Black and white photo from 1966 (left); current photo 2021 (right). PC: Lahaina Restoration Foundation

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation invites the public to participate in community planning sessions to determine the uses of the Pioneer Mill Company office building on Lahainaluna Road.

The two-story cement building next to the West Maui Senior Center has been empty since the plant closed in 1999.

Although the building needs a full restoration before it can be used, these meetings will focus on how the community wants to use the building once it is restored. The meetings will include the history of the building and an explanation of the regulations in force.

The building and surrounding property are owned by Maui County and the community has long expressed a desire to see the building in use, according to the Lahaina Restoration Association. Planning Consultants Hawaiʻi, LLC will lead the planning process.

The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday April 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday May 8 at 2:00 p.m. The public can access the meeting by telephone by dialing 1-669-900-9128 or by computer.

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Comments and ideas can also be sent by email. To get a link to join the Zoom meeting by computer, or to send comments, use this email: [email protected] The Zoom meeting is limited to 100 people.

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“There are certain constraints that the community should keep in mind when considering how the building should be used,” said Theo Morrison, executive director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

The building must be self-financing after its restoration. Income could be generated through rental income or other means of paying for electricity, cleaning of common areas, repairs, maintenance and improvements to fixed assets. Planning for a mix of for-profit and non-profit uses is one way to accomplish this. Parking space is also a concern, and the needs of the elderly center next door and neighbors should be taken into account.

“Despite these constraints, these planning meetings will give the community a voice in the future of this historic building,” said Morrison. “I encourage everyone to participate or send comments.”


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