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This is potentially big news if this ever becomes a reality for the city of Honolulu!

State plans workforce housing development in Kakaako

By Star-Advertiser staff

The state wants to develop a 650-foot tower, two smaller residential and commercial buildings, a parking structure and civic/commercial center at 690 Pohukaina St. in Kakaako, calling it a workforce housing development.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today said the development is expected to create 1,500 jobs, and include 204 affordable rental housing units, 300 affordable housing units, and 500 other units that will be priced at market value.

"This development will provide housing choices and opportunities for a variety of people and families," Abercrombie said in a press release.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is estimating the development will pump $500 million into the economy, bringing more than 500 construction-related jobs.

The project would be completed in phases, with groundbreaking in February on an affordable rental housing complex, and an estimated completion for all phases in 2019.

The project has been categorized as mixed-use Transit Oriented Development.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

There are no further details at the moment but a 650 foot tower would be amazing & the city would finally have a building over 500 ft.!!!! *fingers crossed*

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Here's an update for the Aiea area.

Robertson Properties Group unveils revised plan for Aiea

Pacific Business News by Duane Shimogawa, Reporter

Plans call for up to 1,500 residential homes and an estimated 220,000 square feet of commercial space, including retail, office, hotel or senior residences.

Key changes to the master development plan include:

• A change in the proposed residential buildings. The original plan proposed three 350-foot-high buildings and two 60- to 80-foot buildings. The revised plan now proposes only one 350-foot building with four shorter buildings ranging in height from 150 feet to 300 feet.

• The residential buildings are also slimmer with more perpendicular orientation to the shoreline, an attempt to reduce the project’s visual impact.

• The number of residences has been reduced from 1,800 to 1,500.

• A traffic study revealed that the proposed mixed-use development would have less impact on traffic than a commercial-only development, which current zoning already allows.


*This rendering shows a portion of Los Angeles-based Robertson Properties' plan to redevelop the former Kamehameha Drive-in property in Aiea on Oahu into a mixed-use development.


Source: Pacific Business News

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Here's a rendering (fresh off the press) of the proposed 650 foot tower in Central Honolulu city (Kaka'ako).



Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser
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^ very nice! The building sort of reminds me of the Gas Company tower in LA & it's nice looking for your first tallest. One question I did have though, the article states that this will be a "transit oriented development" so is it going to be the new rail line being built?
Anyways I hope this gets built!
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^I agree -- it does look like the Gas Company Tower and yes I think that this will be near the new rail line (which will make for a very cool sight when riding through the city!). I really hope that this thing actually get's built though, you just never know with this crazy economy!
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I don't think that is real. It looks too similar to the Gas Company tower.

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^There are some minor differences but yeah it's almost a carbon copy. It's highly possible that it is the same architectural form that made the rendering. It's also possible that the design will change which would not be unusual.
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Here's a slightly larger pic from Pacific Business News:


*Courtesy HCDA
This conceptual rendering shows the Hawaii Community Development Authority's plan for 690 Pohukaina, which includes a 650-foot residential tower that would be the tallest building in Hawaii.

A bit more detail about the project from Pacific Business News

Kakaako project would include Hawaii’s tallest building
Pacific Business News by Janis L. Magin, Managing Editor of Digital Content

The state plans to issue a request for proposals in January for a developer to build two residential towers in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood, one of which would be the tallest building in Hawaii.

The plans for 690 Pohukaina call for one tower with 300 affordable for-sale units and a second tower with 500 market-priced units. The second tower would be 650 feet high, nearly 250 feet taller than the First Hawaiian Center.

The project is slated for a parcel at 690 Pohukaina St., adjacent to developer Stanford Carr’s planned Halekauwila Place project, which is scheduled to break ground next year on 204 affordable rentals.

The Halekauwila Place project’s design has been integrated into the 690 Pohukaina conceptual plan since the two projects abut each other, said Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency that has jurisdiction over and administers zoning regulations for the Kakaako district.

The increased height for the market-priced residential tower — Honolulu has a 400-foot height limit — would come out of the rules for transit-oriented development, which are being revised to increase density in anticipation of Honolulu’s rail transit project, Ching said.

The agency estimates that the project will mean $500 million for the state economy over seven years and create 500 construction jobs and 1,000 more indirect jobs.

“This development will provide housing choices and opportunities for a variety of people and families,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. “But the first thing 690 Pohukaina does is create jobs in construction and business sectors.”

The request for proposal will require a developer to design, build and finance the two residential buildings, as well as a commercial and civic building in between that will house retail and restaurant businesses, a business innovation incubation space and offices for the state’s library system and Friends of the Library, which currently occupies a building on the site, Ching said.

The HCDA likely would choose a developer by the end of 2012, and construction of the two residential towers, considered the second phase of the project after the Halekauwila rentals, likely would start in 2015 or 2016 with completion in the summer of 2019, Ching said.

