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Cries over ‘poor door’ ignore worse segregation in affordable housing


    The Pagoda Terrace hotel in Pawaa was converted to 162 affordable condominiums to satisfy a requirement for market-priced housing in Kakaako. The hotel, built in 1962, was renamed Rycroft Terrace. Units sold for $123,480 to $274,950. Kamehameha Schools used the hotel to satisfy a requirement for providing 100 affordable homes as part of a master plan for new housing in Kakaako.


    The 42-story Keola Lai condominium in Kakaako was completed in 2008 by Alexander & Baldwin Inc., which provided some units priced below market plus cash to satisfy an affordable-housing requirement. There were 63 affordable units in the building, representing 18 percent of the 352-unit total. A&B also gave a state agency $1.2 million to fully satisfy Keola Lai’s affordable-housing requirement.

The reality is that affordable housing produced by developers under city and state requirements is governed by loose standards that often result in separate and unequal residences for those with low or moderate incomes. Read more

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