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POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 08, 2013

~~<p>Ambitious plans have been made by the Hawaii Community Development Authority for numerous condominium towers throughout 450 acres in Kakaako, but the effect on present residents requires serious consideration. The agency's staff has recognized the problem &mdash; and is recommending rejection of a tower far higher and closer to an existing condo building than zoning allows. This stance is encouraging and helps set a needed tone as more developers are sure to approach the HCDA for variances and exemptions in their future proposals.</p>
<p>California-based MJF Development Corp. had requested its zoning change on the basis that three-fourths of the 192 units in its proposed 803 Waimanu would be &quot;workforce housing&quot; affordable by median households. Because of that, the building proposes to be 250 feet tall instead of 65 feet tall as allowed by current zoning, and would be as close as 39 feet instead of 300 feet from the present Imperial Plaza's mid-rise tower.</p>
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Ambitious plans have been made by the Hawaii Community Development Authority for numerous condominium towers throughout 450 acres in Kakaako, but the effect on present residents requires serious consideration. The agency's staff has recognized the problem — and is recommending rejection of a tower far higher and closer to an existing condo building than zoning allows. This stance is encouraging and helps set a needed tone as more developers are sure to approach the HCDA for variances and exemptions in their future proposals.

California-based MJF Development Corp. had requested its zoning change on the basis that three-fourths of the 192 units in its proposed 803 Waimanu would be "workforce housing" affordable by median households. Because of that, the building proposes to be 250 feet tall instead of 65 feet tall as allowed by current zoning, and would be as close as 39 feet instead of 300 feet from the present Imperial Plaza's mid-rise tower. Login for more...



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