The Halekauwila rentals will be completed by early 2015, he said.

Some excerpts from KHON News:

Honolulu's rail is planned to pass nearby.

690 Pohukaina is currently the address of the Friends of the Library Hawaii filled with books, but many more stories will fill this block. The new height allows a 650 foot tower -- around 60 stories, far taller than anything else in Hawaii. The Hawaii Community Development Authority voted on new transit-oriented development rules to allow the height and density.

"This will be a signature development in Hawaii," said HCDA's Anthony Ching."You will have unobstructed views, and that you clearly are a one of a kind situation."

The suggested positioning of the market-rate condo tower is supposed to work in tandem with current sightlines.



"As a resident in Kakaako, Keola Lai, I live on the 28th floor and when I took a serious look at this, it doesn't block our view," said the governor's Chief of Staff Bruce Coppa.

The state will provide the land, while private developers will build it out. The library nonprofit will still have a home in the new block. An area small businessman expressed concerns about the transit-oriented rules saying the higher density could backfire on smaller landowners.

"Because of the fact that you're small you can't use the density, all that happens is the city based on best use the city will increase the valuation of property and increase your property taxes," said Kakaako business owner Dexter Okada.

The HCDA says its transit oriented overlay will still allow for the character of the surrounding area to remain.

"Please be assured that areas such as Sheridan Tract and central Kakaako in particular will not be affected by transit oriented development," Ching says.

Rentals will go for about $900 a month up to $1,370 a month, ready by the year 2015. Today's HUD affordable threshold for condos would sell for $350,000, that will be different by the time that project wraps up in 2019.

Source: KHON2 News
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Tallest buildings over 350 ft. in Honolulu (Built, Approved or U/C)

Honolulu city
1 690 Pohukaina 650 ft *Proposal (2015-2019?)
2 First Hawaiian Center 438 ft
3 Pacifica Honolulu 425 ft *To be completed November 2011
4 Moana Pacific East Tower 423 ft or 422 ft?
5 Moana Pacific West Tower 423 ft or 422 ft?
6 Hokua 416 ft or 418 ft?
7 Nauru Tower 416 ft or 418 ft?
8 Hawaiki Tower 400 ft
9 Imperial Plaza 400 ft
10 One Archer Lane 400 ft
11 One Waterfront Makai Tower 400 ft
12 One Waterfront Mauka Tower 400 ft
13 Ko'olani 400 ft
14 World Trade Center Hawaii 400 ft *Proposal
15 Ala Moana Hotel 397 ft
16 1132 Bishop Street 387 ft
17 Keola Lai 387 ft
18 The Watermark Waikiki 374 ft
19 Discovery Bay Center 351 ft
20 Hawaii Monarch Hotel 351 ft
21 Hilton Grand Waikikian 351 ft
22 The Windsor 351 ft
23 Trump International Hotel and Tower 351 ft
24 Yacht Harbor Towers 351 ft
25 Canterbury Place 350 ft
26 Century Center 350 ft
27 Endeavor Condominium [Discovery Bay] 350 ft
28 Executive Center 350 ft
29 Franklin Towers 350 ft
30 Honolulu Park Place 350 ft
31 Honolulu Tower 350 ft
32 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Diamond Head Tower [Hyatt Regency Waikiki] 350 ft
33 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Ewa Tower [Hyatt Regency Waikiki] 350 ft
34 Island Colony 350 ft
35 Ohana Maile Sky Court 350 ft
36 Pacific Monarch 350 ft
37 Pauahi Tower [Bishop Square] 350 ft
38 Regency Tower [Regency Tower] 350 ft
39 Regency Tower 2 [Regency Tower] 350 ft
40 Resolution Condominium [Discovery Bay] 350 ft
41 Royal Iolani Diamond Head Tower [Royal Iolani Condominiums] 350 ft
42 Royal Iolani Ewa Tower [Royal Iolani Condominiums] 350 ft
43 Tapa Tower [Hilton Hawaiian Village] 350 ft
44 The Aqua Waikiki Marina Towers 350 ft
45 Waikiki Banyan Makai Tower [Waikiki Banyan] 350 ft
46 Waikiki Banyan Mauka Tower [Waikiki Banyan] 350 ft

*A Few Proposals just west of the Honolulu area.
Aiea/Pearl Ridge/Pearl City
Robertson Properties Group 350 ft
Robertson Properties Group 300 ft
Robertson Properties Group 250 ft





Source: LiveWorkPlayAeia.com

Sources: Emporis, Honolulu Star Advertiser, DBEDT, Hawaii News Now

*Sadly, there are many tall buildings through out the city & surrounding areas that have the floors listed but no official height. My guess is that there are more over 350 ft.
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Here are some more updates & exciting news!

