Public comment sought on Molokai Library’s draft EIS

Proposal is to place a new building near the existing facility

The deadline is April 9 for public comments on a draft environmental assessment for a new building next to the Molokai Public Library.

The state Department of Accounting and General Services proposes to build a new, 1,875-square-foot stand-alone building at the rear of the library in Kaunakakai. Built in 1937, the library is on Ala Malama Avenue.

The existing library is listed on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places.

The project aims to improve services by creating much-needed space for the library while not adversely impacting its historic character.

Under a 2011 development plan, the new building would accommodate a workroom, staff lounge and a new community room. And, the existing carport for a mobile library vehicle would be rebuilt with 700 square feet of space.

An environmental assessment is needed because the project involves the use of public lands or funding, and it’s located at a historic site.

Comments should be sent to the Department of Accounting and General Services, Office of the Comptroller, 1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu 96813. The contact person is Daniel Jandoc at (808) 586-0400 or via email at daniel.jandoc@hawaii.gov.

Or, they can be submitted to the project consultant: Munekiyo Hiraga, 305 High St., Suite 104, Wailuku 96793. The contact person is Yukino Uchiyama at 244-2015 or planning@munekiyohiraga.com.

The project is listed in the March 8 issue of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control’s newsletter, The Environmental Notice. It can be viewed at oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2018-03-08-TEN.pdf.

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