Testimonies on a Council-initiated amendment to fund $3.8 million dollars to reimburse U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the funds used to acquire the mauka Sugar Mill parcel were considered during the April 5th Special Budget Committee meeting at Honolulu Hale. Mahalo to all residents who submitted testimony on this measure, and mahalo nui loa to those who attended the hearing to provide their oral testimony!
This appropriation was approved as part of Bill 14, CD1, which is scheduled to be voted on by the City Council on April 20th, 2016.After the Aiea Sugar Mill closed in 1998, Aiea Community Association has spearheaded efforts to create a community facility on its properties that will provide the community with a multi-generational gathering place for Aiea’s residents and their children.
Currently, the Aiea Town Center plans call for the establishment of a community center on the Makai parcel, with a green area/park, and a senior rehabilitation or similar facility on the mauka parcel.
By reimbursing HUD for the use of its funds, the City administration and Aiea Community Association will have greater flexibility to develop community-oriented facilities without the constraints of HUD requirements for low-income housing.