A plan for a tower in Kakaako to stand 650 tall would allow other lofty buildings

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 31, 2011

When Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced plans last week for soliciting a developer to build Hawaii’s tallest building — a 650-foot residential tower that would be 50 percent higher than the current record holder in Honolulu — he was talking about just one building.

But the state agency promoting the project is proposing to raise the existing 400-foot height limit throughout a much broader area in urban Honolulu.




*There are at least 7-8 others that I did not list under the over 350 ft. list that are currently proposed in the 350-400 ft range that the newly proposed transit oriented development maximum height limit of 650 ft could be affected. If it does get the approval there it's possible that Honolulu could have at least 8-9 buildings over 500 ft in the near future!!!


Changes coming to Kakaako

Big changes are in the works for Kakaako including new senior affordable apartments, new restaurants and retail space, and harbor improvements.

Parts of Kakaako are slated for a facelift and redevelopment, and some of the changes have already happened.

This block of Pensacola Street sure looks different from what it looked like earlier this year.

There's now a kaiseki restaurant, a chic salon, and a boutique clothing store.

And across the street, Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory is moving in, and building a parking lot.

"We're glad we can finally get retail into the Ala Moana Kakaako area. It's really up and coming. The development there is exciting," said Elliott Chun, Chun Wah Kam General Manager.

And this is just the start of major changes slated for the area, with industrial space being converted to commercial space.

"This area has been poised for that kind of development for some time and we have just passed some new rules," said Anthony Ching, Hawaii Community Development Authority Executive Director.

New zoning rules that encourage land and business owners in Kakaako to build active storefronts.

In addition, plans are in the works to build 68 senior affordable rentals in this space on Kona street between Pensacola and Piikoi.

And just around the corner, on Waimanu Street ...

"Kewalo Basin LLC is going to be developing 345 market but moderate residential condos at that site," said Ching.

Then over at Kewalo Basin Harbor, the HCDA has come up with plans to renovate the docks, and build new ones, adding up to 107 new slips.

"So we're really excited because the EIS has been approved by the Governor for that repair project, and the shoreline management area permit was just issued," said Ching.

The HCDA is currently in talks with a potential private partner, and hopes the project can be finished within three to five years.

"Preference given to commercial fishing and tour and excursion then if available then recreational vessels," said Ching.

And this piano shaped lot near the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, which is currently used as a parking lot, could become the home of a new performing arts center -- a place of learning, practicing, performance and exhibition.

"So we think it's actually pretty exciting," said Ching.

And the HCDA is currently working on the design of the performing arts center. Then once that's done, plans to take it to the community for input.

Hawaii Real Estate – Stanford Carr’s 690 Pohukaina Will Be Tallest High-rise Condominium Tower in Hawaii

Posted on October 27, 2011 by Jeff and Cathi

The Hawaii Community Development Authority has just granted developer Stanford Carr the right to proceed with building 690 Pohukaina, located in Kakaako. The property will become the tallest high-rise condominium tower in the state of Hawaii, and will stand 650 feet in height. Currently the state’s tallest building is the First Hawaiian Bank Tower downtown, which is 438 feet high. According to plans, 690 Pohukaina will be a mix of condominium units, commercial units, community office spaces, and affordable housing and will cost approximately $500 million to build.

Governor Neil Abercrombie supported the plan and stated, “This is housing for our people and, at the same time, provides a development opportunity for a true public-private partnership. The key to ending urban sprawl, ending arguments about where we’re going to build, is to have urban density in the urban core that makes sense in community terms and Kakaako is the ideal laboratory for this to take place.”

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, 10-27-11

Sources: Honolulu Star Advertiser & KHON2 News
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Another article:

New rules could mean more taller buildings for Honolulu

Source: Pacific Business News

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011, 7:22am HST

A 650-foot residential tower planned for a state project in Kakaako would be Hawaii's tallest building, but not for long if the 400-foot height limit is lifted for a larger part of urban Honolulu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that new rules being drafted by the Hawaii Community Development Authority could result in many more buildings 650 feet high. The newspaper reports that while some environmental groups are concerned about what such skyscrapers could do to Honolulu's view planes, state officials say its a way to increase the amount of affordable housing while increasing density near planned mass transit stations.
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Kamehameha Schools to Build $30 Million Retail Complex in Kakaako



Kamehameha schools is planning to build a yet to be named retail center in Kakaako. The plan calls for construction of the retail center and is estimated at a cost of $30 million. This project is considered to be the largest project so far out of all the projects that are planned to help redevelop the urban Honolulu area.

The pan alls for a 60,000-square-foot specialty retail center to be built on the block bordered by Coral, Keawe and Auahi streets and Ala Moana Boulevard. The plan also includes a 225-stall parking garage along Keawe Street. Groundbreaking of the project is scheduled for January 2013, and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.

