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State approves two new condo towers near Ward Theatres

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 12:27 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013

The Hawaii Community Development Authority voted 7-0 today to approve the building of a 177-unit luxury condominium tower on the parking lot makai of the Ward Theatres  and a 318-unit tower on the site of Pier 1 Imports.

With unobstructed ocean views overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park and Kewalo Basin boat harbor, the larger of the two towers is expected to command prices that will reach or exceed several million dollars

Pier 1 will move to the new TJ Maxx building nearby to make way for the smaller of the two towers.

David Striph, senior vice president in Hawaii for the Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based company that owns the 60-acre Ward Centers property, has said the two new towers are part of the first phase of a $7.5 billion Hughes Corp. master plan calling for 22 towers with up to 4,300 residential units replacing nearly all existing retail, warehouse and other buildings at Ward Centers over the next decade or more.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
The gentrification of Kakaako continues. Makes sound sense. Just make sure the infrastructure can support the increased population. Given the location, this Tower is bound to be Hokua-, Nauru Tower-esque.
on August 21,2013 | 12:16PM
Mei mei wrote:
also very unaffordable-esque!!!! very the average local :/
on August 21,2013 | 12:26PM
allie wrote:
ghastly looking buildings..concrete city
on August 21,2013 | 01:40PM
8082062424 wrote:
life in the cement jungle
on August 21,2013 | 12:40PM
mcc wrote:
Building without any thought. The making of Manhattan Island and the end of the rainbow.
on August 21,2013 | 12:53PM
mcc wrote:
More buildings for foreigners and mainlanders for the sake of higher property taxes to steal.
on August 21,2013 | 12:54PM
Wazdat wrote:
YUP...SELLING OUT once again.
on August 21,2013 | 02:18PM
ryan02 wrote:
Building up in the urban core makes more sense than allowing single-story urban sprawl to take over the whole island. I'm just worried that the City and State, as usual, didn't think it through -- can the capacities of sewer facilities, schools, streets, etc., handle the addition? If so, then I'd rather see the development here than on previous agricultural land.
on August 21,2013 | 01:52PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
A few months ago, when one of these first new condos planned for Kakaako made the news, a poster provided a handful of very detailed, insightful comments, including links to public documents, which detailed how the CCOH and State have been making infrastructure upgrades and improvements to the Kakaako district over the past so many years, specifically for purposes such as this. It's a valid concern people have, but presumably it has been thought of and addressed by the State and CCOH. It would help, of course, when such announcements are made/developments occur, if they would also address this infrastructure question (is it adequate? If not, has sufficient improvements been made a non-negotiable condition of the development?), since it's obvious it's on many people's minds.
on August 21,2013 | 02:19PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
They said an additional $49 million in sewer line improvements would be needed for this but the developer might get tagged with that cost (not clear). Then, it is not yet certain what happens if development upstream of Kaka'ako causes more demand on force mains in the area. Dicey.

Don't forget too - these lands are in the inundation area. They will flood. The water table is only 6 feet underground, too. But, hey, the rich foreigners don't care.

on August 21,2013 | 04:21PM
Wazdat wrote:
Welcome to the new HONG KONG. Oahu will be DESTROYED with all this development. HOW SAD
on August 21,2013 | 02:17PM
mcc wrote:
Don't worry, the plan for rail already did the destruction.
on August 21,2013 | 02:27PM
mcc wrote:
Foreigners and mainlanders can afford this and will love living so close to the beach and shopping It also will bring lots of property taxes for politicians to spend along with making Hawaii more unaffordable for locals.
on August 21,2013 | 02:22PM
false wrote:
Locals can become the bellboys and maids and security guards. Job security for our high school grads.
on August 21,2013 | 02:55PM
Mei mei wrote:
u 4 got Valet >>
on August 21,2013 | 03:37PM
MakaniKai wrote:
What the Frick! How much kala was in da envelops? Wonder if the usual suspects were chumming the waters for da green. This is sickening!!!!!!!!!
on August 21,2013 | 02:46PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Is HCDA out of their "friggin" mind? I've not spoken with one resident of this state who favors what the heck is going on other than the people who are $$$$ involved. Absolute ruination of beautiful Hawaii.
on August 21,2013 | 03:10PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Here is the real giggle:

Every condo has to provide a certain amount of affordable units. But if you have a "master plan" like Hughes or KS, the affordable units do not have to be in the same building. OK so far?

In this case Hughes is making the ocean view condo with zero affordable units. Instead the affordable units will be in a much lower class building smack dab on the rail line where the old Dixie Cafe was.

For the rich foreigner....ocean views, million dollar units and luxury. For the affordable folks (residents), you get eye to eye with a train every 3 minutes, stuck behind Halekauwila Street and no amenities. But according to the HCDA rules....that's fair.

The rich don't care about you little people.

on August 21,2013 | 04:18PM
MakaniKai wrote:
So very very sad!
on August 21,2013 | 04:51PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Is there enough available water to flush all the toilets and anticipated consumption by these projects. Water is a limited resource.
on August 21,2013 | 05:27PM
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