The main entrance to the parking structure at Ward Warehouse is temporarily blocked off as crews remove an aging pedestrian bridge.
Todd Apo, vice president of community development for The Howard Hughes Corp., says the walkway has “reached the end of its life” and is no longer safe to use.
“This pedestrian walkway itself had been closed to walk passage for past couple of months. We got a report back from engineers saying the best thing to do was to demolish it and take it down,” he explained. “We’re shoring up the area to make sure the demolition happens safely. Once it’s taken down, we will be able to reopen entrance to the parking structure.”
An alternate entrance to the parking garage has been set up just off Auahi Street.
Plans are already in the works to demolish Ward Warehouse and redevelop the area, but officials have yet to determine when exactly that will happen.
“We know this is an aging building. The fact that something like this has reached the end of its use for life, we’re examining all of Ward Warehouse, making sure it remains safe and enjoyable for customers, tenants, and merchants, but also making sure it fits within what happens with this redevelopment,” Apo said.
Apo says redevelopment studies and projects could take months.