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Housing project in Kealia gets final OK

LIHU’E — Kealia Plantation Co. has won final county approval of its proposed

subdivision.

The unanimous vote Thursday of the Kaua’i County Planning

Commission’s Subdivision Committee allows the company to begin selling the 29

lots on about 300 acres north of Kealia Beach and oceanside of Kuhio

Highway.

The parcel includes a 60-acre, oceanfront strip the developer will

give to the county for a beach park.

During the clearing of the oceanside

portion, between 110 and 120 abandoned vehicles were removed, and about 14

active campsites with people living in them near Kumukumu Stream were torn

down, said Justin Hughes, Kealia Plantation spokesman.

The company will

concentrate on selling the lots before turning its attention to the 6,700 acres

it owns mauka of the highway.

That land, purchased from Amfac, has been

leased back to Amfac Sugar Kaua’i for sugar cultivation, Hughes

explained.

Kealia Plantation is exploring agricultural possibilities for

its mountainside acreage, he said.

Also Thursday, the Planning Commission

approved plans for expansion of Kaua’i Medical Clinic’s North Shore Clinic at

Kilauea.

With the expansion in clinic space comes seven-days-a-week clinic

hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), though the Saturday afternoon, Sunday and holiday

coverage is for urgent-care cases only.

Business editor Paul C. Curtis

can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or pcurtis@pulitzer.net

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