Hawai'i Public Housing Authority: Notice of Board of Directors Meeting

Please be advised of the upcoming Hawai'i Public Housing Authority Board of Directors Meeting.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:00am

Location: 1002 North School Street, Building A Boardroom, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Agenda includes the Motion to Approve the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Prepared in Accordance with Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS), Title 11, Chapter 200, Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) for the Mixed Finance Redevelopment of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority’s Mayor Wright Homes for Submission to the Office of Environmental Quality Control and the Accepting Authority, the Governor of the State of Hawaii.  The Board will go into executive session pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes sections 92-4 and 92-5(a)(4) to consult with the Board’s attorneys on questions and issues pertaining to the Board’s powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and liabilities as related to this Motion.

Please use the below link to access the Board of Director's full meeting packet and agenda for the above referenced meeting.

Please join us for the NEPA Scoping Meeting November 29th at the Palama Settlement



LEAD AGENCY: Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA), State of Hawai‘i

FEDERAL AGENCY: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

RESPONSIBLE ENTITY: Governor of the State of Hawai‘i

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mayor Wright Homes Redevelopment and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting


The State of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA), as project agency, is issuing this notice to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. The NEPA EIS will evaluate potential environmental, social, and economic impacts for the redevelopment of the existing Mayor Wright Homes public housing project in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, into a mixed-use, mixed-income housing project. The NEPA EIS requirements implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 are triggered by the request for funding through programs under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (24 CFR 58.37) and the up to 2,500 residential units proposed for the project.

The Proposed Action for the Mayor Wright Homes Redevelopment project is the redevelopment of the site to include a one-for-one replacement of the 364 existing public housing units (based on the number of bedrooms in existing units) as well as up to an additional 2,136 new residential units for a total of up to 2,500 residential rental units. It is estimated that about two-thirds of the residential units will be affordable housing (a combination of public housing, low-income, low-moderate income, and workforce housing units affordable to those earning up to 120 percent of the area median income) and the remaining one-third will be market-rate rentals. The Proposed Action will also include up to 80,000 SF of retail and commercial uses, structured parking, new internal roadways, a community center, and open space on the approximately 15-acre state-owned parcel currently occupied by the existing Mayor Wright Homes residences.


The anticipated federal funding sources include but are not limited to:

• The United States Housing Act of 1937, Section 8 Project Based Vouchers or Project Based Rental Assistance,

• The United States Housing Act of 1937,Section 9 ACC payments (Operating Fund) and Public Housing Capital Fund (including Capital Fund Financing Program, Choice Neighborhood Planning and Revitalization Grant, Section 18 Demolition/Disposition assistance),

• Rental Assistance Demonstration ("RAD") Section 8 Project Based Vouchers or Project Based Rental Assistance (authorized in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012),

• HUD FHA Insured 221 (d)(4) Loans,

• Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC),

• HOME Funds,

• Community Development Block Grants (including Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program),

• Housing Trust Funds (enacted in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008), and

• New Market Tax Credits

The project would redevelop 14.8451 acre state-owned parcel located on TMK (1) 1-7-029:003, which is roughly bounded by Liliha Street, Vineyard Boulevard, Pua Lane, and North King Street and located at 606 North Kukui Street in Honolulu, Hawai‘i on the island of O‘ahu in the City & County of Honolulu.

The conceptual master plan proposes a mix of low (four to six stories) and mid-rise (eight to nine stories) buildings fronting the streets with up to four towers, ranging from 260' to 380' in height. The low and mid-rise buildings would line the project site along the streets in order to respect the surrounding community and the towers would be set back from the streets with their longer faces oriented mauka-makai (mountain to ocean) to minimize the potential impact of distant mountain views from public view corridors.

The project embraces its location within a City & County of Honolulu Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zone and supports multi-modal transportation through its site design. The site also benefits from its proximity to three (3) rail stations as it will be located within a third of a mile of the future Iwilei Station and also roughly a half of a mile from the Chinatown and Kapālama Stations. New internal streets, designed as complete streets, will encourage walking and bicycling and ease access to bus routes and the future rail station. The street network is purposely designed without connections straight through the property to discourage speeding and cut-through traffic but allow for convenient access throughout the site. Traffic calming solutions will also be integrated in order to provide a safe and pleasant environment for pedestrians. Ground-floor retail and commercial uses will activate streetscapes. Sidewalks will be shaded by awnings or street trees to provide shelter from the sun and rain.

