Hawaii Public Housing Authority has announced the selection of a private development company to remodel and expand the Mayor Wright public housing complex.
Hunt Companies was chosen to be the lead developer that will transform Mayor Wright Homes into a mixed-used residential complex, looking to increase the amount of rental apartments to about 1,200-1,500.
Other members of the master developer team include McCormack Baron Salazar and the Vitus Group. The team reportedly has collectively designed, planned, funded, developed, constructed and managed 91 similar multifaceted projects, as well as more than 2,000 affordable housing projects across the country.
“All of our tenants are protected by federal law,” said HPHA’s Hakim Ouansafi, “and an area plan we will negotiate will include making sure that they are relocated until the project is completed.”
The state says that public meetings for input on development plans will be held before any construction begins.
There is no word yet on when construction will start.
Mayor Wright Homes is a federal low-income public housing development that has been in use for more than 60 years.
It was built in 1953 and previously modernized in 1984.