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HCDA staff recommends new condo be denied permit

By Andrew Gomes

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LAST UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. HST, Jul 03, 2013


The Hawaii Community Development Authority decided today to take a final vote August 7 on whether to allow a new condominium project to rise significantly above the height limit for the site and stand closer to the adjacent Imperial Plaza building than rules permit.

Today the HCDA voted 6-0 to adopt a staff finding that concluded the height and spacing of the proposed tower at 803 Waimanu  would have “significant adverse effects” on the neighborhood.

The HCDA staff recommended the development permit be denied because of the significant departures from the rules pertaining to proximity to Imperial Plaza and the tower’s height.

The HCDA won’t make its decision on the permit until the August 7 meeting.







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allie wrote:
good..this entire area sounds like a nightmare. It is being way overdeveloped.
on July 3,2013 | 12:07PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Really? No variance?
on July 3,2013 | 12:08PM
mcc wrote:
Yet...
on July 3,2013 | 12:23PM
inverse wrote:
Guess did not offer enough $$$$$$$$$$$
on July 3,2013 | 01:36PM
bender wrote:
That was my thought, they either didn't offer enough kickback or offered it to the wrong guy(s).
on July 4,2013 | 05:33AM
hawaiinui wrote:
My guess is that this is a little tidbit to keep the justified community pacificed at the moment. The real stuff comes at the next meeting...giving those developers time to regroup and see the $$$ options.
on July 4,2013 | 06:00AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Congratulations to the HCDA for recognizing that this development would have been bad for the neighborhood and its residents. Let's keep an eye peeled to make sure this doesn't get reversed down the line.
on July 3,2013 | 12:20PM
honoluludave wrote:
Congrats to the HCDA staff for producing a truthful report. Let's wait until 8/7 to see if congrats are truly appropriate to HCDA.
on July 3,2013 | 03:05PM
hawaiinui wrote:
BTW, the HCDA "staff" called this?...not the Authority? Can't be that pencil pushers at desks there are calling this. Not unless the Board members of the Hawaii Community Develpment Authority are now considered just that...staffers.
on July 4,2013 | 06:03AM
bigb087 wrote:
whew, what a relief! a government agency that decided to follow it's own rules. great job by the grass roots efforts of Kaka'ako Do It Right in bringing the developer's request for extreme variances to light.
on July 3,2013 | 12:24PM
TheWalk wrote:
Finally, a victory for common sense.
on July 3,2013 | 12:52PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Good, thank you HCDA. Seems like the community is against it and rightly so. IMHO.
on July 3,2013 | 12:54PM
Sunny wrote:
The developers are touting having 194 affordable units if they are allowed the variance, BIG DEAL!
on July 3,2013 | 01:12PM
PMINZ wrote:
Affordable - I wonder for who ? How many non locals ? plus it almost always turns out to only be affordable to RICH!
on July 3,2013 | 01:22PM
kiragirl wrote:
Yipeeeeee!
on July 3,2013 | 02:29PM
Opelu wrote:
It kinda sounds like a game referee who makes a couple of marginal calls and makes an attempt to balance it all out with one that makes sense. Now we watch .......
on July 3,2013 | 03:24PM
soundofreason wrote:
and REMEMBER the names of the politicians who were pushing FOR this AGAINST the wishes of the voters in their district.
on July 3,2013 | 07:10PM
autumnrose wrote:
victory...? no, not until the other shoe drops on Aug. 7... WHO ($$$?) is invested at Imperial Plaza, which is even taller than the proposed little 803? surely we know HCDA did NOT listen to the overwhelming number of voices of the little people (including ABERCROMBIE'S WIFE) who testified to OPPOSE variance alignment for Symphony condo tower. Obviously 803 developer did not have enough$$$ connection$$$.
on July 3,2013 | 09:10PM
hawaiinui wrote:
You are exactly right...now one would have to be mindful that all these developers often try to get rid of the competition. Getting HCDA to play is easy enough through the Gov's office where they sit down, talk story and gets it done...or in this case, not done. True to the words...Money talks and bs walks.
on July 4,2013 | 05:57AM
Advsurfsail wrote:
It's about time they found some balls and recommend against a project. What good are zoning laws if all one needs is a variance or zone change and they. Get approved? It seems that there are way too many zone changes and variances!
on July 4,2013 | 07:52AM
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