July 9, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
The Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission voted to support the extension of a deadline for the completion of Pahoa’s Woodland Center during a meeting in Hilo on Thursday.
The Woodland Center was originally mandated in a 2003 rezoning to have the project completed by July 2009. Developers blamed the delay on state and business related bureaucracy.
The location – owned by Paul Ogasawara – will be soon home to a Long’s Drug Store, a Burger King, and a KFC. The stores are nearing completion and will soon be seeking certificates of occupancy. However, developers HNMP have agreed to perform nearly $400,000 in improvements to the busy intersection at Kahakai Boulevard and Highway 130. The deadline for those improvements, which will include a right turn only entrance and right turn only exit, will be Jan. 31, 2011.
A number of residents testified at the meeting about their concerns over safety at the already dangerous intersection, once the Woodland Center is open for business.
The $11 million Woodland Center project will have until July 2014 to finish the project, if the Hawaii County Council votes to approve the Windward Planning Commission’s recommendation.