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900 condo units planned at Ward Centers in Kakaako

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 10:54 a.m. HST, May 21, 2013

The owner of Ward Centers unveiled new details today about its first three residential high-rises slated to break ground next year as a first phase of a long-term plan calling for 22 towers.

Howard Hughes Corp., a Dallas-based company that owns the 60-acre Ward Centers property in Kakaako, said the three towers will have a total of about 900 condominium units and cost about $1 billion.

About 9,000 direct and indirect jobs would be created by the project, the company estimated.

Construction is projected to start in 2014 if permitting approvals are granted by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency regulating development in Kakaako.

The towers are planned on a parking lot makai of the Ward theater complex, a site occupied by Pier 1 Imports and an area along Ward Avenue occupied in part by Kanpai Bar and Grill.

Hughes Corp. has an approved master plan to develop up to 4,300 residential units on its property through 2024, an approval the company inherited in 2010 when it acquired the Ward land from General Growth Properties.

The estimated $7.5 billion master plan envisions 22 towers and about twice as much retail, dining and entertainment venues than exist now at Ward Centers.

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96706 wrote:
More units ... for the rich and famous ONLY. Slowly but surely the locals are being pushed out of our homeland ... first the neighbor islands ... now Oahu. Sad.
on May 21,2013 | 10:41AM
HOSSANA wrote:
I agree wholeheartedly with your comment. Who da hell can pay or purchase or take out a mortgage paying for a $900,000 plus condo with min. payment of $2000 a month and that doesn't even include their maint. fee. Geezus, and one wonders why people are occupying or sleeping on the sidewalks.........rents are so high even in apt. buildings and to pay a mortgage of considerable amt. is even more absurb.
on May 21,2013 | 10:55AM
niimi wrote:
For some of these new condos the maintenance fees alone are $1,500 a month That's rent or a mortgage payment in an older building.
on May 21,2013 | 10:41PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This is what happened after Jan. 1893, when more American settlers and immigrants moved to Hawai'i. This is the modern version.
on May 21,2013 | 11:10AM
64hoo wrote:
wrong its mostly Japanese immigrants after ww2 that moved to Hawaii and Japanese business men who build all the high rises don't blame the mainland immigrants.
on May 21,2013 | 07:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Wow... this not-too-bright "historian" is on another plane.
on May 21,2013 | 08:12PM
HD36 wrote:
Wrong, the biggest rip off was from Bishop Estate.
on May 21,2013 | 08:16PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Non-Hawaiians always say that.
on May 21,2013 | 08:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
You think only the rich benefit? How about the jobs it will produce.
on May 21,2013 | 11:15AM
Sunny wrote:
Yes, jobs to cater and serve the rich and famous!
on May 21,2013 | 11:33AM
MANDA wrote:
They are counting temporary jobs, jobs that will end once the skyline is further ruined and the land is more crowded. Then they will need to build more to satisfy the building trades unions, and then claim they are "creating jobs." Shibai.
on May 21,2013 | 02:12PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Thank you Manda. I thought I was alone. Let's call it what it is...TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT, not jobs. And the more of them we have the more unemployment we end up with when the cycle is down. And to get the cycle up again we have to rape the aina yet once again.
on May 22,2013 | 01:38AM
niimi wrote:
Jobs are only a temporary upside.
on May 21,2013 | 10:42PM
Mei mei wrote:
true! who the frick can afford these units??? it's sad :(((
on May 21,2013 | 11:18AM
olos73 wrote:
The same people that going shop at Ala Moana Center.
on May 21,2013 | 07:13PM
HD36 wrote:
They already have sold all 206 units at One Ala Moana at an average price of $1,593,840 by December 2012. Average size is 1,362 sq ft.
on May 21,2013 | 03:23PM
Mei mei wrote:
Clearly the majority has to be rich foreign investors that will try to rent out their untis for some outlanding rental amount, that really none of the local folk will be able to afford blaaaaaaahhh!!!
on May 21,2013 | 03:37PM
HD36 wrote:
True, if you're American you have to be married to a citizen of a foreign country before you can buy property. The US is for sale because the government is so deep into debt and our trade deficit keeps getting larger. Massive speculation is going on as the Fed holds rates near 0%.
on May 21,2013 | 03:56PM
Mei mei wrote:
on May 21,2013 | 03:58PM
niimi wrote:
I'm going to try to make some money off of these condo high rises.
on May 21,2013 | 10:46PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Easy..get two thousand locals. Put your money in the bank. Go rogue homeless, commit for two years. Save money with no rent/utilities for two years. Live on the streetsin front of these condos, begging and panhandling the owners. They gey sick and tired. They all leave. You buy when the market drop! Use your savings for down payment! Who's In?
on May 21,2013 | 04:29PM
hanalei395 wrote:
When the Hawaiians complained about being "pushed out of our homeland", the American settlers and immigrants thought it was funny.
on May 21,2013 | 08:40PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The Abercrombie plan...you voted him in...not me.
on May 21,2013 | 09:35PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Honolulu is slowly becoming a CONCRETE JUNGLE in the most literal sense of the word and the current administration is certainly playing a role in building these concrete towers.
on May 21,2013 | 10:47AM
niimi wrote:
At least on Oahu and in Honolulu it already is a concrete jungle.
on May 21,2013 | 10:44PM
HOSSANA wrote:
What party has been in power when all these building permits have been approved in the last 25-40 years???
on May 21,2013 | 10:48AM
Anonymous wrote:
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
on May 21,2013 | 10:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And the parking lot across the Ward Theaters is now a site for one of the towers.
on May 21,2013 | 12:40PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMEPk6fvpg
on May 22,2013 | 01:47AM
allie wrote:
concrete hell there
on May 21,2013 | 11:10AM
olos73 wrote:
Better there, then here.
on May 21,2013 | 07:17PM
mikethenovice wrote:
More property tax to pay for my muni bonds.
on May 21,2013 | 11:14AM
Skeeter wrote:
Will the sewer lines be able to sustain the flow of sewage from all these units? Glad that I live west of this area.
on May 21,2013 | 11:15AM
kaizuhboy wrote:
where is the water going to come from? not only kakaako but the ewa plains too? security is an issue as density increases.
on May 21,2013 | 11:19AM
Mythman wrote:
22 towers who would have ever thought, what, ten years ago. this would happen...
on May 21,2013 | 11:58AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
22 is just Howard Hughes Corp. Overall there are nearly 30 condos planned for the area.
on May 21,2013 | 02:29PM
myviewofthings wrote:
get a better job
on May 21,2013 | 12:17PM
hon2255 wrote:
Rich chinese from mainland china will be purchasing these units
on May 21,2013 | 12:32PM
hanalei395 wrote:
What's the difference is it from anybody from anywhere "purchasing these units"? Why did you mention Chinese?
on May 21,2013 | 01:24PM
localguy wrote:
Nothing racial. It is a fact affluent Chinese prefer to invest in America for homes. Did you see the TV news showing whole empty cities, no one living there. Soon this building bubble will bust, dragging down the Chinese economy. They see safety in USA, higher building code standards, no corruption like in China.
on May 21,2013 | 03:55PM
hon2255 wrote:
22 towers? you gotta be kidding, NO, so much concrete, we will be a sinking island on south shore , giant wall of concrete, to serve as a protective barrier if a giant tsunami ever hits! ha ha how about 22 swaying towers if another 7.0 earthquake hits!!!
on May 21,2013 | 12:36PM
Mallory wrote:
what ever happened to developing on the west side like Kapolei - the second city to spreadout the population density in order to alleviate traffic congestion?
on May 21,2013 | 01:21PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Bravo Howard Hughes. Hawaii needs more housing. And for those who say they can't afford it. Would you be able to afford houses instead? Probably not, since those tend to be more expensive on average compared to condos. And this disclosure doesn't say anything about what kind of condos, high-end, mid-level, entry-level, etc. HHC is building 22 condos, I'd imagine they'd have enough sense to have a percentage of those for all levels of income.
on May 21,2013 | 02:22PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
These look pretty good. They are oriented mauka-makai. They are within height limits. They are not crowding other developments - the two on the east side are a reasonable continuation of the Hokua/Ko'olani/etc complex and they do not drive small businesses out of place.

