Kauai commission approves zoning, variance permits for Coco Palms Resort

Coco Palms Resort on Kauai (File photo)

A shuttered Kauai resort is one step closer to reopening.

On Tuesday, the Kauai Planning Commission unanimously approved redevelopment of Coco Palms Resort, voting in favor of zoning and variance permits with conditions that address issues such as traffic and historic preservation.

According to the planning department’s website, the permits would allow the repair and reconstruction of the resort including but not limited to: 350 hotel units, Lotus Restaurant and Flame Room Bar, the Lobby Building, the Commercial Building, three swimming pools, Queen’s Audience Hall, the Palms Lanai, Sea Shell Restaurant, Chapel in the Palms, two of four Bridge Crossings; the construction of a new Utility and Maintenance Building and a new Queen Lagoon Building into a spa and gym facility on the site of the previously demolished structure.

Coco Palms hopes to get the final permits by the end of the year, and begin construction early next year, reopening by late 2017.

It’s been closed since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

The resort is located on 04-241 Kuhio Highway in Wailua and spans approximately 28.5 acres.

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