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Plan would replace project with towers

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    One of the walk-up apartments at Mayor Wright Homes public housing.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Keiki play at a temporary playground that was installed at Mayor Wright Homes public housing over a year ago. Siikiss Tenen, 9, is pictured in the green T-shirt, along with John John Edwin, 4, and Kiolani Bakol and Emani Chosa, both 8.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hakim Ouansafi, head of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, shows the expanded metal fencing around the perimeter of Mayor Wright Homes. The welded metal is impervious to bolt cutters and is difficult to scale.

The once rat- and crime-infested Mayor Wright Homes in the heart of Kalihi could be torn down and reborn as a series of high-rise towers designed to shed the stigma of low-income housing beginning with groundbreaking in early 2018. Read more

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