Habitat Maui to break ground on its first multifamily project
August 13, 2012- Maui News
Habitat for Humanity Maui is looking “up instead of out” with its new 16-unit condominium project in Happy Valley.
Groundbreaking for the three-story structure at 2024 Kahawai St. along Iao Stream is set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the site. Kahu Kalani Wong will bless the property, and Mayor Alan Arakawa and board and staff members of Habitat for Humanity Maui will ceremonially help break ground.
This multiunit condominium project is a first for Habitat for Humanity Maui, though multifamily units have been built on the Mainland, said Sherri Dodson, executive director, on Friday.
The first story will be a garage with the 16 units on the second and third floors. Armed with funds donated from a developer for affordable housing, Habitat sought out property to build its traditional single-family homes, said Dodson. The high cost of land led the nonprofit organization, which helps put lower income families willing to put in “sweat equity” into affordable homes, to “in-fill lots” in neighborhoods, such as the one in Happy Valley, to maximize its money, she said.
“We kinda of look at it as a house on top of a house,” she said. The 11,000-square-foot parcel, which had become a dumping ground for tires and old appliances, cost the agency about $300,000, Dodson said.
Contractors have been hired to build the first-floor concrete garage and will be used to put in the plumbing, electrical and fire suppression systems, she said.
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