So far, so good. We'll keep an eye out for variances, changes in height, and all the other zoning and permitting stuff that frequently comes next.

on May 21,2013 | 02:27PM
tiki886 wrote:
Same whining and complaining when Salt Lake, Makiki and Hawaii Kai was developed. The only difference today is there is a new generation of whiners. Must be the entitilement mentality being taught in government monopoly skrewls.
on May 21,2013 | 02:34PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Very good point. Salt Lake is the definition of a concrete jungle, as is Makiki. Throw in portions of Pearl City/Aiea too while you're at it.
on May 21,2013 | 03:16PM
olos73 wrote:
Add Kakaako to the list. At least the residents going be in walking distance to the stores, restaurants, and the beach.
on May 21,2013 | 07:03PM
HD36 wrote:
Lets see a picture with the planned 22 towers instead of 3.
on May 21,2013 | 03:05PM
fairgame947 wrote:
on May 21,2013 | 03:47PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Too much? Wait till the rest of the 22 towers arrive....
on May 21,2013 | 04:32PM
2_centz wrote:
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on May 21,2013 | 03:55PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Weedland out where Hoopili will be built.
on May 21,2013 | 04:21PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on May 21,2013 | 04:20PM
agumakiki wrote:
anada concrete jungle is being created
on May 21,2013 | 07:48PM
Wazdat wrote:
Oahu has SOLD OUT and will OVER DEVELOP this SMALL beautiful island.
on May 21,2013 | 10:26PM
Woofwoofwoof wrote:
Limit progress and reduce height limitation to 75'
on May 21,2013 | 10:38PM
niimi wrote:
Yowza! 22 towers? Holy smokes, Batman! That's a lot of construction jobs for the next couple of decades. Imagine the traffic during construction projects and after it's all done. If you leave after 7:00 AM from Salt Lake it can take someone 15 minutes just to get out of Salt Lake. The same will be for Kaka'ako.
on May 21,2013 | 10:39PM
HawaiiNoKaOi wrote:
Demand seems so great that even the under construction condo between Koolani and Hawaiki Tower is almost sold out. Why would anyone buy into this bldg is beyond me as space and views are limited............best to wait for the other new condos being proposed.
on May 28,2013 | 11:11AM
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