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June 2, 2011

(Finally) Built To Last

It took far too long, but work has finally begun on the units at public housing project Kuhio Park Terrace. The $135-million renovation project seems like it has been well-thought out, with affected residents being moved to open units for two or three months while their own units are being renovated. Water pipes will be fixed. Balky elevators will be upgraded. Fire alarms and trash chutes will be made operable. Over 40 units will be renovated to provide accessibility for the handicapped.

Some residents are stunned, but this time it's a good stun. Not "the leaky roof might collapse on me" or "I can't shower because there's no hot water" type of stun, but a breathtaking understanding that the long-awaited promise of retro-fitted apartments is actually underway and about to become a reality as it unfolds over the next couple of years.

Even the name will be changed to reflect the new dawn as Kuhio Park Terrace will become The Towers at Kuhio Park. As the changes occur, it will be up to the residents, visitors, and landlords to make sure that this vital housing entity does not devolve into a state of disrepair in the coming decades. Hopefully, pride, respect, and smart business sense will allow this public-private business partnership to be a shining example of things being done right. Think about it…

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