Concrete barriers in Kalihi parking lot cause problems for driversPublished 10:27 PM HST May 01, 2014Video Transcript
New tonight- Most of us have experienced a parking nightmare or two--- but wait until you see this parking situation in Kalihi. KITV4's Brenton Awa has the story that's leaving a LOT of people scratching their heads. 16-29 103-107 132-136 On an island where parking can come at a premium... Residents -- businesses -- and... anyone looking for a spot to pull-in are left in dis- belief when they pull-up to this sight. 330 - STU - MIKE "IT WAS AN EYESORE BEFORE WHEN IT WAS JUST GRAVEL AND PEOPLE USED IT TO DUMP, BUT NOW IT'S BACK TO BEING ... LOOK AT IT NOW. IT'S NOW ANOTHER EYESORE." Mike Irish runs his business just up the street on Robello lane... He's still baffled at why the city would barricade a newly paved parking lot that he says everyone in the area has benefited from. And it's more than just parking... Irish and others say this lot used to be run-down and littered with drug activity. 107 - STU - MIKE "NOW WE FEEL SAFE... BUT BEFORE? OH NO IT WAS... WE WERE REALLY WORRIED AND WE MADE SURE NONE OF OUR PEOPLE CAME DOWN TO THIS END OF ROBELLO LANE AND JUST STAYED MORE UP BY OUR SHOP." The owner of this building says he spent around 30- thousand-dollars to clean up the area and pave the lot... Only problem... This parcel's not his -- it's owned by the city -- who says the improvements are illegal. 223 - REX DISK - ROSS "PUBLIC PROPERTY IS NOT DESIGNED TO BE USED BY ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL OR ANY GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS FOR ANY PERSONAL GAIN OR PERSONAL BENEFIT." In this case -- it was the building owner making money off of renting stalls. That's when the city stepped in. 53 - REX DISK - ROSS "THE BARRIERS WENT UP TO CURTAIL THE UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY AND THEY'LL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL SUCH TIME THERE IS A NEED TO REMOVE THEM." Still -- some residents say they don't mind paying to park... Especially when these barriers have led to damages of their cars. 1935 - STU - TAN "IT'S HARD, IT'S HARD BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHY ... THE OTHER DAY MY NIECE BANGED THE POST." Those who use these stalls want the barriers removed and they hope to work with the city to find a solution. 514 STU - MIKE "I THINK IT COULD EASILY BE A WIN WIN FOR EVERYBODY AND I'M HOPING WE CAN COME TO THAT TYPE OF CONCLUSION." One solution that the city says its exploring is doing a story term lease of the land so someone could temporarily operate a legal parking lot. Another option would be selling the land but the city says it has yet to put the property up for sale. That would have to be approved by the City Council first. If it goes that route -- the city expects to complete the sale by the end of the year.