We’re grateful for the financial backing from Hilo area small businesses and individuals, and for the financial and political support from county and state goverments, especially from Senator Schatz, Governor Ige and Mayor Kim. For 12 years with business and government support, we’ve been developing our 3 lots below UHH along Kawili, Kapiolani, and Ululani Streets. We now have a development agreement with a reputable non-profit developer/operator, EAH Housing, Inc. for whom we have obtained a 65 year renewable lease. They can now finalize their pre-development actions and financing packages so that construction of 92 units and a small community center can begin next year. This affordable independent living community for income-eligible senior veterans will be available to other eligible seniors on a space-available basis.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has stated a definite interest in our completed plans for a Combined Veterans Center (CVC) and community-based out-patient clinic (CBOC). We’re now waiting for a Request For Proposal (RFP) to be released by the VA for bids to develop a new CVC/CBOC in Hilo to replace their current leased facilities across from the Hilo hospital. We can provide them with our construction-ready lower 1½ acre site including all infrastructure in place along with architectural/engineering plans for a design-build bid of a 10,000 sq. ft. one-story building (easily expandable to 2 stories). Included are 42 paved parking slots and an additional 16-20 parking slots on our middle lot.
With funding from a state Grant-in-Aid that Gov Ige released to us, we hired Hilo Architect, Scott Fleming, to design this facility from criteria required by the VA’s planning manual. Engineering assistance was obtained from Hilo-based Engineering Partners Inc. and Isemoto Contracting was awarded the contract for basic infrastructure and the entry way on Kawili street. Our building design meets the VA’s location and seismic design requirements, the minimum LEED standards, and includes structural design to withstand a category 4 hurricane. It is easily modified to a floor plan of their choosing with no changes to the engineering plans.
by EAH Housing Inc.