The groundbreaking was attended by eight individuals exercising social distancing procedures and wearing masks. Photo courtesy of County of Kaua‘i

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, in partnership with Āhē Group, held a groundbreaking for the Pua Loke Affordable Housing Project in Līhu‘e on May 5 that was attended by eight individuals exercising social distancing procedures and wearing masks, according to a county news release.

“This 54-unit workforce housing project combines the goals of the Housing Agency and the General Plan, built in our primary town core with existing physical infrastructure of water, sewer, and transportation, as well as the social infrastructure of nearby healthcare, social services, schools, and employment opportunities,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said.

Construction for the $27.5 million project will consist of three residential buildings containing one- to three-bedroom rental units and is slated to begin before the end of this month. Photo courtesy of County of Kaua‘i

Construction for the $27.5 million project will consist of three residential buildings containing one- to three-bedroom rental units and is slated to begin before the end of this month. Āhē Group is spearheading the building and operating the project under a long-term ground lease agreement, after which the project reverts to County ownership.

“This project was made possible by a combination of federal housing funds, County affordable development funds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and private financing,” Housing Director Adam Roversi said. “It is prime example of the County leveraging limited available government funding to make truly affordable housing possible.”