The Hoopili real estate development project overcame its largest hurdle last week as developer D.R. Horton-Schuler’s rezoning request was approved unanimously 9-0 by the Honolulu City Council. Hoopili is a massive undertaking that spans 1,289 acres and will add 11,750 affordable single- and multi-family homes in West Oahu. Texas-based Developer D.R. Horton-Schuler has been able to cultivate community support by listening to the resident needs and concerns then offering tailored, long-term solutions.
Focusing on the Community
D.R. Horton-Schuler has focused on mitigating the two main concerns from Oahu residents:
- The loss of prime agricultural real estate and
- An increase in traffic along the H1 corridor between Kunia Road and the Waiawa Interchange
They have genuinely listened to the community at large and responded with initiatives that will benefit all current and future residents.
Starting with the agricultural and multi-family housing concerns, The Star-Advertiser Honolulu details D.R. Horton-Schuler’s efforts:
… The project's plan now calls for 80 percent of its homes, 9,400 units, to be multi-family dwellings…
…While Aloun Farms and other agriculture interests will make way for houses, D.R. Horton-Schuler agreed to set aside 200-acres from the1,554-acre site for commercial farming…
…D.R. Horton-Schuler contributed $500,000 toward the $25 million purchase of the Galbraith Estate, the former site of Del Monte's pineapple fields, in Central Oahu. D.R. Horton-Schuler's website said the developer also promised to provide an additional $500,000 to "assist with soil preparation and infrastructure for farming."…
In addition, Pacific Business News reports that D.R. Horton-Schuler has set aside five acres for the Hawaiian Humane Society to build an additional campus and one acre to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to use as land for a new clinic.
Moreover, the project will include a major solar energy farm to power the community and support Oahu’s long-term sustainable energy goals.
Hoopili will be a Model of Sustainability
Finally, and most importantly to most Westside residents, D.R. Horton-Schuler is funding an expansion of the H1 Freeway to mitigate traffic from the thousands of cars that new residents will bring to the area. An additional lane will be added on both sides of H1 between Kunia Road and the Waiawa Interchange.
Shannon Feliciano, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® with Locations and a native of Southwest Oahu, is excited about the new development, saying, “Hoopili will be a positive change for West Oahu.” He highlighted the forward thinking nature of the development, adding, “It will provide a sustainable community for families to raise their children in a safe environment at an affordable price. Residents will really be able to live, work, and play in Kapolei. Hoopili will be Oahu's first community to have its own solar farm that will power over 2,000 homes and businesses. It will truly be Oahu's first "green" community being powered by the sun. Hoopili will set a precedent for the future of other communities and developers."
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Keith Mann, Staff Writer
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