Keep Kahala, Kahala!
That’s the message from a group of Kahala residents who are suing Alexander & Baldwin and the city Department of Planning and Permitting over plans to build multi-unit homes.
The lawsuit claims that DPP approved an environment assessment of the project at 4607 Kahala Avenue, but did not take into account how the new beach-front units would change the character of the community.
“Those type of communities, Laguna Beach in Southern California, they don’t have single-family homes. They’re pretty much wall-to-wall apartment houses, luxury condos. Venice Beach, Marina Del Ray, that’s what Kahala could wind up looking like.”
Alexander & Baldwin released the following statement in response:
Three years ago, we invested in the Kahala community with the vision to restore and add value to the neighborhood. We believe we’ve achieved this, and given the significant remaining properties we still own in Kahala, we are committed to creating a project that enhances the value and quality of the neighborhood. We have been transparent in sharing our project plans, which are fully permitted by City zoning regulations and similar to other tasteful multi-unit homes that exist just a short distance from the property.
The project would result in three buildings with six dwellings on a 1.3-acre lot.