WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today the release of an open Request For Proposal (RFP) to use and repurpose the campus of Old Maui High School (OMHS). The County of Maui is interested in granting a long-term (20+ years) lease for the OMHS campus for $1.00 per year, in return for the campus to be used for a higher and better purpose than currently exists. Proposed projects will need to fit within the parameters of the State of Hawaii Executive Order No. 4343 which stipulates that the approved uses for the campus include education, agriculture and related support purposes, or social services.
“Repurposing the Old Maui High School is something that has been needed for a very long time,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “The county has spent several million dollars over the years just paying for basic maintenance. We decided to take the approach that the private sector might come up with some innovative ways to use this grand old campus if we made the lease attractive enough. We already have several inquiries, and we are looking forward to seeing what kinds of projects are proposed.”
“The campus has serious infrastructure problems which will need to be addressed in the proposals,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of OED, “There is no potable drinking water or adequate fire protection and a septic system will need to be installed. But none of these infrastructure needs are insurmountable. The county will work with the winning proposer to ensure a successful outcome.”
Multiple studies have been completed that clearly define the needs of the property. The Friends of Old Maui High School also commissioned a Master Plan which was prepared by Chris Hart & Partners. The studies are available at the OED office at no charge to anyone interested in submitting a proposal.
OED is allowing plenty of time for proposals to be prepared. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2015. The proposer must demonstrate the financial capability to not only carry out their business plan but to also address the infrastructure issues.
The campus is currently being managed by Friends of Old Maui High School. The group has been caretaking the property and keeping up basic maintenance on the buildings. This has been made possible by a grant received from OED for approximately $80,000. each year. The campus recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, at which time alumni arrived from around the country to celebrate and reminisce about their days spent on the campus.
For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 808-270-7710.