Construction could go round-the-clock at Ala Moana Center

 

For the past 10 weeks, construction crews have been making big changes to Ala Moana Center.

It’s all part of the new Ewa wing expansion project anchored by Bloomingdale’s.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the parking structure,” nearby resident Dave Berry said.

Berry lives across the street at Uraku Tower. He’s not a fan of the increased noise, but really got annoyed when he heard the work could soon last through the night.

“Now, they are asking to do this construction 24/7,” Berry said.

The construction company, Hawaiian Dredging, sent a letter to nearby residents informing them they’ve applied for a Community Noise Variance. The company is asking the Department of Health if they can do work from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

“I’m sure they’re going to come in and say, ‘Hey, no big deal’ and ‘We won’t disturb you or make any noise,’ but I won’t believe that,” Berry said.

“It will be around the clock and I don’t know how that will fly with the community itself,” 1350 Ala Moana General Manager Ron Komine, Jr. said.

Komine understands the work needs to get done, but wants them to reconsider doing work at night.

“If you know, sound carries up and a lot of noise comes in through bedroom. And a lot of residents are going to have a hard time dealing with that,” Komine said. “We would like to know exactly how long this will be, exactly what kind of work is going to take place.”

KHON2 called Ala Moana Center to find out, but they could not provide a timeline for how long the night work would last.

They did explain the reason for doing overnight work is for safety reasons because some of the construction can’t be done when the public is on property.

Hawaiian Dredging will hold an informational meeting to discuss the nighttime work.

It will be up to the DOH to approve it or not.

Informational Meeting

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lower Social Hall of the Makiki Christian Church
  • 829 Pensacola Street

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