City officials announced a proposal Thursday to develop temporary modular housing in Waianae for homeless families on the Leeward side.
Preliminary plans for the 1.1-acre site near Waianae High School and next to Maluhia Lutheran Church on Farrington Highway could accommodate 75 to 90 people living in 16 to 20 modular units, according to the city. Completion of the project is slated for summer 2016.
The city said the housing project would cater to families with children. According to preliminary plans, the 480-square-foot units would feature two bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen. The property will also have 20 parking stalls, an office and common room. Each unit could house a family or up to four singles.
The vacant site that the city proposes to purchase previously housed shacks, which were demolished by the owner.
Costs for the project include $300,000 to purchase the land and about $2 million for the modular units and an office, according to the mayor’s office.
City officials, including Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sandra Pfund, head of the Office of Strategic Development, and Jun Yang, executive director of the Office of Housing, plan to introduce the project at a press conference set for Friday. Officials said they will present the proposal at upcoming neighborhood board meetings.
Nanakuli/Maili Neighborhood Board Member Patty Teruya said the site would be a convenient location especially for homeless families living at nearby Waianae Boat Harbor.
“We embrace them, and we take care of our own,” Teruya said Thursday. “I support this project and supported all these shelters there because it helps the families to get on their feet.”