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Draft EIS for Kona Judiciary Complex sites

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The state Department of Accounting and General Services and the state Judiciary have released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection.

The DEIS is available for review on the Office of Environmental Quality Control website: hawaii.gov/health/environmenta… or directly at Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection DEIS.

The DEIS identified seven candidate sites in the Kailua-Kona area for a new court complex to serve West Hawaii. In March 2011, the Judiciary announced the selection of six candidate sites. Since then, a seventh site, shown in the table below as Site G: Kealakehe (2), was added to the list based on discussions with DLNR and after encumbrance of the parcel to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation for hospital uses expired without any action being taken.

Site Name Tax Map Key (TMK) Land Owner
A. Kaloko Makai 3-7-3-009:025 SCD-TSA Kaloko Makai LLC
B. Kealakehe (1) 3-7-4-020:007 Dept. of Land and Natural Resources/County of Hawaii
C. Civic Center 3-7-4-020:003 Dept of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL)
D. Lanihau/DHHL 3-7-4-008:0053-7-4-021:008 Lanihau Properties LLC/DHHL
E. Lai Opua 3-7-4-021:023 Lai Opua 2020 (DHHL)
F. Makalapua Center 3-7-4-020:010 Queen Liliuokalani Trust
G. Kealakehe (2) 3-7-4-020:0043-7-4-020:007 Dept. of Land and Natural Resources/County of Hawaii

The DEIS public comment period is open through Oct. 6, 2011. Send comments to the Agency and Consultant as noted below. Comments can also be emailed to the Consultant at KonaJudiciary@group70int.com.

Agency: State of HawaiiDepartment of Accounting and General Services
Contact: Ralph Morita, Public Works Manager
Address: Planning Branch 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 430
P.O. Box 119
Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

Consultant: Group 70 International, Inc.
Contact: Jeffrey H. Overton
Address: 925 Bethel Street, 5th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

The Kona Judiciary Complex will replace inadequate, separate facilities with a new, modern consolidated structure that will serve anticipated growth in the West Hawaii region.

The seven candidate sites were evaluated and rated in the DEIS according to lot size, slope, access to utilities, roadway and pedestrian access, environmental resources, land ownership, land use classifications,community effects and other criteria.

Acceptance of the Final EIS is anticipated by the end of the year.

Following this, the final selection of a preferred site will be made by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald of the Hawaii Supreme Court, which is projected to be sometime in early 2012.

For additional information regarding the Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection process, contact the project’s planning and environmental consultant, Jeffrey Overton, at Group 70 International, Inc. at (808) 441-2104 or KonaJudiciary@group70int.com.

For information on other matters, contact Joseph Earing in the State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Planning Branch at (808) 586-0500.

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