At the heart of the project is a new community park anchored by a community center and multi-purpose hale (building) where residents can gather for family parties and community events. Smaller open spaces, community gardens, and recreational decks are dispersed throughout the site creating a hierarchy of well-organized outdoor open spaces that bridge the interior and exterior elements and provide opportunities for future residents to enjoy the outdoors, grow their own food for better health and wellness, and recreate. Culturally significant plants and lei plants will also be considered in the landscape design of the project so the plantings can serve multiple purposes of being useful as well as providing shade, comfort and aesthetics.

Structured parking is proposed for the project in order to increase site efficiencies and will be wrapped by the lower- and mid-rise mixed-use buildings. This will help minimize views of the parking structure from the street and provide direct access to units wherever possible. The number of parking stalls constructed will be based on City & County of Honolulu standards and requirements for the TOD neighborhood, but they may be decoupled from non-public housing residential units in order to give future residents the option of having or not having a parking stall; given the site’s easy access to public transportation and proximity to job centers. This option could potentially reduce rents and make housing more affordable for non-public housing residents if they opt not to have parking.

The project alternatives to be discussed in the EIS include:

• No Action

• Alternative Density Studies (2,000-unit and 3,000-unit Alternatives and the Draft Downtown Neighborhood TOD Plan Alternative)

• Alternative Street Alignments and Site Plan Layouts

• Alternative Phasing Plans

• Net-Zero Energy Alternative

The proposed redevelopment may involve the following actions and approvals: Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 201H, HRS, Permit to Perform Work within a State Public Right of Way, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits, Noise Permits, Section 106 Review National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), Historic Site Review, Preliminary and final subdivision approval, Sewer Connection Permits, Master Development Agreement approval, other encroachment, easements, grading, demolition, construction, building permits and other Federal, State and local approvals for redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes.


A public scoping meeting will be held on November 29, 2017 pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.7 and will build on previous community input received for the Proposed Action’s master plan development and at the start of the EIS process. This scoping meeting will focus on previous input that is being incorporated into the EIS and any additional topics that should be addressed for the upcoming submittal of the Draft EIS. Details regarding the time and place of the scoping meeting are as follows:

November 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Pālama Settlement Dining Hall

810 N. Vineyard Boulevard

Honolulu, HI 96817


Emily Davids, 808-792-3752 or Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com


Public involvement in the project scoping has been ongoing through the master plan process since early 2016. During that period, HPHA and the planning and development team consulted with current residents, the general public, and community stakeholders about the potential scope and impacts of the proposed project. A series of community and resident meetings were held to help develop the conceptual master plan for the project culminating in a weeklong design charrette in August 2016 that was held on-site at Mayor Wright Homes and open to the public. Meetings were conducted with the following community groups and individuals beginning in early 2016:

• Neighborhood Boards (4 meetings that took place between April and October, 2016)

• State Legislators (meetings with 4 legislators throughout April, 2016)

• Councilmembers (meetings with 2 councilmembers that took place in April and August, 2016)

• Mayor Wright Homes Resident Meetings (2 meetings took place May and July, 2016)

• Public Community Meetings (4 meetings that took place in May, June, and July, 2016 as well as June, 2017)

• Stakeholder Meetings and Interviews (11 meetings with different community representatives and organizations that took place from July through August, 2016)

• Community Advisory Committee (3 meetings that took place in July and August, 2016 as well as June, 2017)

A State of Hawai‘i (State) EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) for the Proposed Action was prepared and published in the State Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC)'s The Environmental Notice on September 23, 2016, as required by State laws for environmental review, pre-consultation, and scoping (Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statute). Subsequently, the State Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was prepared and published in the September 8, 2017 edition of OEQC's The Environmental Notice and the public comment period for the DEIS closed on October 23, 2017.


For further information regarding the HPHA’s Proposed Action contact:

Mr. Hakim Ouansafi, Executive Director

Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority

State of Hawai‘i

1002 North School Street

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817

Phone: (808) 832-4682

Fax (808) 832-4679

Information on ADA accessibility and accommodations for translators and sign language interpreters are available upon request ten (10) days prior to the meeting date. Please contact Emily Davids at (808) 792-3752 or Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com.

Melele ko kin ADA Accessible & Accommodation nan kakobaba kajin ko jet nan ukok kab ri ok ilo sign language, aikuj kajitok joñoul (10) ran mokta jen ien kwelok en. Ńan kajin Majol, jouj im loe lok Emily Davids (808) 792-3752 or Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com.

