Doomed Ward Warehouse to yield materials for reuse
Question: Ward Warehouse holds a lot of fond memories for many among my family and friends. With its announced closure/demolition in August, are there plans to salvage any of its structural materials?
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Question: Ward Warehouse holds a lot of fond memories for many among my family and friends. With its announced closure/demolition in August, are there plans to salvage any of its structural materials? Many of the large wooden columns and braces still appear to be in sound condition. It would seem wasteful if this material were not recycled.
Answer: Yes, the company redeveloping that part of Kakaako into a high-rise, master-planned community plans to salvage some material, but exactly what and how hasn’t been nailed down.
“As we build Ward Village we are proud of our LEED-ND Platinum certification as the largest neighborhood in the country to receive such a prestigious sustainability certification. With our efforts to develop Ward Village in a sustainable manner, we are looking at how best to reuse and recycle the materials from buildings such as Ward Warehouse. We are currently in discussion with various parties to evaluate the opportunities for recycling materials and minimizing landfill impacts,” said Todd Apo, vice president for community development at The Howard Hughes Corp.
The company will share details about what is to be salvaged after plans are finalized, he said.
Ward Warehouse merchants were informed in February that the wrecking ball would come in August, according to news reports at the time. The restaurants, shops and other tenants had anticipated the news since 2014, when Hughes Corp. received state approval to build residential towers on the site. The shopping center was constructed in the early 1970s, largely of wood.
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