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Planning Commission gives preliminary OK to Kam Drive-In project in Aiea

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:18 a.m. HST, Oct 03, 2013

A plan to build five towers on the site of the former Kam Drive-In in Aiea was given a thumbs up recommendation by the city Planning Commission Wednesday.

The rezoning application for the 15-acre site across Kaonohi Street from Pearlridge Center will now go to the Honolulu City Council.

Planned are 1,500 units on five buildings - two with a maximum height of 150 feet, and one each with maximum heights of 350, 300 and 250 feet. The current height limit is 60 feet.

Some area residents have voiced concerns about increased traffic and loss of view planes. Los Angeles-based Robertson Properties Group said it is making several million dollars in road improvements - including a new main street stretching from Moanalua Road to Kaonohi Street and signalized intersections to go with them. The developer also said it has re-configured its project to minimize the impact on view planes.

All of the half dozen or so members of the public who testified were in favor of the project, mostly citing the need for affordable homes in the area as well as jobs.

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LMO wrote:
"They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot." All people are going to see of the Leeward side are towers. No more mountains, no more rainbows, just lots of concrete, trains, and buildings. No mo Hawaii!
on October 3,2013 | 02:29AM
joseph007 wrote:
payment made. project approved.
on October 3,2013 | 08:28AM
Tony96822 wrote:
It has become the ugly side of Oahu but its been the Second City since early '70's anyway. People from "town" used to call them people from the "sticks". That whole area was cane fields and "lakes" back in the '60's.
on October 3,2013 | 04:58AM
leino wrote:
Open space and rural areas become even more important to escape to. Keep the Country Country.
on October 3,2013 | 06:50AM
localguy wrote:
Amazing what happens when the city Planning Commission comes to work and each member finds an envelope with $1 inside. Instantly all planning rules and standards are pushed aside, the project is instantly green lighted. Yes, the city Planning Commission is kow towing to their master, Los Angeles-based Robertson Properties Group. And we thought the fast food dollar menus were a good deal. This one is even better.
on October 3,2013 | 07:05AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:

All of the half dozen or so members of the public who testified were in favor of the project

Obviously nobody cares about this development so don't come back in 2 years screaming and crying about high rises blocking views or too much traffic or negative impacts on quality of life.

If you don't get involved, just remember to stay quiet later.

on October 3,2013 | 08:07AM
joseph007 wrote:
money has already been paid.
on October 3,2013 | 08:28AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You think the intersection of Moanalua Rd. and Ka'ahumanu St. is bad now? Man, you ain't seen nothing yet! This will also create gridlock on Kam Hwy down the street, as if it isn't bad enough as it is. When will City and State government get it through their thick skulls that developers must be held responsible for updating infrastructure to accommodate their development projects?
on October 3,2013 | 08:30AM
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