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No place for green space

Kakaako developers show little interest in adding 'passive' parks to projects

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2014

~~<p>&quot;Highest and best use.&quot;In real-estate appraisals the concept is simple: However a piece of land can legally generate the most money is its &quot;highest and best use.&quot; When the broader public interest is at stake, however, community advocates contend that the definition must include more than cold, hard cash, which is why a diverse group of activists is raising the alarm about potential pitfalls of the surging Kakaako redevelopment.</p>
<p>Groups such as Kakaako United, Friends of Kewalos, the Aikea Movement, the Save Our Kakaako Coalition and others are coalescing, rallying around core goals such as protecting makai land from residential development, demanding more affordable housing and parks in the mauka sector, and calling for the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which oversees the roughly 600-acre Kakaako Community Development District, to address long-standing infrastructure and carrying-capacity concerns.</p>
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"Highest and best use."In real-estate appraisals the concept is simple: However a piece of land can legally generate the most money is its "highest and best use." When the broader public interest is at stake, however, community advocates contend that the definition must include more than cold, hard cash, which is why a diverse group of activists is raising the alarm about potential pitfalls of the surging Kakaako redevelopment.

Groups such as Kakaako United, Friends of Kewalos, the Aikea Movement, the Save Our Kakaako Coalition and others are coalescing, rallying around core goals such as protecting makai land from residential development, demanding more affordable housing and parks in the mauka sector, and calling for the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which oversees the roughly 600-acre Kakaako Community Development District, to address long-standing infrastructure and carrying-capacity concerns. Login for more...



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