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State approves new 400-foot Ward Avenue condo tower

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

The Hawaii Community Development Authority voted 6-0 today to approve the building of a 400-foot  condominium tower at 404 Ward Ave., where the Dixie Grill used to be.

The state agency in charge of development in Kakaako approved the plans that include the building being 120 feet from the neighboring building, instead of the 300 feet required under HCDA rules.

The tower will be built by Howard Hughes Corp. and have 424 units.

This is to be the first of 22 towers Howard Hughes Corp. plans to build on 60 acres it owns in Kakaako.

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bluespop wrote:
The Hawaii Construction & Developers' Association.
on July 17,2013 | 12:14PM
grantos wrote:
Bias reporting or just laziness? Why reference Dixie Grill when the current leaseholder is Kanpai Bar and Grill?
on July 17,2013 | 12:24PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
on July 17,2013 | 02:32PM
Manoahillside wrote:
Why do we have rules if the State Administration is going to break them? The responsibility goes to the top, NEAL ABERCROMBE. If you vote David Ige for Gov, he will follow the rules, not break them.
on July 17,2013 | 12:47PM
Mike174 wrote:
Variance, Variance, who wants to buy a variance?
on July 17,2013 | 12:58PM
false wrote:
The State? More like the dicatorship known as HCDA. Quick, Hughes, get in there before they hit you up for making $60 million profit on nothing but air rights over the ala moana shopping center. Get rich quick white folks...
on July 17,2013 | 01:03PM
Wazdat wrote:
Why have any RULES. They CHANGE them at every turn. WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE THIS CITY IS.
on July 17,2013 | 01:04PM
mcc wrote:
What about the traffic on Ward Ave????
on July 17,2013 | 01:25PM
Slow wrote:
The smoothly paved and well-designed Ward Avenue you mean?
on July 17,2013 | 01:30PM
mcc wrote:
Build, build, build. Worry about traffic bumbye.
on July 17,2013 | 01:26PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Rule: 300 foot separation

Approved: 120 feet.

Come on. that's not even close to complying with the rules. But, hey, the HCDA is up to its usual developer-loving tricks. Ignore the residents - fatten the developers wallets.

on July 17,2013 | 01:28PM
false wrote:
I think someone or some people are getting paid off at HCDA.
on July 17,2013 | 01:58PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
And the inevitable gentrification of Kakaako marches on.... better there than da country.
on July 17,2013 | 02:32PM
inverse wrote:
Even before these massive condos are completed, Ward Avenue is already a bottleneck and very difficult to get through. Besides Ward ave, there is no other way to get into Kakaako. There is Pensacola, but that terminates and you have to either cross or turn on Ward. South Street is one way mauka so that is not an option and a bottleneck itself due to the S King/Kapiolani/Alapai intersection that will back up when Beretania backs up. As it is now with construction on Ward Ave with the Board of Water supply or sewage (don't know which) near S King st, it is already a complete nightmare. Cannot even image having to add another streetlight to allow people to come in/out of these Ward Ave mega towers. At least these new condo owners will be close walking distance to all of the hostess bars in the area and be new neighbors to all the homeless that hang out and sleep in the Kakaako area.
on July 17,2013 | 02:51PM
hawnpunch wrote:
When and who approved these height limits!? NO 190PLUS!!! No HK in Honolulu!!!
on July 17,2013 | 04:04PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
The best government money can buy!
on July 17,2013 | 04:59PM
niimi wrote:
I love Captain Kirk, he approves projects at an even more feverish rate than did Jeremy. Mufi caused the last economic downturn by not approving hardly any construction except for his pet rail project that has a big sucking sound attached to it. WE HAVE ALL THIS CONSTRUCTION GOING ON NOW so WE DO NOT NEED RAIL CONSTRUCTION JOBS. Shut that project down.
on July 17,2013 | 05:09PM
brusselsprouts wrote:
They go from as many as 10 to 22 !?! There is no way the area can sustain that much over development. Simple greed. The Gov backs this plan btw. Pathetic. HCDA need to be stopped. Read the Civil Beats article "Developing Kakaako: The Big Picture" - you'll see what a bunch of (sic) they are.
on July 17,2013 | 08:51PM
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