Repair timeline in place for burned-out Kenolio building

A building in the Kenolio Recreational Complex in Kihei that was damaged by fire more than two years ago is expected to be repaired early next year, according to Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Brianne Savage.

“There has been intent to restore the facility since the incident,” said Savage in an email last week. “But it unfortunately has taken quite a while to be able to restore the facility.”

The 1,920-square-foot building in the old Kihei School will cost the county more than $700,000 to repair – $400,000 has already been appropriated, with another $300,000 sought in the upcoming fiscal year budget, said Savage.

Damaged structural members and all plumbing and electrical systems will be replaced, and the building will be completely reroofed, she said.

A consultant was hired to examine the structure for hazardous materials, she said. Asbestos was found and has since been removed.

The project is expected to go out to bids later this month, she said. On that timetable, work is set to begin in September, with construction estimated to be completed in the early months of 2014.

When completed, the building is expected to look “essentially the same as before the fire,” she said.

The four-classroom building formerly held community activities, such as bridge club and dance classes, with those activities expected to return when the refurbishing is completed.

The building in the 7.2-acre complex on South Kihei Road once served as the 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms in the old Kihei School.

The fire in January 2011 was believed to have been intentionally set. No suspects have been identified in the case.