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Mayor Wright Homes to be redeveloped by state

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:23 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

A master developer is being sought by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority for the future redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes, the agency announced on Friday.

The redevelopment will be a " mixed-income, mixed-finance, mixed-use model" aimed at generating the income needed to improve the site and the community, the agency said in a news release.

"This announcement is a starting point in the journey to redevelop and improve the lives of residents that live at one of the oldest and largest low-income public housing properties in the HPHA portfolio," HPHA Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi said in a statement.

A formal announcement that the agency is issuing a "Request for Qualifications" seeking a master developer was scheduled by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Friday afternoon.

"This RFQ will catalyze public and private investment to create a vibrant mixed income community, will be consistent with downtown transit-oriented development objectives, and increase affordable rental housing options in our state," Ouansafi said.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority is the sole public housing agency for the state. It administers more than 6,000 federal and state low-income public housing units on five islands, and just under 2,000 rental assistance vouchers on Oahu. 

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gsc wrote:
It must be Election Year....
on July 11,2014 | 11:10AM
Oahuan wrote:
Should change the name to Barack Obama housing.
on July 11,2014 | 12:04PM
iwanaknow wrote:
build them higher?
on July 11,2014 | 12:58PM
konag43 wrote:
good idea. we can't continue to have all low income people living on state and city property for practically free and be able to take care of repairs and improvements without money. building higer is not necessarily better.
on July 11,2014 | 01:20PM
Tarakian wrote:
Feeling good vs living good. I would advocate for our local government to phase out of public housing. Attract developers to make market price housing. Improve the neighborhood and thus jobs. Everyone wins except the political elite that restrict market housing and drive prices higher. Its time for public housing rent lifers to work like the general population. And for politicians and so called "do-gooders" stop doing a disservice to ethnic minorities by having them dependent on government rather than relying on themselves to succeed and moving ahead. Government impedes this independence and success, like a child that never moves out of mommy's home. Of course, our seniors and mentally disabled should be assisted by government, private and volunteer groups. Children? First off, their families will be responsible for their care, not the government. If the family cannot take care of that child or children, then someone else will be very happy to hanai or adopt that child. Should we advocate feeling good that we are providing housing for the poor that does not work or should we let the market take its course in providing more housing thus more opportunities for poorer families to move up and improve their lives? Do-Gooders feeling good vs. Poor improving lives!
on July 11,2014 | 01:36PM
Steve_Souza wrote:
What about the blind and physically disabled?
on July 11,2014 | 03:05PM
Tarakian wrote:
Steve, thanks for your comment. Yes, I also intended to include physically disabled, along with the mentally disabled.
on July 11,2014 | 04:23PM
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