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City and housing buyer agree to keep talking

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:02 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

The administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the partners of a group that committed to buy the lease interest in 12 city affordable housing complexes for $142 million have agreed to keep talking, the mayor's office said late Monday.

City officials had given Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners LLC until end of business Monday to say if it was still interested in, and able to, complete a deal by a scheduled March 31 deadline.

After receiving a written response from the buyer Monday, city Managing Director Ember Shinn wrote back agreeing to the partners' wish to extend a Dec. 31 deadline to give financial assurances that it could complete the deal by March 31.

"We believe this is the in the best interests of the city and the tenants affected by this transaction to move forward with (the buyers) as expeditiously as possible," Shinn said in an email sent to all nine Council members today.

"At this point, we do not have specific terms that can be revealed, and the City intends to meet with the HAHP principals this week to hammer out the details.," Shinn said. "We will keep you informed as the situation develops."

Administration officials said that the cancellation of the sale would have large ramifications on the city, including a $20 million hole in the current year's $2 billion operating budget.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
These people on the city council and the Caldwell administration are All incompetent, the only sure thing in this is the taxpayers will get the short end of the stick as usual.
on January 6,2014 | 05:46PM
wondermn1 wrote:
bingo-agree they are horrible & Caldwell is a rubber stamper for the unions and will raise our taxes in a heartbeat. The probability is the City will blow the Sale.
on January 6,2014 | 10:24PM
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