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Three area projects top WCA Town meeting agenda on Sept. 5

Three important projects will top Waimea Community Association’s public town meeting agenda at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, in Waimea School cafeteria.

Projects include: Keoki Magoon’s long planned Greenwood Center, the proposed ‘Ouli Park and Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services provider.

Magoon’s Greenwood Center will soon begin construction on vacant land across from Waimea schools on Mamalahoa Highway. The developer has recently completed road improvements in the area as required, which include tying together pedestrian-friendly public sidewalks from the adjacent Carter Professional Center to improvements near the main intersection.

Greenwood Center is designed to become a small retail center that uses a “main street concept” to create a sense of place that provides a more appropriate architectural composition sensitive to the local and traditional townscape of Waimea. The project has been in development for several years, and both the property owner and the architect have worked closely with Waimea Community Association’s Planning and Design Review Committee to address community design elements.

The presentation on ‘Olui Park is to secure community input on a proposal to develop a management plan for the eight-acre linear nature park, still nicknamed “Clark Park” because the land was donated to the community by the Clark family. The project is a collaboration of People’s Advocacy For Trails Hawaii, Waimea Trails and Greenways and Ka ‘Ahahui o Ka Nahelehele, a native dryland forest advocacy not-for-profit.

‘Ouli Park is envisioned is a passive park that could serve as the western terminus for the Waimea Trails and Greenways. The park project’s goals include creating a showcase of native trees, plants and shrubs that are present or previously existed in the area, as well as a demonstration of best management practices of watershed as Keanuiomano Stream spans its length.

Presenting the project will be Waimea environmental planner Mike Donoho with Kukui Planning. Donoho has already begun canvassing nearby Kamuela View Estates subdivision to seek input from neighbors, and has also met with county planners and rancher Freddy Rice who holds the lease on adjoining property.

The third presentation will be by Liquid Robotics, a Kawaihae ocean data services provider and developer of the Wave Glider, the world’s first wave powered, autonomous marine robot designed to help address some of the biggest ocean-centered challenges the world faces. To learn more, visit www.liquidr.com.

Starbucks will provide fresh hot coffee. To support the local food pantry, in addition to cash and checks, WCA accepts donations of KTA Sav-a-Tapes and Foodland Maika’i Rewards and any extra produce that may be shared including citrus, greens and avocados. For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or visit www.WaimeaTown.org.