Unlimited Construction Services of Lihu’e will be constructing 40 additional parking spaces in a county buffer zone by a county parking lot at Po’ipu Beach Park and resurface the portion of Ho’one Road in front of the lot for the benefit of the public.
Peter Robson, president of Unlimited, said the company is making the improvements for the right to use the buffer zone as a staging area for the construction of the Waiohai Beach Club.
Marriott Ownership Resorts is converting the former Waiohai 461-room hotel into a 227-unit timeshare resort for $50 million. The resort sits on 11.8 acres.
When the construction work is done, the improved buffer zone will be handed back to the county and the county road will be resurfaced, Robson said. The cost of the work will be borne by Unlimited.
Unlimited is community-conscious, Robson said, adding “We all live and work here and we understand the importance of maintaining community property.”
Po’ipu resident Herb Case questioned the use of county property by a private business.
Acting county engineer and Robson acknowledged Case’s concerns, but they noted that the buffer zone will be given back to the county in better condition than it was before the contractor started using it as a staging area.
Unlimited was allowed to use the buffer zone following an agreement with Mayor Maryanne Kusaka and input from the Poipu Beach Association and the Koloa Neighborhood Association, Robson said.
As a condition for approval of the larger resort project, Marriott paid up to $800,000 to improve the park, including the creation and pavement of the parking lot, the installation of trees and an irrigation system and revegetation, according to Costa.
Unlimited wants to be a good neighbor, said Robson and Randy Finlay, vice president of the Unlimited.
Unrelated to the buffer zone work, Unlimited paid for the site preparation and the construction of a concrete foundation for a new playground at the Po’ipu Beach Park, the Unlimited officials said.
“The project is indicative of the community service we offer,” Robson said.