Kamehameha Schools is renovating six severely deteriorated apartment buildings in Mo'ili'ili that recently reverted back to their control.
Designer Built Systems (DBS), a local unionized developer, was contracted by Kamehameha for the $6 million renovation project near the University of Hawai‘i’s athletic complex.
The project’s 69 refurbished rental units are expected to be priced with the university’s constituency in mind.
“Our priority is to provide safe, quality, reasonably priced rental apartments in Mo'ili'ili that will attract young professionals as well as university students and faculty while creating a sense of community,” said Cathy Camp, area development director for Kamehameha Schools.
According to Camp, plans to upgrade the surrounding neighborhood is a direct response to seven years of community feedback highlighting the need to increase economic vibrancy in the area and to address many functionally obsolete buildings to actualize a clean, warm and modern community feel.
In addition to new gathering spaces will include barbecue areas, tables and seating. Kamehameha’s enhancement plans also call for pet stations, living walls and enhanced lighting designs throughout.
The Kolo Place rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in September 2014.