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Development plan for old CompUSA site in Kakaako unveiled

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 01:28 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

Honolulu developer Alexander & Baldwin Inc. unveiled plans Tuesday for redeveloping the former CompUSA store site in Kakaako, and the more than $200 million project will include 466 condominiums, retail and restaurants in one tower and a pair of low-rise buildings.

The project called The Collection still needs approval from the Hawaii Community Development Authority, so it is at least a year away from construction.

Condo unit sales are expected to begin this summer, with prices starting near $400,000 and going well above $700,000, A&B indicated.

A&B has an option to buy the site once occupied by CompUSA from Kamehameha Schools for an undisclosed price.

Kamehameha Schools has a master plan for nine blocks in the area approved for a mix of high-rise and low-rise development, and the A&B project represents the second major piece of redevelopment in that plan. The first piece was a mid-rise rental apartment building known as 680 Ala Moana that Kamehameha Schools converted from an old office building.

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blkdrgn wrote:
Do we need more high rise buildings in Town? Why don't they put them in Kapolei where the 2nd city is supposed to be? It may cut down on traffic too.
on April 9,2013 | 11:10AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Replacing a defunct retail outlet with urban, inner-city housing is preferable for many than more development that adds to transportation woes. The jobs are in town, not Kapolei.
on April 9,2013 | 11:20AM
allie wrote:
True..Kapolei is a bust really. It never panned out and nobody wants to go there. It is all about the East Side.
on April 9,2013 | 11:37AM
silvangold wrote:
stop talking out of your behind allie.....no, you cant say NOBODY WANTS TO GO TO KAPOLEI. das only you. and i'm glad about that - I don't want allie there too.....you stick to the east side....in fact, just go over the edge and continue on to Cali.......hon................
on April 9,2013 | 01:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
If Allie is good at anything, it's talking out of her behind. One year transplant who seems to have all the right (wing) answers.
on April 9,2013 | 06:49PM
Skyler wrote:
'allie' had been here for years already. Some others might remember the aliases used. One started with an "E" and was so weird I can't remember how it was spelled.
on April 9,2013 | 10:19PM
pj737 wrote:
It's an invisible building in an invisible city. Now THIS is the future!!!
on April 9,2013 | 06:20PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I thought the invisible rail line was compelling too.
on April 9,2013 | 07:39PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree but when will all these development stop? Oahu can handle just so many people and our infrastructure is crumbling by all of this. When will it end?
on April 9,2013 | 12:50PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
It will end when they can no longer get a profitable return, I'm afraid. But at least it's infill development instead of more sprawl.
on April 9,2013 | 01:46PM
MakaniKai wrote:
As long as Politicians, Unions and Developers et al make Nui $$$$$$$$ it will not end. Not until they begin to feel the pain $$ and constant erosion of quality of life. Kiragirl your comment is right on: “Oahu can handle just so many people and our infrastructure is crumbling by all of this.” THEY just don’t get it. THEY don’t see what we see. Sad days for O’ahu and Hawaii Nei. OBTW condos begin pricing @ 400K Really? Aloha!
on April 9,2013 | 01:47PM
false wrote:
Not to mention the traffic in this area will be unbelievable. LOL
on April 9,2013 | 01:34PM
cojef wrote:
Yeah the infra-stucture sewer system that is ready stretched to the limit will back up and the residents will have wade through excrection and aroma to go holo holo.
on April 9,2013 | 02:20PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No traffic. This development is on the Rail line. Money will come in because of Rail.
on April 9,2013 | 06:21PM
Skyler wrote:
I'm sure it will sell well... I mean, who'd not want all that noise, day in & day out? Only you guys, NB...OD...BB... wiliki, etc.
on April 9,2013 | 10:20PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What traffic? I'm sleeping on the bus. Wake me up in September.
on April 9,2013 | 06:47PM
poidragon wrote:
