environmental impact finding clears way for airport project

October 3, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A finding of no significant environmental impact has been issued on the proposed consolidated car rental facility for Kahului Airport, and officials hope construction can begin in March.

The final environmental assessment found that wetlands near the airport would not be affected as well as federally protected species such as the Hawaiian hoary bat, Hawaiian stilt and Blackburn's sphinx moth.

The project needs a special management area permit from the Maui Planning Commission and other governmental approvals.

In August, Gov. Neil Abercrombie released "an additional" $7 million for design of roadway improvements and the consolidated car rental facility.

The airport car rental facility would house all rental agencies in one three-level structure. It would provide airport employee parking on its roof, allowing for more parking in front of the airport. The structure mainly would be used for rental car pickup and return and for car washing and other car-prepping activities.

The facility would be located on 16.7 acres southwest of the current public parking lot and encompassed by the proposed "Airport Loop Road." That road would allow traffic to flow through the airport area.

There would be 719 airport and car rental employee parking spaces and 400 rental car staging and storage spots on the third floor and a 15,000-gallon fuel tank in the facility.



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