State to add affordable rentals with N. School Street redevelopment

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The state has announced its next step in an ongoing effort to provide more affordable rental housing units.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority issued a request for qualifications Tuesday seeking a master developer to redo its property on N. School Street and Lanakila Avenue.

The project at 1002 N. School Street includes redevelopment of the authority’s administrative offices and the addition of affordable public housing units and mixed-income rentals.

“We’ve reached a 98-percent-plus occupancy, which essentially means we’re sold out with thousands of individuals on the waitlist,” said HPHA executive director Hakim Ouansafi. “Our plan is to work hard in securing an additional 10,000 units within the next five years.”

The request suggests creative designs, such as micro-units, re-use of shipping containers and pre-fabricated modular units for a sustainable environment.

Other considerations include energy conservation, green practices and LEED, private funding sources, integration with the surrounding neighborhood, development of human capital through job opportunities for low-income residents and community facilities to house supportive services.

Interested parties need to submit a Notice of Intent to Respond no later than Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. and turn in a sealed submission no later than Tuesday, Mar. 10, at 4 p.m. to Hawaii Public Housing Authority, 1002 N. School Street, Building D, Honolulu, HI 96817, Attn: Mr. Rick Sogawa, Procurement Officer.

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