|Written by VOK Staff|
|Friday, June 01 2012|
By Taryn Nakamura
Photo Credit: Vince Keala Lucero
Mutual Housing Association of Hawai‘i held a traditional groundbreaking ceremony on June 1 for the first phase of its 308-unit affordable rental community in East Kapolei. Ko‘oloa‘ula is planned for construction in two phases over the next five years.
"We are thrilled to move forward with construction for Ko‘oloa‘ula, as it will provide much-needed housing and support to local low-income residents," said Dee Dee Letts, board president of Mutual Housing Association of Hawai‘i. "We extend our warmest gratitude to all involved in the project and look forward to helping to provide a better quality of life to our residents."
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Mayor Peter Carlisle, and a number of West O‘ahu Senators and Representatives attended the groundbreaking.
Mutual Housing selected D.R. Horton - Schuler Division as the general contractor responsible for construction of the first phase of the project, which is planned to consist of 120 rental apartments, an administration office and a community center.
"We are honored to work with Mutual Housing Association of Hawai`i on this important project in the East Kapolei area, as it joins other great projects that are helping to shape Kapolei into a true second city," said Bob Bruhl, vice president of D.R. Horton - Schuler Division. "As a company that cares about the communities we work in, we hope to replicate this successful housing project right next door at Ho‘opili, a healthy-lifestyle-focused community planned for West O‘ahu."
Ko‘oloa‘ula is planned to target families in the 30 percent, 50 percent and 60 percent of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) median incomes for the area. Mutual Housing projects emphasize the development of social services such as educational learning centers, access to outside resources and more to help support residents achieve a better quality of life.
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