A battle is brewing for land in Central Oahu.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation notified the City Council on Thursday of its plans to condemn two parcels of land along its proposed rail transit route.
HART has already acquired 21 residential properties along through successful negotiations and settlements, with the city dishing out millions of dollars to land owners.
All remaining parcels are business and commercial properties, including a small parking lot along Kamehameha Highway, fronting Stuart Plaza in Pearl City.
HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas said, "It impacts five parking spaces for a particular owner."
The owner's lawyer disagrees, saying 13 stalls would be lost, severely impacting tenants.
There is a large parking lot in the back of Stuart Plaza, but tenants like Bonzai Tattoo says no one likes parking back there, especially at night, because of a security problem.
"So you know, we kind of feel more comfortable having the customers stay up here in the front," said Mike Higuchi, an artist at Bonzai Tattoo.
The other property is a nine-acre plot on Farrington Highway near Leeward Community College.
"It's zoned agricultural, but it seems to be being used as an industrial and they're asking us to come up with a price based on industrial," according to Grabauskas.