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Will DLNR Use Sea Level Rise as Excuse to Wipe out Banyan Drive Properties?
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 6348 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use, Tourism

DLNR SEEKS INTEREST FOR THE DEMOLITION OF EXISTING HOTEL AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOTEL AT BANYAN DRIVE, HILO, HAWAII

News Release from DLNR, March 14, 2018

HONOLULU --  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Land Division, has issued a Request for Interest (RFI) relating to the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel site, more recently known as the Pagoda Hilo Bay Hotel, located in Hilo, Hawaii, on Tax Map Keys: (3) 2-1-005: 033, 034, 035 and 045 (Site). The total land area of the Site is approximately 1.83 acres, more or less.

The purpose of the RFI is to gauge whether there is interest among prospective developers in obtaining a long-term lease of the Site for hotel-resort purposes that would include an obligation to conduct an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) for the demolition of the existing structures on the Site and construction of a new hotel thereon, secure the permitting and approvals needed for the demolition and new construction, complete the demolition, and construct a new hotel on the Site.

The RFI additionally seeks to estimate the amount of rent credit that would induce a potential developer to incur all costs associated with the demolition of the existing structures and construction of a new hotel, including the cost of conducting the EA/EIS.

DLNR has conducted a number of studies regarding the Site and neighboring areas, including:

  • Remaining Useful Life Determination for Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel dated June 2014.
  • Tourism Market Study dated July 2014 – analyzes tourism industry and determines market demand for a new hotel in Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Banyan Drive Sea Level Rise Assessment Report dated July 2014 – assesses sea level rise effects on DLNR parcels located at Banyan Drive including the Site.
  • Assessment Report prepared by Erskine Architects, Inc. dated June 29, 2016 – assesses existing conditions of three DLNR properties at Banyan Drive and evaluates potential buildable envelopes for the properties, including the Site.
  • Preliminary Demolition Assessment for the Former Pagoda Hilo Bay Hotel, Country Club Condominium/Hotel and Reeds Bay Hotel dated February 2018.

These studies are available on DLNR Land Division’s website at:

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ld/hilobayhotel/

For more information on the RFI including submission instructions and other relevant information, please visit the website, or contact the Land Division by email at dlnr.land@hawaii.gov.  SUBMITTALS WILL BE RECEIVED UP TO 4:00 PM (HST) ON

April 30, 2018

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HTH: Demolition Projected to Cost $18.9M

Dec, 2017: Report: Hawaii’s Billion-Dollar Consensus Proves Nobody Really Believes in Sea Level Rise

March 2, 2018: Maui Mayor Signs Sea Level Proclamation: County Will Grab for More Oceanfront Land

 

 

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