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County considers purchase of Maui News property

The Maui News has a letter of intent from Maui County to purchase the land and buildings on the newspaper’s property at 100 Mahalani Street in Wailuku. — The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Maui County is considering the purchase of a 6.3-acre parcel that includes The Maui News offices in Wailuku.

The Maui News has a letter of intent from the county to purchase the land and buildings on the newspaper’s property at 100 Mahalani Street. If the sale goes through, The Maui News will lease the rear building from the county and continue operating at its current location.

The Maui County Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee will discuss the potential purchase at its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the proposed resolution, “the property has been identified as a suitable location for County of Maui government offices.”

If approved, the purchase would not be allowed to exceed $9.8 million.

The Maui News is in the process of relocating all employees to the rear building, which is a mix of office and warehouse space. Transitioning to smaller facilities is a trend for many newspapers, and The Maui News is no exception, as the coronavirus and lack of tourism have impacted many businesses in Hawaii, the company said in a statement.

“The newspaper plans to be an important part of the Maui community for years to come and looks to find new ways to operate and generate new revenue,” the company said. “We thank our readers and advertisers and look forward to finding new and better ways to serve and support our amazing community.”

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