10-08-2013 11:41 PM

Redevelopment plan for Kapalama Military Reservation gets major changes

The Hawaii Department of Transportationís $200 million plan to redevelop the former Kapalama Military Reservation at Honolulu Harbor into a new container terminal for Horizon Lines now includes three major changes, according to a second draft environmental impact statement published in the Hawaii Department of Environmental Quality Controlís Environmental Notice.
The second draft EIS, which was done in response to these changes and others from the draft EIS that was released last December, includes the main pier being moved inland of the initial proposed pier face by about 50 feet, the exit truck gate on Sand Island Access Road being consolidated with the entry truck gate at the University of Hawaii Snug Harbor access and a 16,400-square-foot section of Pier 40 being strengthened and stabilized to accommodate cargo-handling operations.
Additionally, other changes from the draft EIS include Gov. Neil Abercrombieís approval of Senate Bill 1207, which exempts the state DOT from the conservation district permitting and site-plan approval requirements for work involving submerged lands used in state commercial harbors.
The other change involves the Federal Aviation Administration further studying proposed crane heights and presenting site coordinates of the new pier location.
Just last month the state chose the Hawaii-based property management and development firm GMR LLC to manage the former Kapalama Military Reservation, a 65-acre industrial park that encompasses 677,000 square feet of warehouse buildings housing about 70 tenants.
In April, the state began the process for the demolition of structures at the project and expects to start the redevelopment as soon as possible.
The state has set the lease termination date for current tenants of the project at Feb. 28.
Duane Shimogawa covers energy, real estate and economic development for Pacific Business News.

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