West Loch Shoreline Park and Leeward Bike Way Happenings

November 2020

The Contractor building the Leeward Bikeway determined that minor design changes were going to be required at the Kapakahi and Waikele bridges in Waipahu due to unanticipated utility services crossing the bridges. The contractor now will start construction at Philippine Sea and Renton Rd in Ewa and work east. We need the West Loch Shoreline Path rehabilitated as soon as possible. Please call the Mayor’s office and ask that the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge be rehabilitated before the Leeward Bikeway is completed.

April 2020

Council Chair Emeritus Ron Menor was informed by the Managing Director of Honolulu that the City is unable to use CIP funds appropriated in the FY 2020 Budget to rehabilitate the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge because the Petition for Designation of Easements between the City and the WLF Association has not completed the Land Court process.  This could take up to 2 years. This excuse is disingenuous. There are 2 miles of pathway and the bridge over Honouliuli Stream that is not affected by the Easement process. Please call the Mayor’s office and ask that the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge be rehabilitated before the Leeward Bikeway is completed. 

March 2020

The HDOT has selected a contractor to complete phase 1 of the Leeward Bikeway. Work should begin mid 2020 and be completed in 2022

November 17, 2019

The HDOT is in the process of bidding out the Leeward Bikeway work with an approximate completion date of mid-2021. In sept 2018 the Ewa Neighborhood Board #23 approved a resolution asking the City to procure the funding and to complete needed work to restore and maintain the Kapapapuhi Shoreline Park Shared Use Path including replacing the metal catwalk bridge crossing Honouliuli Stream. Bill 11 (2019) provided the 1.98 million in funding to repave the pathway and replace the bridge.

With the Leeward Bikeway project moving forward I ask that you call or email Mayor Caldwell and ask him to release $1.98 million to repair and refurbish the Kapapapuhi Shoreline Park Path and Bridge.

Leeward Bikeway Project Fact Sheet

To read previous posts on this subject.

Navy Expanding the West Loch Annex Which Will Include New Army Munitions Storage

U.S. Army West Loch Ordnance Facilities

U.S. Army West Loch Ordnance Facilities Preferred Alternative

Past, Present and Reasonably Foreseeable Actions Near West Loch Annex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) proposes the U.S. Army’s construction of new magazines and/or repair/modernization of existing magazines to serve as the U.S. Army’s Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Preferred Alternative would construct a new munitions storage complex for the storage of military ordnance at the West Loch Annex, which would be completed under several phases of military construction projects, the first of which is planned to begin in 2022. The 402 Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) would be the intended occupant/tenant of the new facilities on Navy-owned land.

The new magazines as part of the Preferred Alternative would be located at the West Loch Annex in the Ewa District of south‐central Oahu.  The new magazines will be built in the western section of the established Explosive Safety Quantity Distance (ESQD) (Blast Zone) closer to the West Loch Fairways Neighborhood. The original ESQD is centered on the Navy’s existing annex not on the proposed Army annex. The Navy’s Draft EA states that:

The proposed magazines would be constructed at West Loch Annex in accord with DoD standards, including Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) and physical security features. Residential communities would remain located outside of explosive safety zones (including from the new proposed magazines).  

The Draft EA does not include any data or methods of  calculation that substantiates that storing military ordnance in the western portion of the original ESQD arcs, approximately 1 mile from the Navy piers and military ordnance storage, meets the same criteria to ensure the public’s health and safety.

Besides publishing a Notice of Availability in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on August 11, 2020 and the Draft EA  there has not been any public outreach to provide the public with the details of the project and to answer questions. The comment period for the Draft EA ends on September 8, 2020. Please submit comments to:

Point of Contact: Attn: EV21 Project Mgr. Army West Loch EA
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific
258 Makalapa, Drive Suite 100
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI 96860-3134

NFPAC-Receive@navy.mil



Navy expanding the West Loch Annex which includes fencing in the entire Explosive Safety Quantity Distance (ESQD) (blast zone). The new area will provide a home for two new photovoltaic power plants.

Final Environmental Assessment –  On February 8, 2020 the Navy published a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed action.

Executive Summary: Magazines for Long Ordnance, West Loch Annex

 Proposed Action

The Proposed Action involves the construction of 24 new magazines for current ordnance storage requirements at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii. The Proposed Action would also include secondary development necessary for safe ordnance operations such as magazine access roads/concrete aprons, utility and site drainage improvements, fire hydrants, construction staging area, a bypass road extending from Iroquois Road to North Road, perimeter fence and associated patrol road, entry control point at Iroquois Road, demolition of existing back gate near the corner of Iroquois Road and West Loch Drive, gate at North Road and Iroquois Avenue, as well as closing West Loch Drive and portions of Iroquois Road and North Road to public access due to safety and security considerations. The lead agency is the United States (U.S.) Navy. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) is a command of the U.S. Navy that is responsible for endorsement of facilities at JBPHH West Loch Annex.

 Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Action

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to provide sufficient storage space for Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam to meet its current storage requirement. The need for the Proposed Action is to meet the mission of Navy Munitions Command to receive, maintain, store and issue ammunition, weapons and technical ordnance material for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other activities and units as designated by the Chief of Naval Operations. In this regard, the Proposed Action furthers the Navy’s execution of its congressionally mandated roles and responsibilities under 10 U.S.C. section 5062 e.g., ready for prompt and sustained combat as it relates to operations at sea).

City Proposing Affordable Housing Projects In Empty Lots on Either Side of the West Loch Elderly Rental Housing

West Loch Affordable Rental Modular Project UPDATE

The public hearing has been change to digital format. All interested parties may Download the Presentation  or by visiting DLM’s website at honolulu.gov/dlm.

Last day to submit written testimony is May 20, 2020. Please provide written testimony and mail it to the following address:

Department of Land Management
Attn: West Loch Modular Project
558 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

OR

Email: landmanagement@honolulu.gov
Subject Line: West Loch Modular Project

APRIL 4, 2020

A public hearing was scheduled for March 30, 2020 to determine whether a transaction or activity relating to City real property serves the public interest. This meeting was postponed due to the pandemic. A future notice will be published when the emergency proclamation has been lifted.

Property: Tax Map Key: (1) 9-1-122:002, Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706; Area: 2.8 acres.

Purpose: The City and County of Honolulu will construct a 58-unit three-story affordable rental housing project using factory produced modular components. Each studio unit will include a bathroom and kitchen and there will be the required number of ADA compliant units. The building will be for individuals or couples at or below 50% area median income (AMI) published by the Housing and Urban Development. The building amenities will include a commercial kitchen, dining room, counseling room, and an office for a third party property manager. The housing project will result in an increase of affordable housing inventory.

West Loch Affordable Rental Housing

The City and County of Honolulu is planning to build a 145 unit affordable housing project on the empty lot that is south of the West Loch Elderly apartment complex.  View and download the Request For  Proposal: West Loch Affordable Rental Housing

 

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