The Ward Village Gateway project received the green light Tuesday from the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
The project would replace the area that currently houses Ward Warehouse with two mixed-use towers containing approximately 236 residences, 20,000-square feet of retail space and a one-acre public park.
It is the first residential and commercial development project in Phase Two of the Ward Village Master Plan. A second project features a flagship 50,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market and additional retail space.
“The first phase of our master plan is bringing significant economic growth and new community amenities to the neighborhood, furthering our mission of revitalizing and enhancing this growing community,” said Nick Vanderboom, senior vice president of development of Ward Village. “The Ward Village Gateway project will connect the community from mauka to makai with the introduction of a new public park, helping to realize our vision for an integrated, sustainable neighborhood that provides a gathering place for all of Honolulu.”
Ward Village Gateway will be designed by Richard Meier & Partners in collaboration with executive architect, Architects Hawaii, and a team of local consultants.
The public park will serve as the start of a planned four-acre public park that will open up a pedestrian connection from the heart of Ward Village to the center of Kewalo Basin Harbor. The park will include water elements flowing towards the ocean, public seating, native plants and walking pathways.
The long-term 60-acre Ward Village Master Plan was designed to feature pedestrian friendly streets, a carefully curated selection of local and national retailers, beautiful open spaces and both market-rate and workforce residences.
It is the largest LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) Platinum-Certified neighborhood in the United States and the first of its kind in Hawaii.
Click here to view plans for the project on HCDA’s website.