The solution to that problem is to move the jobs, out of tthe city and put them where they are needed and have room to expand and grow instead of being locked into small lots with a hefty rental tag, with all the other merchants and business fighting each other for breathing room............urban sprawl is not condusive to growing a budding economy. Not all business need to be at the center of commerce lane and bonus boulevard!
on April 9,2013 | 07:41PM
johndoe wrote:
Kakaako is the urban core, this is where development is suppose to occur. They never changed the zoning when planning Kapolei so all you got is urban sprawl out there.
on April 9,2013 | 03:40PM
poidragon wrote:
Well then, you all ready see the beginnings of 'infrastructure failure' occurring in Wakiki, Ala Moana, Kapiolani, Makiki and Mccully! What do you think will occur in Kaka'ako in a few years as they build out their condominiums ,raise the population density in both Kaka'ako and Down Town Honolulu and not upgrade the sewer systems in those area's? Kaka'ako was industrial before they changed it to residential and office space and the infrastructure is still old, with new parts grafted and spliced in to shore it up. Soon enough Honolulu's new urban core is going to experience sewer system failures and spills, just like those occuring in McCully, Ala Moana and Wakiki as the system continues to age badly!
on April 10,2013 | 01:59AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I like this idea. Keep it downtown.
on April 9,2013 | 11:28AM
false wrote:
Last of The Mohicans. Where else will there be anymore of these prime land developments? Speaking of which, where is Captain Kirk?
on April 9,2013 | 05:08PM
false wrote:
The highest bidder won out. Next time Kirk, do your homework, before making speeches.
on April 9,2013 | 05:08PM
hi96822 wrote:
oh look the high-rise is invisible!
on April 9,2013 | 11:47AM
primo1 wrote:
Only when it's in stealth mode...
on April 9,2013 | 11:52AM
false wrote:
Somebody forgot to color it in. Remember now, this newspaper missed on Pubic.
on April 9,2013 | 05:03PM
Allenk wrote:
It's actually a Klingon cloaking device. When Captain Kirk arrives, his arch enemies will strike!
on April 9,2013 | 06:44PM
mcmukai wrote:
lol romulan condo using the cloaking device
on April 9,2013 | 11:54AM
Eagle156 wrote:
So if everybody is moving to downtown high rises who needs rail. Just shut it down now.
on April 9,2013 | 12:00PM
silvangold wrote:
B I N G O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on April 9,2013 | 01:20PM
pro populus wrote:
everybody? no no no, with $400k price tags, the only ppl moving in will be ignorant pompus a-wipes. So when are u applying?
on April 9,2013 | 01:49PM
false wrote:
on April 9,2013 | 05:05PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good location for this condo. This is smart development, putting the housing near the jobs unlike the "Second City" suburban sprawl. Not very imaginative design and the name - The Collection? - sounds like a Hannibal Lecter project. Got to love the "artist rendering". The only building in town.
on April 9,2013 | 12:09PM
lani_moo wrote:
Wonder if the rail passes near this development.
on April 9,2013 | 02:04PM
Hodad wrote:
Yes. Passes very close.
on April 9,2013 | 02:45PM
primo1 wrote:
Looks like they plan to demo a lot of Kakaako for this project...lol.
on April 9,2013 | 03:04PM
pakeheat wrote:
$400,000-$700,00 prices of the condo, nice to know it's not affordable to the minimum wage earner. No wonder lots of rich foreigners will be moving here in the future, LOL.
on April 9,2013 | 12:25PM
pro populus wrote:
sooo true. where is the affordable housing to keep the locals here? we gotta stop laying out the welcome mat to out-of-touch out-of-towners who know nothing of our home. c'mon Kamehameha, before you sell this land, condition the agreement on a certain percentage of units dedicated to middle-income workers
on April 9,2013 | 01:52PM
steveoctober wrote:
500k isn't a bad price for a prime location. You don't have to be rich either - lots of financially responsible folks who actually studied hard, went to college, and majored in something worthwhile so they got a real career going can afford this.
on April 9,2013 | 02:16PM
pakeheat wrote:
Do the math stevoctober, who has saved up 20% down? Do you know the monthly mortgage and maintenance added on? Yes, for the location it isn't bad but still numbers don't lie, this is not affordable to middle income families.
on April 9,2013 | 03:51PM
false wrote:
Not rich foreigners necessarily however rich investors, who in turn would rent to the dregs which may occupy the unit at overcrowding conditions. However, it seems that if there is a market for it, where are the people that can afford it? Every two of three people on Oahu work two jobs, or the equivalent of three part time jobs. Where are we getting these RICH people from?
