HCDA approves high-rise development with Whole Foods Market

Rendering provided by Howard Hughes Corp.

Ward Village, a community by The Howard Hughes Corp., received approval Wednesday from the Hawaii Community Development Authority for its fifth mixed-use project, the second residential and commercial development in Phase Two of the Ward Village Master Plan.

Located at the ‘ewa-makai corner of Queen and Kamakee streets, the building will include a highly-anticipated grocery store, new retail space and homes for local residents.

The development will feature a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market that will serve both residents of Ward Village and the entire community as the specialty grocer’s largest store in Hawaii. The project will also include approximately 12,000 square-feet of additional retail space, district-wide parking and a tower with approximately 466 total residences.

The approved project is designed by architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, who are internationally recognized for their portfolio of residential, civic and commercial work, including the most iconic retail store in the world, the Apple cube on 5th Avenue in New York. The project will be designed in collaboration with executive architect, Architects Hawaii, and a team of local consultants. The design will include indoor/outdoor seating at Whole Foods Market and be influenced by healthy, dynamic and nourishing natural elements. In addition, Halekauwila Street will become a walkable thoroughfare.

“This approval marks another important milestone as we create a thriving Ward Village neighborhood for all to enjoy,” said Nick Vanderboom, senior vice president of development for Ward Village. “We are excited to introduce several new community amenities as part of Phase Two of Ward Village, including a flagship grocery store, homes targeted for local residents, and a public park.”

The long-term vision of the Ward Village Master Plan strives to create a neighborhood that celebrates the land’s rich history and authentically reflects the spirit of Hawaii. It will be anchored by a four-acre public park that will serve as a multipurpose central gathering space where residents and visitors can enjoy an array of community events.

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