Castle & Cooke plan debated
After hearing opposition to Castle & Cooke Homes' request to amend the Central O'ahu Development Plan Land Use Map and allow the final phase of its Mililani Mauka project, the city Planning Commission yesterday gave the parties more time to reach "a meeting of the minds."
Castle & Cooke plans to build 522 single-family and 304 multifamily homes on 104 acres of agricultural land next to the H-2 Freeway. The time frame for the development would be between 2003 and 2008.
Mililani resident Maryanne Sealander told the commission that Mililani Mauka does not need more homes, but does need open space and this parcel is the last undeveloped site in the community.
Castle & Cooke wants the site changed from public facility to residential and low-density apartments on the land use map. The request will be heard again Sept. 19.
'Ewa schools to be discussed
State schools superintendent Paul LeMahieu and Leeward District superintendent Hazel Sumile will discuss the future of education in the 'Ewa area during a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the 'Ewa Beach Public and School Library.
For more information, call Rep. Willie Espero at 586-6360.
Spill closes Kapolei lanes
Two lanes of Kalaeloa Boulevard leading into Campbell Industrial Park were close for several hours yesterday after a ruptured gas tank spilled about 150 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo.
Soo said at about 2 p.m. something fell off a tow truck and ruptured the gas tank of a tractor-trailer it was pulling. The gas spilled along a 100-yard stretch of road.
Three companies, including a Hazmat truck, and a battalion chief responded to the spill, Soo said. City Department of Transportation Services crews finished the clean up.
Sewer work affects shops
Emergency repairs to sewer lines on Kailua Road in front of Kailua Beach Center have begun, causing the partial closure of the road and a drop in sales at the strip mall.
Businesses at the center said sales have slowed considerably since the project began Tuesday.
"We can feel it," said Wolfgang Hucklenbroich, whose wife owns First Stop Grocery Store. "Right now it's $300 to $400 less in sales today."
Mike Mentikov, project manager for contractor Trenchless Engineering, said Kailua Road at the intersection with South Kalaheo Avenue would be closed for several days to set up a bypass.
Traffic should remain open the rest of the time, he said.
Motorists coming from Kailua Beach or Lanikai won't be able to turn onto Kailua Road. Traffic is being diverted to Kuukama Street.
The project is expected to be completed Sept. 18.
Historians to meet in Kailua
The Kailua Historical Society, which will compile information about the Kailua Ahupua'a, will hold its first charter membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua District Park Multipurpose Room.
Helen Nakano, co-founder of Malama 'O Manoa, will speak, and a brief history of Kailua will be presented.
The community is invited to attend.
For details call Peggy Froome at 261-5265.