Maui res­i­dents wary of plans for Paia

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Maui res­i­dents are voic­ing their op­po­si­tion to a planned de­vel­op­ment along the is­land’s north shore that would bring new hous­ing units and busi­nesses to the city of Paia. Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered at a com­mu­nity cen­ter Mon­day to protest the plan, Hawaii News Now re­ported ( 2lifFND).

They shared con­cerns that the de­vel­op­ment would clog streets with traf­fic and over­run a lo­cal surf spot with tourists. “We al­ready have bad traf­fic in Paia as it is al­ready. North Shore is hor­ri­ble with traf­fic, and we can’t han­dle it al­ready. This in­flux is just crazy,” res­i­dent Va­lerie Toro said. Tech­nol­ogy, Ed­u­ca­tion, Agri­cul­ture, Com­mu­nity and Health De­vel­op­ment is ren­o­vat­ing an aban­doned school build­ing on a 23-acre lot.

TEACH CEO Mark Chasan said he has plans to build a Hawai­ian cul­tural im­mer­sion cen­ter and in­cor­po­rate agri­cul­ture at the site. He wants it to be an ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren.

The county Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment plans to meet with the de­vel­oper to de­ter­mine how to pro­ceed.

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