(BIVN) – A draft environmental assessment for a future West Hawaiʻi Community Veterans Center has been published.
The $12 million, stand-alone facility will be operated by a not-for-profit
owner group, and “will provide the community with meeting, educational, performance and a local food business incubator building” to service the West Hawaiʻi community. The facility is envisioned as part of a larger Veterans Center Complex at the location.
According to the document – which was prepared by consultants Environmental Communications, Inc. on behalf of the State Department of Accounting and General Services – the proposed project is located along Kaiminani Drive on a vacant parcel owned by the State of Hawaiʻi. The site is approximately 1-mile east of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and approximately 2-miles east of the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.
The Community Veterans Center “will consist of a single-story building of approximately 5,700 square feet and 107 parking stalls located on the ground level,” the drat EA states. “The facility will include, open air pre-function areas, a lobby, large and small meeting rooms, a social room, commercial kitchen, office areas, toilets and supporting storage, mechanical, electrical and telephone rooms.”
Officials say the proposed facility “is in alignment with the State Office of Veterans Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans for Hawaiʻi.”