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Hawaii, developer win $300K grant for Kuhio

HONOLULU -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding a $300,000 grant to a public-private partnership aiming to revitalize the neighborhood around Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes in Honolulu.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority and its private development partner, The Michaels Development Company, on Tuesday said their application was one of 17 selected from a pool of 72.

The Choice Neighborhoods grant encourages collaboration among housing developers, educators, the criminal justice system and others to create mixed-income neighborhoods with quality housing, high performing schools and safe streets.

The state and the Michaels Development Company are working together on a $135 million project to rehabilitate the Towers at Kuhio Park. It's the first phase of a multi-year revitalization program for Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes.