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Kakaako plan bears monitoring


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 15, 2013

~~<p>The state Legislature created an agency 37 years ago to devise an urban plan for Kakaako, at that time covered with warehouses, car repair shops and various rundown structures. For the first time, the Hawaii Community Development Authority has released a comprehensive view of numerous skyscrapers projected throughout the 450 acres with build-up tied to the upcoming elevated rail and bus systems. It is both impressive and scary. The agency will need to assure an open process that resists temptations to overbuild when it comes to elements such as unprecedented tower heights, density leading to unbearable congestion, retaining valuable open space, and manageable capacity on sewage and other infrastructures.</p>
<p>This Kakaako process has been unusual, unlike the happenstance growth of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Several tall residential buildings have emerged from earlier HCDA plans but drawings accompanying the agency's longterm plan released last week &mdash; in its draft Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay &mdash; reveals what a highly urban Kakaako could look like in the decades ahead. That includes:</p>
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The state Legislature created an agency 37 years ago to devise an urban plan for Kakaako, at that time covered with warehouses, car repair shops and various rundown structures. For the first time, the Hawaii Community Development Authority has released a comprehensive view of numerous skyscrapers projected throughout the 450 acres with build-up tied to the upcoming elevated rail and bus systems. It is both impressive and scary. The agency will need to assure an open process that resists temptations to overbuild when it comes to elements such as unprecedented tower heights, density leading to unbearable congestion, retaining valuable open space, and manageable capacity on sewage and other infrastructures.

This Kakaako process has been unusual, unlike the happenstance growth of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Several tall residential buildings have emerged from earlier HCDA plans but drawings accompanying the agency's longterm plan released last week — in its draft Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay — reveals what a highly urban Kakaako could look like in the decades ahead. That includes: Login for more...



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