Steller: Cathedral plaza proposal intriguing but flawed
Holualoa plans to put market-rate apartments on the site, probably four stories high
, he said. Whether there’s enough room on a less-than-1-acre property for an urban plaza that actually needs to provide a return on investment is questionable to say the least.
Holualoa has already bought the surface parking lots one block south on Stone, across the street from the Carrillo mortuary. They plan to put around 25 three-story row houses on that property
. Preliminary responses from neighbors and others have been enthusiastic.
BTW, the renovated Coronado Hotel's restaurant with tables outside (by 4th ave underpass) is quite popular and the Mercado San Augustine market ( with a tiny plaza at downtown west) is equally popular. If Holualoa doesn't build a plaza, at least allow restaurants with outside tables besides it.