Council to hear about rundown Oahu condo
HONOLULU (AP) — The City Council will talk about the condition of a vacant Honolulu condominium after neighbors have spent more than a decade complaining about broken windows, rats and human waste.
The unoccupied building in a five-unit complex has been empty for 20 years and has a history of complaints about break-ins, drug use and graffiti with the city, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Monday.
The condominium is in Waikiki and has drawn further attention because nearby buildings have been newly renovated.
“The building is a hangout for local youth and gets tagged with graffiti on a regular basis,” neighboring property owner Roger Brewer said.
City Council will address concerns this week.
Owner Norman Nip says the 9,500-square-foot property is for sale, but an agreement will only be made under the right conditions. Nip previously turned down two multimillion-dollar offers.
“After you paint it, someone puts graffiti on it, and we have homeless people all around the place,” Nip said. “Why do I have to bend down and cater to their likes and needs because it doesn’t look up to their standards?”
The city Department of Planning and Permitting has issued eight violation notices since 2008, which have all been corrected.