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Don't let condos crowd neighbors


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 06, 2013

~~<p>The sellout of a lottery among middle-class buyers in March for a planned condominium tower on South Street was a strong sign of a need for affordable housing in Kakaako. However, a proposed tower qualifying for exemptions under the Hawaii Community Development Authority's new &quot;workforce housing&quot; rules to encourage such housing is angering nearby neighbors, for good reason. The agency should back away from such projects that would be so detrimental to homeowners in existing nearby condos.</p>
<p>The shortage of housing for urban Honolulu residents with modest incomes is critical. It shouldn't have been surprising when more than enough applicants resulted in the sales of all 635 units of a 46-story tower to be erected at 801 South Street, makai of the former newspaper building.</p>
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The sellout of a lottery among middle-class buyers in March for a planned condominium tower on South Street was a strong sign of a need for affordable housing in Kakaako. However, a proposed tower qualifying for exemptions under the Hawaii Community Development Authority's new "workforce housing" rules to encourage such housing is angering nearby neighbors, for good reason. The agency should back away from such projects that would be so detrimental to homeowners in existing nearby condos.

The shortage of housing for urban Honolulu residents with modest incomes is critical. It shouldn't have been surprising when more than enough applicants resulted in the sales of all 635 units of a 46-story tower to be erected at 801 South Street, makai of the former newspaper building. Login for more...



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