KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Maui County officials say they are looking for a new home for its motor vehicle division and some of its tax offices because the new owners of the Maui Mall want to rent space to commercial enterprises instead.
County officials and members of the public visited two potential sites Monday, The Maui News reported (http://bit.ly/1rzdDpE ).
The owners of the Maui Mall, where the government offices are located, are giving the county until 2016 to move the service centers. The county's lease was expected to end in 2015, but the owners extended it by a year with the option of another extension.
County officials have estimated that designing and constructing a new building could cost $20 million to $25 million, on top of costs to acquire land. The county spends about $475,000 annually to rent the current location.
One site being considered for the centers is a $6.6 million, five-acre plot at the Kehalani Village Center near Longs Drug Store and Foodland in Wailuku.
Another is a $7 million, four-acre site at Maui Business Park along Hookele Street, which would come with a 36-acre park donation.
Several people who visited the site, including Lucienne DeNaie of the Sierra Club, said they preferred the Maui Business Park, the newspaper reported.
Maui's Budget and Finance Committee plans to take up the matter July 29.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com