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Council gives Kam Drive-In tower project final OK

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:45 p.m. HST, Apr 16, 2014

Plans for up to 1,500 residential units and five high-rise towers on the Kam Drive-In site across Pearlridge Center were approved by the Honolulu City Council Wednesday.

Council members voted 9-0 to approve Bill 68 giving rezoning to the Live Work Play Aiea project proposed by Robertson Properties.

The developer agreed to make at least 30 percent of its units affordable to those in lower-income categories. A first-ever development agreement reached with Robertson requires that at least half of those units be on-site.

The remaining affordable units must be either within one-half mile of the project, or near other transit hubs along the city's planned $5.26 billion rail line.

Opposition to the project has come largely from neighbors troubled by the potential for increased traffic and the loss of view planes.

The bill allows three of the towers to be as tall as 350, 300 and 250 feet. Two others could be up to 150 feet. The current height limit is 60 feet.

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handsomeguy wrote:
You can't move in that area during rush hour now. Needlless to say, everyone knew this was coming but it sure "ain't" welcome.
on April 16,2014 | 04:04PM
GeoDiva wrote:
Is there any project the council doesn't approve?
on April 16,2014 | 04:25PM
pcman wrote:
Part of the cost of doing business by the developers probably is offering each council member a unit at no cost. Who in their right mind would turn that down? The offers are probably made individually so there is no conspiracy implications.
on April 16,2014 | 05:14PM
Slow wrote:
A unit at no cost? A bribe? I like making stuff up too. It's fun, yeah? Just like 3rd grade.
on April 16,2014 | 07:44PM
localguy wrote:
More like our clueless bureaucrats looking out for #1. Developer most likely offered them jobs when their work time is up, a few dollars under the table. a chance to purchase a unit for under market value, yada, yada, yada. Just another example of how business gets done in the Nei.
on April 16,2014 | 05:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
Depends on how much money you have to by them!
on April 16,2014 | 07:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sorry, buy them.
on April 16,2014 | 08:38PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
How about that, a little bit of Kakaako in Aiea.
on April 16,2014 | 05:06PM
Wazdat wrote:
Oahu sold out long ago...
on April 16,2014 | 05:07PM
MakaniKai wrote:
True dat - Wazdat. My heart aches............
on April 16,2014 | 05:08PM
Skyler wrote:
on April 16,2014 | 11:44PM
localguy wrote:
Pay to play and build is alive and well in the Nei. Elected bureaucrats for sale at $1.
on April 16,2014 | 05:17PM
Cantopop wrote:
Well, to be fair, the NEW residents will have a nice, unobstructed view plane. For a while...
on April 16,2014 | 06:07PM
Slow wrote:
Isn't Oahu the Gathering Place? Will Oahu's population grow no more? Will SA whiners ever believe a housing development clearly targeted at local folks is not because of corruption and bribes? Where, tell me, do you think your kids are going to live?
on April 16,2014 | 07:49PM
MANDA wrote:
You have 5 kids, they can't all live here, true all over the world and has always been true.
on April 16,2014 | 08:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
Stop having so many kids!
on April 16,2014 | 08:39PM
MANDA wrote:
Is there anything that our City Rubberstamp (I mean Council) won't approve? Just attach the tired phrase Live, Work, Play, or better yet, as here just name it that, and you're good to go. zoning be damned
on April 16,2014 | 08:16PM
The_Dude_Abides wrote:
Make a note of the nine (9) Counsel members who voted for this project. They should be personally held responsible for the havoc that this will cause in traffic and sewer issues.
on April 16,2014 | 10:54PM
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