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Don't scale up YMCA project


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

~~<p>The YMCA across Atkinson Drive from Ala Moana Center made plans last year to sell most of its property for a condominium tower so it can rebuild its 62-year-old facility &mdash; but the excessive scale of the emerging redevelopment plan has many neighbors rightly alarmed and resistant. The Y and the tower developer should scale back the proposal in response to valid concerns.</p>
<p>The YMCA announced plans in April 2012 to sell most of its property to San Francisco-based MB Property Acquisitions LLC to build a 120-unit condo and new facilities for the Y. The developer now is asking the city to change the 1.8-acre property from medium-density zoning to high-density so that its Aloha Kai tower can reach 350 feet, more than double the present height limit of 150 feet.</p>
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The YMCA across Atkinson Drive from Ala Moana Center made plans last year to sell most of its property for a condominium tower so it can rebuild its 62-year-old facility — but the excessive scale of the emerging redevelopment plan has many neighbors rightly alarmed and resistant. The Y and the tower developer should scale back the proposal in response to valid concerns.

The YMCA announced plans in April 2012 to sell most of its property to San Francisco-based MB Property Acquisitions LLC to build a 120-unit condo and new facilities for the Y. The developer now is asking the city to change the 1.8-acre property from medium-density zoning to high-density so that its Aloha Kai tower can reach 350 feet, more than double the present height limit of 150 feet. Login for more...



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