2 high rise developments slated for Kakaako seeking state approval

Ward project

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Its been dubbed the “Kakaako Master Plan” a mission to rejuvenate the neighborhood with high-rise and low rise residential buildings plus retail space.

The Howard Hughes location offers 424 units and would be built off of Ward Avenue across the street from Sports Authority.

The second location, where Comp USA used to stand is aimed at transforming this used car dealership into a residential tower, mid-rise flats, studios, town homes and retail space.

Its known as “The Collection”, and is being developed by Alexander & Baldwin.

However, the Alexander & Baldwin proposal collected major opposition from neighbors Wednesday before the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

“Its an unimaginative 418-foot slab tower,” Kakaako resident Sharon Moriwaki said.

The 43-story tower sits on Kamehameha School’s land and could house more than 466 families. The prices starts in the high 300-thousands which means this development is not meant for affordable housing.

“It is not moderate housing, it is not workforce housing, it is housing for those in the richest 25 percent of our population,” Kakaako resident Galen Fox said.

According to state law, 20 percent of housing in the Kakaako area must be designated reserved/affordable.

Developers say other current and upcoming properties meet this need as part of the overall residential plan.

“It does not meet state law, nor HCDA Mauka rules and plan, not the Kamehameha master plan,” Moriwaki said.

Residents living nearby at one waterfront tower say they don’t want a new high rise in their neighborhood.

“We are going to have super problems with traffic, the infrastructure on South Street and Auahi, they are not going to support all the things that go in there,” One Waterfront Board President George Beavin said.

So far, A&B has done studies to determine the neighborhood and traffic impact and even conducted a shadow assessment to find out where the tower’s shadow will fall.

Architects have also drawn the tower to sit sideways so it doesn’t block as many views. the HCDA will hold another public meeting on the proposal next month.


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