POSTED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Sep 16, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 04:27 p.m. HST, Sep 16, 2011
The City Council has approved a permit for the construction of a 222-room hotel next to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Council members voted 8-1 today to approve the special management area use permit to allow construction of the 222-room Courtyard by Marriott with buildings of one, three and four stories on the site of the 49-unit Laie Inn that was razed in 2009.
Critics say it would add to traffic congestion along busy, two-lane Kamehameha Highway. Opponents also argued that planners should examine flooding and drainage issues before the project proceeds.
The hotel project would include a swimming pool, restaurant and banquet facilities on 9.84 acres — along with a bike path and crosswalk to get to the beach on the other side of Kamehameha Highway.
The Courtyard by Marriott would create 125 jobs — 75 that would be used as part-time training positions for BYUH's hospitality program, according to proponents. The other 25 full-time and 25 part-time openings would be available to anyone in the community, said officials from landowner Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.