Originally posted in MauiWeekly.com.
Whether you call it “new urbanism” or “re-inventing the college town,” the Kihei-based Maui Research & Technology Park has ambitious plans to grow, incorporate more diverse uses and become a cohesive, fully functional, knowledge-based community.
Heading the effort is Steven Perkins, project coordinator for Pacific Rim Land, the master developer. From 2000 to 2008, Perkins was program director for Maui Economic Development Board (also based at the park). In 2008, he moved over to Pacific Rim to take on the new assignment.
Assisting with securing the necessary entitlements is Chris Hart, president of Chris Hart & Partners in Wailuku. Hart, a longtime Maui planner, has been active in the growth and development of the park since its inception.
“Maui first began planning for a research and technology facility in 1981,” Hart said, when the park was envisioned “as the third leg in a trio of economic engines that included agriculture, visitor industry and R&T.”
It became a reality in 1985, when the park was included in the Kihei-Makena Community Plan.
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