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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

$235M jail facility planned on Maui

Advertiser Staff

The state is moving forward with plans to build an estimated $235 million jail facility in Pu'unene on Maui, Gov. Linda Lingle said Wednesday.

The project within the former Pu'unene Airport area along Mokulele Highway is aimed at replacing the aged and overcrowded Maui Community Correctional Center, as well as providing for anticipated growth in the inmate population.

The state is working with the Legislature on financing for the construction. But Lingle said other options will include the use of private financing and phasing of the project. Planning and design of the project is estimated to be completed this year and pending acceptable financing terms, construction of the project could start in 2011 and be completed in 2013-2014.

An Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for the project, which will also include public informational meetings and opportunities for public review and comment on the EIS.