New hotel proposed to service airport travelers

Location would be on 5 acres near Costco

A 200-room hotel geared toward airport travelers is being proposed in Kahului not far from Costco, the Kahului Airport and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, built by the same developer.

R.D. Olson Development of Newport Beach, Calif., wants to develop the 200-room Windward Hotel on 5 acres of the Maui Business Park Phase II. The hotel would consist of four stories, with elevator towers and onsite amenities, including a swimming pool, dining area, sundry shop, laundry room, ballroom, board room business center and other support services.

It would primarily serve travelers “as well as others requiring accommodation in Central Maui,” according to the hotel’s draft environmental assessment, published Wednesday in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s “Environmental Notice.”

“We believe that our proposed project is a good fit for the location,” said Anthony Wrzosek, vice president of planning and development for R.D. Olson.

The hotel would occupy a triangular plot of land near the entrance to airport, bordered by Haleakala Highway and Airport Access Road. R.D. Olson plans to acquire the hotel property from Alexander & Baldwin Properties after the land use entitlement process is complete, according to the project documents. The new hotel would be within walking distance of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, which R.D. Olson also developed and opened in June 2012.

Early estimates put the cost of the hotel at $37.5 million. It’s also expected to generate 218 jobs during construction. The project would require a change in zoning from light industrial to hotel, as well as an amendment to the Wailuku-Kahului Community Plan from light industrial to hotel.

R.D. Olson has also proposed a 110-room, four-story hotel on a 3-acre lot at the corner of Wailea Ike Place and Wailea Ike Drive, which was reviewed by the Urban Design Review Board in December.

Also, a draft environmental assessment for the Wailuku Civic Center was also published Wednesday in the notice.

Billed as a way to revitalize Wailuku town and increase public parking, the county-proposed project would be located on a roughly 3-acre site that includes the municipal parking lot and two adjacent parcels bordered by Church, Vineyard, Market and Main streets. The complex would include a three-story building for county offices, hearing and meeting rooms, a third-floor event facility and ground-level flex space for lease that could include a public market or food hall, as well as a museum space.

The complex would also include a landscaped public plaza fronting Vineyard Street, as well as a four-level parking structure in the interior of the lot.

Mayor Alan Arakawa requested $81 million for the complex in his fiscal 2019 budget, but the council cut it down to $44 million, saying it would make more sense to fund the project in phases.

Supporters of the project have touted the new businesses it could bring to the town and the much-needed parking, though opponents have said the project is far too large and too costly for the area.

Comments for both projects are due Sept. 7. Comments on the Windward Hotel project can be sent to the Maui Planning Commission and staff planner Tara Furukawa at 2200 Main St., Suite 619, Wailuku 96793 or by calling 270-8205 or emailing tara.furukawa@mauicounty.gov.

Comments on the Wailuku Civic Complex can be sent to the Maui County Department of Management at 200 South High St., Wailuku 96793 or by contacting Managing Director Keith Regan at 270-7855 or MD.Office@mauicounty.gov.

* Colleen Uechi can be reached at cuechi@mauinews.com.

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