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178-unit affordable rental project proposed

Catholic Charities Hawai’i plans second affordable project in heart of Central Maui

The Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project site on about 5 acres near the Kahului Post Office is shown. Catholic Charities of Hawai‘i is proposing a $66 million, 178-unit affordable apartment project for the A&B-owned parcel. — Munekiyo Hiraga rendering

Catholic Charities Hawai’i is proposing a $66 million, 178-unit affordable rental project in Kahului on the heels of its senior affordable rental development, also in Kahului.

Called the Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project, it includes four, three-story buildings with 108 one-bedroom and 70 two-bedroom units on about 5 acres at 150 S. Puunene Ave. An on-site community gathering space, mail room, office space for staff, parking stalls and private park, along with a two-bedroom unit for the resident manager, are also proposed.

A draft environmental assessment for the project was published Wednesday in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s “The Environmental Notice.”

If regulatory approvals, construction permits and financing go through, the project would be built in two phases, each expected to take 16 to 18 months. The estimated cost is $66 million, and the project will seek funding from the Hawai’i Housing Finance and Development Corporation, according to the notice.

Rentals would go to families who earn 60 percent or less of the county’s Housing and Urban Development Average Median Income, which is $58,500 or less, according to the 2020 guidelines. Maximum rent levels for 2020 would be $1,153 for the one-bedroom units and $1,384 for the two-bedroom units, according to the draft assessment.

Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp., a subsidiary of Catholic Charities Hawai’i, is in the process of acquiring the approximately 5-acre parcel, which is owned by A&B Properties Inc. The project is bordered by Puunene Avenue to the east, South Kaulawahine Street to the west, the Kahului Post Office to one part of the north and the Salvation Army site and County of Maui Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool to one part of the south.

“Affordable housing has been and continues to be an important need within the County of Maui and State of Hawai’i as a whole,” the applicant said in the draft assessment. “Population and household growth have exceeded the development of new housing units, exacerbating the demand for housing and increasing housing costs.”

Hale Mahaolu will provide on-site property management for Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project. The private nonprofit was organized in 1967 and has been a sponsor, developer, owner and manager of 16 different properties in Maui County.

Hale Mahaolu also manages Catholic Charities Hawai’i’s Kahului Lani $34.1 million, 165-unit affordable senior rental project.

The first of the two-phased project was completed earlier this year, with tenants moving in over the summer to occupy 81 one-bedroom, one-bath rental units and one resident manager’s unit located along Kane Street across from the Kahului Foodland.

The second phase will feature 83 units and a two-story multipurpose building, which will include offices for Catholic Charities Hawai’i to provide on-site case management services and programs for residents. The second phase is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Seniors ages 55 and older who earn 60 percent or less of the county median income are eligible for rentals.

Financing for the Kahului Lani project was provided by the Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corp., Bank of Hawaii, HHF LLC and Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp.

To view the full draft EA on the Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project, visit http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2020-12-23-TEN.pdf.

Comments are due by Jan. 22 and should be sent to the approving agency, the county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, by mail at 200 Main St., Suite 546, Wailuku 96793; by phone at 270-7351; or by email at director.hhc@mauicounty.gov.

The applicant and consultant should also be copied. Applicant Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp. can be reached by mail at 1388 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 7301, Honolulu 96814; by phone at (808) 429-7815; or by email at gary@gsfhi.com.

Consultant Munekiyo Hiraga can be reached by mail at 305 S. High St., Suite 104, Wailuku 96793; by phone at 244-2015; or by email at planning@munekiyohiraga.com.

* Kehaulani Cerizo can be reached at kcerizo@mauinews.com.

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