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DMVL is set to move into new service center in late 2020

First floor to be completed at A&B Business Park II

Work continues on the new Maui County Service Center in Alexander & Baldwin’s Maui Business Park II on Tuesday. The first floor of the building, which will house the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing, is set to open in late 2020. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The bottom floor of the new two-story Maui County Service Center — which will include the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing — in Alexander & Baldwin’s Maui Business Park II is set to be operational by the end of 2020, a county spokesman said.

Primary construction of the service center, currently located at the Maui Mall, is scheduled for completion by next fall, county Director of Communications Brian Perry said Tuesday. This includes all work, except for the second-floor improvements, which will occur later.

The first floor will be occupied by the DMVL, Department of Finance, Real Property Tax Division and the Treasury, he said.

“Pending County Council budget approval, we hope to begin construction of the new second-floor tenant improvements in late 2020,” Perry said.

The current work, which does not include the finish work of the second floor, has a $19.6 million price tag, Perry said. He did not have a cost for the second-floor work, which is in the architectural design stage. Officials with Alan Arakawa’s administration put the final cost of the service center at about $25 million.

The second floor will be occupied by the Development Services Administration of the Department of Public Works, the Department of Liquor Control, Department of Transportation and the Maui County Business Resource Center, he said.

These departments and divisions currently are in leased spaces — the Departments of Transportation and Liquor Control in the David K. Trask Building in Wailuku, the Development Services Administration (building, electrical and plumbing inspection sections) at 86 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului, and Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall.

The hope is for second-floor users to relocate by mid-2021, he said.

The lineup of second-floor departments and divisions has changed since groundbreaking a year ago due to “ongoing operational analysis,” said Perry.

The new service center is being built at the corner of Hookele and Alaihi streets with access from Alaihi Street. The two-story building will have 60,000 square feet on the 4-acre site with 360 parking stalls for 200 workers, fleet vehicles and visitors, according to a 2016 environmental assessment.

By comparison, the Maui Mall Service Center with the DMVL and property tax division and the Finance Department is 17,000 square feet.

The county finalized the purchase of the site from A&B for $7.1 million in November 2014. The deal also included 30 acres of beachfront property in Paia — between Baldwin Beach and Lower Paia parks.

* Lee Imada can be reached at leeimada@mauinews.com.

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