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Undeveloped lots along Puumakani Drive are pictured in March behind existing Palama Drive homes in Kahului. The county has long struggled to find a use for the lots, which it acquired in a settlement in 2011. Last month, Mayor Michael Victorino proposed giving 35 of the lots to two nonprofits to develop into affordable housing in perpetuity and homes for health care workers. A Maui County Council committee this week recommended approval; the decision will now advance to the full council. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

More than 30 lots in the Fairways at Maui Lani — with a long history of litigation — are a step closer to becoming a mix of affordable housing and homes for health care professionals.

The county is proposing to give Na Hale O Maui 19 lots and the Maui Health Foundation 16 lots in the Kahului subdivision along Puumakani Street.

On Monday afternoon, the Maui County Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee voted to recommend adoption of two resolutions to provide the lots to the two organizations. The resolutions will now be sent to the full council for its vote.

The properties make up some of the 51 lots the county acquired in a legal settlement amid a dispute over fill and grade heights for the homes more than a decade ago. For years the administration and the council have wrestled with the fate of the lots amid mounting carrying costs, with county officials in 2019 estimating that taxes, maintenance fees and association fees amounted to around $400,000.

The lots have also caused contention and concern in the community as truckloads of dirt from old Paia mill were transported over to create the fill, which towered over older houses along Palama Drive. Land preparation caused vibrations for neighbors along with dust and dirt stains from the fill, spawning other lawsuits involving residents, contractors and the county. Even after construction stopped, nearby residents have faced problems that include flooding, issues with fencing and walls falling apart from the development.

On March 11, Mayor Michael Victorino announced he would seek authority from the council to convey the lots to the organizations, noting a need for attracting highly qualified health care professionals along with providing affordable workforce housing.

Even with the unanimous 9-0 committee vote, Council Member Gabe Johnson, who chairs the Affordable Housing Committee, expressed some reservations. He said nearby residents, native Hawaiians and professionals such as the county archaeologist should determine if the lots are appropriate for homes.

Johnson said he “can’t be the one to answer” if iwi is found and building is allowed over it, or how to make “things right” for the Palama Drive residents next door to the development.

Committee Chairwoman Keani Rawlins-Fernandez said she agreed with Johnson.

“And as a council member, I will do my best to help support the departments to ensure that the residents on Palama Drive, their concerns after all these years, will be addressed,” she said.

She added that she would

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St. David’s Health care options $953M of jobs at Central Texas health care amenities

The $249 million venture at St. David’s South Austin Health-related Centre consists of a $168 million future expansion that will be completed in 2024 to incorporate 30 beds, four running rooms, support space and a 24-bed rehabilitation device. (Rendering courtesy St. David’s Healthcare)

St. David’s Healthcare is scheduling to establish practically $1 billion in well being care infrastructure across Central Texas to meet swift spot advancement.

The Central Texas health and fitness system strategies to create two new hospitals, develop one behavioral wellness hospital, and grow potential and expert services at existing services, in accordance to a Feb. 15 announcement.

David Huffstutler, president and CEO of St. David’s Healthcare, stated in a release that as the Central Texas population expands to “outlying locations,” there is a need to create added treatment sites in these places.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly compounded the challenges our area is struggling with, there was previously a have to have for more actual physical capability in our existing hospitals to care for clients, as properly as additional services in our local community, which includes behavioral well being services,” Huffstutler claimed in a launch.

New hospitals and expansions include things like:

  • $249 million for a renovation and an enlargement at St. David’s South Austin Clinical Center
  • $185 million for a new entire-support acute care healthcare facility in the Kyle area
  • $145.9 million for a renovation and an growth at St. David’s North Austin Health care Centre
  • $142.5 million for a new total-services, acute care hospital in Leander
  • $80 million for the design of future capacity at location hospitals to accommodate long run growth
  • $53.1 million for an growth at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Heart
  • $43 million for a renovation and an expansion at St. David’s Professional medical Heart
  • $33.8 million for a new 80-bed behavioral wellbeing healthcare facility close to St. David’s North Austin Clinical Center
  • $20.9 million for an enlargement at Heart Clinic of Austin

St. David’s Healthcare will fund the $953 million in tasks with no debt or philanthropic endeavours, according to the Feb. 15 release.

New hospitals

The two new hospitals will be built in Leander and Kyle. These facilities are scheduled to open up in 2024.

The 150,000-sq.-foot Leander clinic will be developed as the 3rd stage of St. David’s current development, which has an emergency centre and a health-related office building. St. David’s is obtaining land for the 160,000-sq.-foot Kyle hospital, in accordance to St. David’s.

Both of those acute treatment hospitals will have a 24-hour unexpected emergency office, inpatient and outpatient operation, essential care capabilities, robotic companies, maternity expert services and new child expert services. The hospitals will just about every create about 200 total-time work opportunities when open up.

St. David’s is also setting up to build a behavioral health medical center near the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. The 80-bed hospital will present psychological wellness providers to adolescent, grownup and geriatric clients, according to the release. The medical center will have indoor remedy parts, outdoor remedy

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