Affordable units could fill old Kanpai site

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A new, 43-floor condominium could become part of a master planned community in Kakaako.

KHON2 found out that 90 percent of the units will be affordable, helping to address the state’s housing needs.

Hundreds of Hawaii’s working families could call the corner of Ward and Halekauwila home. The Howard Hughes Corp. wants to build a 400-foot-tower across Sports Authority.

“It’s something really supportable because it is seeking to provide at an affordable level, it’s something the Governor is really pushing,” Hawaii Community Development Authority Executive Director Anthony Ching said.

Howard Hughes is proposing 415 units for the high-rise, with 375 of them affordable, set aside for families making less than $120,000. The building could have up to 43 floors and would be within blocks of a proposed rail station.

“And so that’s why a parcel such as this is really important that you have working people that have access to transit,” Ching said.

The building at 404 Ward Avenue would be part of Howard Hughes’ vision to transform Ward Centers into Ward Village. Over the next decade, Ward will double its retail, dining and entertainment space and could offer more than 4,000 residential units.

According to HCDA, the plan is to make the Ward area more pedestrian friendly.

“Instead of perhaps us being dominated by the car and being drowned out by cars,” Ching said.

Residents KHON2 talked to have mixed feelings about the overall project.

“If it’s affordable, then that’s good for the people, for the community,” Honolulu resident Clarence Nicola said.

“We gotta keep Hawaii, Hawaii. We don’t need more stores. We need to build more green. We gotta keep things the way they are,” Honolulu resident Rene Kahumoku said.

A hearing will be held next month on the proposed high-rise.

A decision is expected in July.

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