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HCDA approves another condo tower for Kakaako

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 02:18 p.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

The Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency regulating development in Kakaako, voted 8-0 Wednesday to approve the Keauhou Lane project, which features a 43-story condo tower, 632 residential units, parking for 1,038 cars and about 39,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on a 4.2-acre block bordered by South, Pohukaina, Halekauwila and Keawe streets.

Wednesday's vote is the final approval the project needs from the HCDA. The developer still needs building permits and expects to start construction next year.

The land is owned by Kamehameha Schools. Stanford Carr, a local developer, is in charge of the tower and parking portion of the Keauhou Lane project. The 43-story tower at Keauhou Lane is designed with 388 condos. Another 35 town homes would line the parking garage along South and Pohukaina streets.

The project also includes apartments and retail space, which are being developed by Portland, Ore.-based Gerding Edlen and will feature 209 rentals in four six-story buildings on the Keawe Street side of the block.

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Solara wrote:
Too many building in this area.... Does the HCDA take into consideration land subsidence? So many new buildings are going up in such a small area that I wouldn't be surprised if we were faced with this due to all the new construction.
on April 30,2014 | 01:24PM
myviewofthings wrote:
jobs jobs jobs !!!!!!!!
on April 30,2014 | 01:28PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Yes, these projects may provide jobs for awhile, but it will absolutely ruin Honolulu/Kakaako. No more the beauty of Hawaii. Sad, sad, sad.
on April 30,2014 | 02:29PM
johndoe wrote:
Its the urban core. This is supposed to be developed with density to keep the open spaces undeveloped. If we don't develop the urban core, where do you suggest we build? I am open to hearing what your alternatives are?
on April 30,2014 | 02:48PM
lwandcah wrote:
Its being built but backwards. High density urban core has the infrastructure in place before cramming as many as you can into a given area. This means utilities, traffic considerations (which you know aren't being addressed because the area already has traffic problems without the additional 20,000 people living there), schools, etc. Sure this is the place to do it if it is going to be done, but do it the right way.
on April 30,2014 | 03:37PM
poipoo wrote:
on April 30,2014 | 06:22PM
johndoe wrote:
I agree. They should dissolve HCDA Kakaako and establish a Kapolei district under HCDA.
on April 30,2014 | 08:00PM
ryder54 wrote:
Fairgame, it's currently a 2 acre asphalted parking lot... is that beautiful to you?
on April 30,2014 | 03:25PM
CEI wrote:
How many units will be set aside for lower income buyers? The article did not say.
on April 30,2014 | 02:42PM
TheFarm wrote:
There are just too many people on Oahu, too many greedy developers and too many entitled, ignorant idiots. Stop having babies (your DNA is not that awesome). Stop buying cars (you donʻt know how to drive anyway). Stop destroying things to get your leg up over your neighbor. At what point do we stop? When the mountains are leveled, the valleys filled in and everything is one big ugly mixed use mall?
on April 30,2014 | 03:12PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
Next thing we know they will put a 75 story condo on top of Diamond Head - I agree with TheFarm its madness and greed - Honolulu is truly in a sad state of affairs!
on April 30,2014 | 05:01PM
mcc wrote:
With all this building, what is being done to improve the roads? Ward Ave is going to be gridlocked!
on April 30,2014 | 03:33PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Higher, higher, go higher! I'am waiting for the next down turn in the economy.....
on April 30,2014 | 03:40PM
visitor wrote:
Honolulu skyline will look more like Manhattan than the green, tropical Pacific island we advertise ourselves to be. Sad.
on April 30,2014 | 03:50PM
Kumukai14 wrote:
Towering Inferno or Earthquake...that's what I'm picturing.
on April 30,2014 | 04:18PM
Paco3185 wrote:
This is an industrial wasteland in need of massive clean up. Unfortunately the only arguments being made are for unfettered HCDA style development and by the keep it green and beautiful folks (hint - there is very little beauty in this area). With a little horse trading for development rights we could have some nice green belts, public parking, and a mix of low and high rise development. A master plan for the whole area should be drawn up, a 3D model made, and everything should come to a halt while this is done. If people could see what it will actually look like when built up a lot of this bickering might subside (joking of course since grousing is one of the new things about Hawaii . . .)
on April 30,2014 | 04:22PM
Pali_Hwy wrote:
Got what they paid for! 8 votes for more development, 0 for the people. Sad
on April 30,2014 | 04:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This is a winner! 209 rental apartments plus 388 condos of which 20% are reserved housing units. Combines shops, grocery, services, restaurants, along with residential units. All on what is right now an empty parking lot.
on April 30,2014 | 04:50PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
Your missing the point!
on April 30,2014 | 05:02PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Nope. The point is that Honolulu desperately needs more housing. We can build up in Kaka'ako or spread out all over somewhere else. Since 1976 Kaka'ako has been designated for denser urban growth. The plans promote a real community - a city community - with live, work and play options all bundled together.

Get on board or get out of the way. The only people who object to this project are a few sad NIMBY souls at One Waterfront who think it will block the view from their recreation deck. Everyone else is 100% in favor of this project.

on April 30,2014 | 05:12PM
MKN wrote:
I don't live there, and I am against the project because all of the necessary infrastructure and traffic mitigation isn't in place. LOL! BTW, where's all of the elementary schools that will be needed to support 20k people and their families? What about the sewage smells that currently exist in the area? What about traffic light optimization so that all of the cars for those 20k extra people won't constantly be stuck in gridlock traffic? All of these things need to be addressed before they turn Kaka'ako into a giant parking lot.
on April 30,2014 | 09:50PM
MKN wrote:
@Maneki_Neko: So how many of the units are actually affordable by local residents in the 43 story tower or are more investors and foreigners going to be buying these units?
on April 30,2014 | 10:08PM
DiverDave wrote:
None. That's beside the MKN! LOL
on April 30,2014 | 10:18PM
poipoo wrote:
uhhh... what happened to the so-called "2nd" city- Kapolei? Makes so much more sense to build out there than it does to overload the sewers and water mains here in town. Maybe they didn't pay enough to play.
on April 30,2014 | 06:22PM
MKN wrote:
@poipoo: The State and City was never serious about a true second city. If they were, Kapolei would have it's own City Council and they would have built upwards (Condos) instead of outwards (Single Family Homes).
on April 30,2014 | 09:53PM
DiverDave wrote:
Chocolate is Chocolate, MKN. Building is Building. Can you imagine what is going to happen in these places when the lights go out?
on April 30,2014 | 10:20PM
MKN wrote:
@DiverDave: I have no idea what you're talking about in your first two sentences. As for the last, chaos perhaps? I still remember how bad things got when the power was out island-wide on Oahu for 15 hours. LOL!!!
on May 1,2014 | 11:12AM
entrkn wrote:
Sooooo..., is this affordable housing intended for Honolulu residents?
on April 30,2014 | 10:59PM
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