Earlier this month, I convened a discussion between Department of Land Management (DLM) representatives and Aiea Community Association (ACA leaders Claire Tamamoto and Jane Sugimura to hear about the department’s proposed Request For Proposal (RFP) for senior housing for the site. After this discussion, Department of Land Management provided an outline of its intended outcomes for the parcel, and requested ACA’s comments and/or modification to the outline.
During its June 10th ACA Sugar Mill Task Force meeting, I understand that ACA has amended the outline to reflect community goals for the parcel, and will be seeking DLM consideration for including ACA changes in its Request for Proposal (RFP). I hope that City development and senior housing agencies will respond favorably to the ACA’s changes and work with the community to include as many of the requested changes as possible.
At the same time, I encourage ACA members to focus on pending projects like the OCCC relocation/ visioning process and the Aloha Stadium redevelopment as potential funding partnerships with public or private sector developers seeking density bonuses or other incentives that may impact the Aiea and Halawa Heights communities. Such project developments may become potential partners to contribute towards redevelopment of the remaining portion of the Aiea Sugar Mill parcel to meet ACA’s objectives of developing the site into a community center with senior recreational/service components.
Please contact Roelle Torres of my staff at 768-5071 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this project.