Ren kewe mi wor terir, awewe ren kewe mi seningepung me awomoch, epue wor chon aninis fanitemi, nge epue wor taropwen tungor senikemi ngeni ach ei ofes, esap mangeseni 10 ran me mwen ach ei mwich. Ika e wor om kapas eis fan iten ei mwich, kose mochen kopwe kokori Emily Davids, nampan phone (808) 792-3752 or Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com

您若需要获得ADA无障碍的信息,以及语言翻译和手语翻译帮助之信息,请在会议前10天提出要求,并请联系 埃米莉 戴维斯,联系方式为:808-792-3752 Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com。

ສໍາລັບການແປພາສາລາວ, ກະລຸນາຕິດຕໍ່Emily Davids 808-792-3752 Emily.Davids@huntcompanies.com

Chúng tôi sẽcó báo cáo vềviệ đ thă vàgiú người khuyết tậ theo Đạo Luậ ADA, vàsẽsắp xếp thêm thông dịh viê vàkýhiệu viên nếu nhậ được yêu cầ mườ (10) ngà trướ ngà họp. Xin liên lạc với Emily Davids qua sốđện thoại 808-792-3752 hay đệ thưEmily.Davids@huntcompanies.com.

Please join us tomorrow at the Palama Settlement!

Mayor Wright Homes Redevelopment

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Meeting

The Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) is proposing to redevelop the Mayor Wright Homes property located in the Kalihi-Pālama neighborhood in Honolulu, on the Island of O‘ahu. Up to 2,500 residential rental units are proposed as part of the redevelopment including a one-for-one (1:1) replacement of the existing 364 public housing units; each of which will contain the same number of bedrooms as the current public housing units.  The purpose of the Mayor Wright Homes Redevelopment is to improve existing public housing facilities as well as expand the availability of quality affordable housing while integrating community services and a mix of commercial and retail spaces consistent with the City and County of Honolulu’s land use plans and growth management policies. A mix of up to 80,000 SF of community services, retail and commercial space is envisioned as part of the project, as well as a series of open spaces, new internal streets to support multimodal circulation, a community center, and a multi-purpose hale. The redevelopment will also be designed to improve multi-modal access throughout the site as a transit oriented development to take advantage of the proximity of the site to the urban core of Honolulu. This project is intended to replace the existing Mayor Wright Homes’ facilities in Honolulu and is anticipated to be completed in roughly five phases over a period of ten years.

The preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required pursuant to Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Chapter 200, Title 11, State of Hawai‘i Department of Health Administrative Rules, based on the use of State funds and State lands as well as the improvements and/or connections to, and/or easements across, State or County facilities and lands in relation to infrastructure improvements for public facilities, roadways, water, sewer, utility, drainage or other facilities.  An EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) was published in the September 23, 2016 edition of the State Office of Environmental Quality Control’s (OEQC) The Environmental Notice, and was also posted on the OEQC website. Copies of the EISPN were provided to various government agencies, elected officials, utilities, regional public libraries, media outlets, and other individuals and community organizations to inform interested parties of the proposed project and to seek comments on issues that should be addressed in the forthcoming Draft EIS.

An additional EIS scoping meeting is being held to provide another opportunity for interested parties to provide comments to the scope of the Draft EIS and identify any stakeholders who would like to comment on the Draft EIS.

Where:           Pālama Settlement Dining Hall

                        810 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817

When:            Tuesday, August 1, 2017

                        6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

For more information about the Scoping Meeting or if you require special accommodations (e.g. visual, hearing, or mobility), please contact: Emily Davids at (808) 792-3752 at least 48 hours in advance.

Link to the PowerPoint shown at the meeting can be accessed here: EIS Scoping Meeting Presentation

June 20th Community Meeting

Mahalo nui for your participation in our last Community Meeting onsite at Mayor Wright Homes!  For those who were unable to attend, please us the link below to access our Powerpoint Presentation.

As always, your continued support and input is appreciated!

-The Development Team

March Update

Armed with input from residents and the community at large over the past several months, the team at Hunt Companies and HPHA have been diligently working together on the plans for redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes.  While we are working to refine the plan and finalize studies  to share with the community, our goal is to create a new Mayor Wright Homes that the community can be proud of.  Stay tuned for the next community update.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please visit our Contact Page to send us an email or give us a call.  

Mahalo for your support!