Bids go out for construction of 40 new units at Kalepa Village

Bid contracts to build the county’s second phase of the Kalepa Village residential project in Hanama’ulu are out and completion of the project is anticipated next September, Kaua’i County Council members were told recently.

When completed, the project will make available another 40 residential units for Kaua’i’s economically-challenged families, Gary Mackler, a Kaua’i County Housing Agency official told the council’s community assistance committee during a meeting at the historic County Building Thursday.

Five prospective bidders have picked up construction documents, and construction is anticipated to start in February 2003, Mackler said.

Eight of the 40 units will be reserved for families whose incomes are 30 percent of or below Kaua’i’s median income, Mackler said.

He also reported 32 units will be reserved for families whose incomes are 50 percent of or below the median income.

For Kaua’i County, the 30 percent bracket reflects income from $13,550 for one person to $22,500 for six people.

The 50 percent bracket reflects income from $22,600 for one person to $37,450 for six people.

The state Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii, as a condition of a federal and state low-income housing tax credit program awarded to the Kauai Housing Development Corporation, the developer of the project, set the rent structure.

Funding for the project will come from the tax credit program and the federal Home Investment and Partnership Program, which will be administered by Kaua’i County, Mackler said. The cost of the project has been estimated at more than $5 million.

Mackler said the second phase will complement the 60 existing units in the first phase of Kalepa village.

Plans are in the making for the development of the final phase, another 80 units.

Mackler said it would not be difficult to develop the third phase because the infrastructure was put in years ago in anticipation of future growth.

All three phases would sit on about 12 acres owned by the county.

Mackler also reported a 100 percent occupancy for first phase of Kalepa Village and the county’s Pa’anau residential project in Koloa.

The housing units are in demand, Mackler indicated, with 23 families on the waiting list for housing in the first phase of Kalepa Village and 10 families for the Koloa project.

Staff writer Lester Chang can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 225) and mailto:lchang@pulitzer.net

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