University of Hawaii, West Oahu campus development plan

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The University of Hawaii, West O'ahu campus has been in planning for the past 25 years and would be located on the Ewa Plain on the island of Oahu. UH-West O'ahu presently holds classes at Leeward Community College.

In a Honolulu Advertiser article dated July 11, 2006 and entitled, UH-West plan may add 4,000 homes, Andrew Gomes reported on plans for the campus and related housing:

A year ago, UH officials selected Hunt as the best-qualified developer to help realize the plan. Since then, the company and the university have been working on detailed planning and design for the 500-acre site between Kapolei Golf Course and the planned North-South Road makai of Farrington Highway.
Hunt plans to buy and develop 287 acres of state land and to use development proceeds to build the university campus on 214 acres.
Preliminary housing details of the project were disclosed in a draft environmental impact statement UH filed last week with the state Office of Environmental Quality Control.
Of 4,041 units planned by Hunt, 761 would be for student and faculty housing. Another 355 are described as "workforce/affordable housing." The balance — 2,925 homes — would be a mix of market-priced townhouses and single-family homes.
UH estimated that student housing units would provide about 2,280 beds for an expected campus population of 7,600 students.
A commercial village that includes 842,900 square feet of building space and some homes would serve as the project's town center and a transition between the university and residential areas.
The initial phase of the estimated $150 million campus with four classroom buildings accommodating 1,520 students is scheduled for completion in 2009. The initial phase also would include 616 market-priced homes, according to the environmental filing.
No timetable has been set for a subsequent phase of the campus that would contain the affordable homes, the student and faculty housing plus the balance of market-priced homes.

External links

  • A BRIGHT FUTURE lies ahead for West O`ahu University of Hawaii.
  • (see map of plans from July 11, 2006 Advertiser article.)
  • Gomes, Andrew. UH-West plan may add 4,000 homes Honolulu Advertiser, July 11, 2006.
  • Gima, Craig. UH-West Oahu plan gets OK --Development would include the campus and nearby housing Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 21, 2006.
  • Don’t let politics delay UH-West Oahu again THE ISSUE: The UH Board of Regents has revised its plan for construction of a Kapolei campus. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 24, 2006.
  • Legislature must OK UH-West O'ahu funds Honolulu Advertiser, October 14, 2006.
  • Awakuni, Gene. University’s sale of land helps fulfill its mission Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 31, 2007.
  • OUR OPINION: Lawmakers should provide UH-West funds THE ISSUE: Funding for the University of Hawaii's Leeward campus remains uncertain. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 13, 2007.
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