Last August, my staff and I submitted requests to repair the large cracks forming on the walls of Nuuanu Stream at the mauka end of Sun Yat-Sen Mall, and an increase in the height of the wall of Nuuanu Stream near the River/King Streets intersection. Area businesses reported witnessing elderly individuals falling over the wall at that corner, and falling into Nuuanu Stream. HPD reported 32 falls at this location from 2012 to 2015. We have asked Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to include wall repairs to improve public safety.
Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) reported this month on repair of the cracks in the Nuuanu Stream wall: an Emergency Procurement Request was approved on by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) on October 6th, and transmitted to the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS) on October 12th. A Notice to Proceed was issued on December 10th and the design phase for the repairs is now underway, pending approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Health. We hope that the emergency repairs can be undertaken within the next 90 days – and before the cracks become even larger.
My staff and I have also requested immediate removal of rats infesting Marin Towers, which was reported by a resident last month. The infestation of rats was apparently discovered in November and was reported to have been caused by a neighboring construction project. Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) property management staff have reported that holes through which rats entered the rental housing towers have been patched, and a new extermination company has been contracted to remedy the problem. We are monitoring the department’s progress in removing this health hazard from its rental property, which is located adjacent to a City-acquired parcel that will be used for the Chinatown mass transit station.