Mohouli Heights development enters third phase

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Construction continues on phase three of Mohouli Heights Senior Neighborhood Tuesday in Hilo.

Construction started on a project that will double the size of a Hilo housing development for low-income seniors.

The Mohouli Heights Senior Neighborhood, located at 555 Kupuna Place, was expanded from 60 units to 90 units in 2017, but a new phase of construction will bring the total number of units to 182.

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Keith Kato, executive director of the Hawaii Island Community Development Corp., said the new project — phase three — will be an additional two-story building on the Mohouli Heights site, including courtyards, elevators and units similar to existing units in the development.

Kato said initial grading work has begun on the phase three site, with the foundations expected to be set “in a couple of months.”

Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2020 and will cost an estimated $38 million, Kato said.

The overall project, the first phase of which was completed in 2013, is a collaboration between the state, Hawaii County, Hawaii Island Community Development Corp. and banking partners Wells Fargo and Bank of Hawaii.

Kato said he is unsure whether phase three will be the final expansion of the development. When phase three is completed, there will be a “small piece left” of the project site, which Kato said might be used for additional services for low-income seniors.

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Applications for prospective tenants in the new phase will be processed by the county’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Kato said the office will begin accepting applications three months before completion.

Email Michael Brestovansky at mbrestovansky@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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