The North Shore town of Haleiwa is just now becoming aware of a proposed project that would sit in the midst of the community.
The project would be built on a seven-and-a-half acre empty lot. KHON2 got word of the proposal from a viewer via Report It.
The developer is D.G. “Andy” Anderson, who is well-known in Haleiwa for a previous proposal to build a hotel there. That did not happen.
This new project sits between Joseph P. Leong Highway and the town itself on a narrow strip of land that runs behind places like the North Shore Marketplace and Malama Market.
Haleiwa town’s charm and ambiance attracts visitors to the place and is a popular stop on the North Shore.
Anderson’s plan calls for apartments, commercial units, off-street parking and even a farmer’s market. In order to make it happen, Anderson will need to up-zone the property from agriculture to business mixed-use.
KHON2 spoke to a number of Haleiwa residents who either weren’t aware of the project or knew very little. Anderson’s team will make a presentation Tuesday night during a North Shore Neighborhood Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Waialua Elementary School.
Carter Allen owns Celestial Natural Foods store in Haleiwa. He learned about the project from KHON2.
“I don’t know details about the development, but if there’s going to be housing, then definitely affordable housing, more affordable rentals for people,” said Allen.
Joshua Omalza says his family has lived in a home on Emerson Road for four generations–a home that will sit right next to the proposed project.
“I feel hurt. I feel sad,” said Omalza. “It shouldn’t be developed. Enough land has been taken away and developed on Oahu.”
Jack Reid supports the project, but only if the development can be accessed off of the bypass road.
“I think it’s very good,” said Reid. “We need parking. You can take picture of our town, right now, on a Tuesday. We’re cramped! We have no room. We have people walking up and down the street with no room to walk and no place to park.”
The developer still needs to conduct an environmental assessment for the project.