By Anthony Pignataro
Here are 12 proposed projects that residents should be watching. Of course, some are worse than others, but on the whole, these developments will alter Maui radically over the next decade. Piilani Highway in Kihei alone will get six to seven new traffic signals to handle the new neighborhoods that are going in. Consider the following list a brief outline to the proposed growth, rather than a rigorous examination of the merits of the projects:
1. Waiale Community Development Project: Who wouldn’t like a 2,500-unit project that will house 5,000 or so people in Waikapu? Alexander & Baldwin thinks no one will mind that the affordable housing going in will be on land either on or near an old landfill, asphalt processing yard, sod farm, scrap yard and sand dunes loaded with old Hawaiian burial sites.
2. Developer Mike Atherton has proposed a big 900 to 1,100-unit project near the Maui Tropical Plantation, though what it will exactly consist of keeps changing. It currently includes a 1,200-acre agricultural preserve, which would be rather unique.
3. Wailea 670: Somehow this project still struggles on, through four or five ownership changes. Anyway, it’s still proposing 1,150 units in South Kihei mauka of Piilani Highway.
4. Haleakala Ranch has partnered with Goodfellow Brothers and Woodbridge Capital to put in 1,000 residential units in the Maui Technology Park area.
5. Kaonoulu Ranch owns a sliver of land that stretches from Kihei to Kula. They’d like to put in a new village.
6. The Ohukai neighborhood is planning to expand further up the hill in Kihei.
7. In North Kihei, near the intersection of Mokulele and Piilani Highways, A&B would like to build something like 600 new residential units.
8. Pulelehua: This popular Maui Land & Pineapple Co. project situated around Kapalua Airport will include 1,000 new units, about half of which will be considered affordable housing (it also includes affordable housing spurred by the construction of the company’s already approved Kapalua Mauka project).
9. Kaanapali 2020: At full build-out this project’s Puukolii Village will include 900 units, with hundreds more planned to line the current golf course.
10. Amfac’s plans for the old Pioneer Mill include 1,100 residential units that will stretch clear to the southern end of Lahaina Town.
11. The State Housing Development Corporation is working with Hawaiian Homelands to put in a couple thousand units just south of the Lahaina Civic Center.
12. At Olowalu, the West Maui Land Company is planning to build a virtual city of 1,500 residential units which will house something like 3,000 people.