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Ward Village full of promise


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 25, 2013

~~<p>Individual residential tower projects have drawn attention to the booming transformation of Kakaako, but plans by the urban neighborhood's biggest landowner deserve special attention. Its first phase consists of three 400-foot condo towers while plans are being developed by the same company for 19 other towers on its 60 total acres. The undertaking is both daunting and impressive &mdash; and if done right, should result in a spectacular crossroad between downtown and Ala Moana.</p>
<p>The huge, long-term Ward Village master plan, forecast to cost $7.5 billion, is that of Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based company that bought the Ward Centers property from General Growth Properties three years ago. Gov. Neil Abercrombie praises the plans to turn a district of industrial shops and warehouses into Oahu's &quot;third city&quot; through &quot;master planning the way it's supposed to be,&quot; a fair assessment.</p>
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Individual residential tower projects have drawn attention to the booming transformation of Kakaako, but plans by the urban neighborhood's biggest landowner deserve special attention. Its first phase consists of three 400-foot condo towers while plans are being developed by the same company for 19 other towers on its 60 total acres. The undertaking is both daunting and impressive — and if done right, should result in a spectacular crossroad between downtown and Ala Moana.

The huge, long-term Ward Village master plan, forecast to cost $7.5 billion, is that of Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based company that bought the Ward Centers property from General Growth Properties three years ago. Gov. Neil Abercrombie praises the plans to turn a district of industrial shops and warehouses into Oahu's "third city" through "master planning the way it's supposed to be," a fair assessment. Login for more...



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