on April 9,2013 | 04:58PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Start collecting cans.
on April 9,2013 | 06:48PM
false wrote:
pakeheat: O'ahu will become the next Hong Kong, overpopulated but without any industry. Time to think "outer islands".
on April 9,2013 | 08:04PM
pakeheat wrote:
Your so right false, better to go to the outer islands and live in peace
on April 9,2013 | 08:22PM
loquaciousone wrote:
If you take two steps to the left you can't see Diamond Head.
on April 9,2013 | 12:42PM
pakeheat wrote:
What happened to all the high rises in Honolulu area including Waikiki?
on April 9,2013 | 03:52PM
false wrote:
Need to ride the eye in the sky, u know, one helicopter.
on April 9,2013 | 05:01PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Buildeeengs? I don need no steeenkin buildeeengs.
on April 9,2013 | 12:44PM
Bandibear wrote:
Misue of "and' in the first and last paragraphs.
on April 9,2013 | 01:06PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Not in the version I just read.
on April 9,2013 | 01:10PM
false wrote:
Early version, yet to be proofread. Then again, Pubic was missed lol.
on April 9,2013 | 05:02PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Must be a smartphone texter to misuse words and syntax.
on April 9,2013 | 06:49PM
Lanikaula wrote:
Y would that comment be sent for approval?
on April 9,2013 | 03:22PM
false wrote:
An undignified word was probably used. For example if u use the word far-t, u would be disapproved.
on April 9,2013 | 04:54PM
Lanikaula wrote:
i just asked the question as WHO are approving the recent sales of KS Lands?
on April 9,2013 | 03:23PM
false wrote:
on April 9,2013 | 05:06PM
Wazdat wrote:
AWESOME more crowded skyline, traffic will be NUTS and NO ROAD IMPROVEMENTS...GOOD JOB
on April 9,2013 | 04:42PM
false wrote:
Somebody is smiling, lining their pockets with Millions.
on April 9,2013 | 04:53PM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's me! Can't beat 'em. Join 'em! Join the rat race.
on April 9,2013 | 06:51PM
pakeheat wrote:
You lucky bugga, LOL.
on April 9,2013 | 08:24PM
false wrote:
When are we going to hear news about redevelopment of sites for homeless shelters? Caldwell and Abercrombie, get on it, man.
on April 9,2013 | 04:53PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The year 2059?
on April 9,2013 | 06:50PM
koa26 wrote:
Don't like the high rise. Enough!
on April 9,2013 | 06:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Oh Goody. Another building. More property taxes for my muni bonds.
on April 9,2013 | 06:44PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I hope they knock down that CompUSA building. They really treated us backpackers like we stole something. Bad memories.
on April 9,2013 | 06:46PM
localguy wrote:
Wonder why A&B didn't use a real picture of the area to show how they development plan would really look? Must be they realized it would be a bust so they are trying to hide their design failure. Once again, a developer is paying off people to get something. Glad to see the development will not affect local traffic in any way, will have on property parking, take care of their own sewage, no impact on the city. Yes, our bureaucrats will ensure all is done right. NOT!!! Give us a break.
on April 9,2013 | 07:32PM
poidragon wrote:
Since when did Kaka'ako become the next overly developed real estate in Honolulu? The whole area is becoming so overpopulated with Condo's and other sky high buildings, it's like the developers in Honolulu have all decided to blot and block out the remaining ocean views from Makiki to downtown! Someone has to stand up and declare 'enough' to such construction, as Honolulu does not have to emulate 'mainstreet USA,' and be just like any other metro city in America with such a high density of population all crammed into a few city blocks! Honolulu was an island paradise, full of mother nature's bounty, green and growing; now Paradise has been paved over and all the green has turned into shades of bland concrete, so it behooves me to ask, WHY? Why do we have to be like those idiots in the continental United States? Why can't we keep our islands green and beautiful, instead of over building and turning everything into shades of Concrete? Why not try and design buildings that flow with the landscape and what Mother nature has blessed us with?
on April 9,2013 | 07:36PM
Skyler wrote:
Funny how they have the clouds showing through the building, as if it's transparent.
on April 9,2013 | 10:17PM
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