“This is a big milestone. It’s our first major retail component and our first full-block project,” said Erin Kinney, a Kamehameha Schools spokeswoman.

“It’s also really built around the pedestrian spaces and courtyard and will have outdoor seating and live music to really take advantage of the atmosphere of the place,” Kinney said. “We’ll have restaurants and stores that will spill over into the common courtyard area where people will be able to sit, eat and gather and just be able to experience and explore.”

The planned shops and restaurants will surround about 10,000 square feet of an open courtyard. There will be space for between 20 and 30 tenants, not including artisan kiosks, with an “eclectic mix of entertainment, restaurants and retail.” Sounds very intriguing. 40 percent of the gross leasable area is slated for retail, 40 percent for restaurants, as well as 10 percent for artisans and 10 percent for offices.

Kamehameha is the states largest private landowner, and this project is part of their master plan to redevelop 29 acres it owns in Kakaako. The nine-block master plan, approved by the Hawaii Community Development Authority in September 2009, envisions a vibrant, artsy urban neighborhood that includes condominiums, town homes and lofts.



Source: Beyond Honolulu & KSBE.edu

New Marina, park improvements planned for Sand Island *located just across from Honolulu's CBD



A major change could be coming to a big stretch of shoreline at Sand Island.

The state is planning a new marina as part of an ocean recreation park concept.

The plan calls for a private developer to take on the almost $30 million cost while upgrading public access features for ocean users.

Past the warehouses and shipping ports, the industrial facilities and other assorted commerce along Sand Island is an area of sandy beach many Kalihi-Kapalama residents prize.

"That is one of the last beach areas we have as a resident of the Kalihi area," said Healani Pale of Kalihi.

"It's one of the few protected waterways that we can actually waterski, tube and tow our kids around at high speed," said Mark Kimura, who works in the area.

It could become the site of a new marina as part of a proposed Sand Island Ocean Recreation Park.

"Hawaii needs more marina space because there is more demand," said Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila."The Ala Wai Boat Harbor is a prime example where the waitlist for different categories are anywhere from one to two years, up to five years."

The plan calls for much more than just the 400 to 500 slip pier arrangement

"We plan to require the developer to make sure that the canoe storage, the canoe facilities are always open to the public, of course we have the fishing pier, we plan to have accesses on both sides of the facility for kayakers, for standup paddlers," Aila says.

The recreational and park focus includes improvements to the east edge where crescent-shaped canoe and kayak beaches are envisioned

But frequent users of the area see a potential for concern

What they're proposing is nice, but it's going to turn the whole area into another Ala Moana Beach Park, with a lot of people, a lot of congestion, the infrastructure has to be all maintained so it comes up to snuff," Kimura says.

That would largely be the responsibility of the private entity that would develop and operate this site with more public ocean access in mind

"Immediately mauka of this site. we have lots of people living in an area that does not have many opportunities for recreation, especially ocean recreation," Aila says.

The first public hearing was held on Wednesday, another takes place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at The Marine Education and Training Center on Sand Island Parkway.

Source: KHON2 News
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I. Honolulu Advertiser Redevelopment *This looks like a really cool proposal. I don't have any building heights yet but hopefully more information will be rolling out soon.

Developed and constructed in 1929, the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper operated on this 3.5 acre site in the Kakaako area of urban Honolulu for 80 years. Today, MVE Pacific is providing an adaptive reuse and complete renovation of the historic press building that will anchor the mixed-use redevelopment of this vital site in the community. In accordance with recently updated development rules, established using form based planning principles, the property will establish a new example of sophisticated urban design, blending office, retail and commercial opportunities with much needed affordable housing in the heart of Honolulu and adjacent to the City civic center. Consisting of nearly 500,000 square feet of total improvements in renovated and new buildings, the project expects to contribute to neighborhood redevelopment and support the goals of transit oriented mixed uses that will foster critical urban renewal.


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II. Live Work Play 'Aiea *Another look at the proposed project in Aiea (just west of Honolulu near Pearl Harbor) that I posted recently.

This 14-acre site located adjacent to the Pearlridge Shopping Center was the former site of the Kamehameha Drive-In Theatre. Robertson Properties, the landowner and developer, along with the project team have collaborated with the State Department of Transportation and City and County of Honolulu in establishing the vision of a transit-ready master plan and a community gathering place.The proposed village will provide 200,000 square feet of retail and commercial uses along with nearly 1,500 affordable and workforce housing units. With multi-modal access and direct connections to neighboring properties, the village is organized along a pedestrian scaled “main street” while also providing internal public open space This thoughtful mixed use urban transit village is an early pacesetter for vibrant livable neighborhood-focused developments along Honolulu's transit guideway system.


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More updates & Projects....

University of Hawaii Cancer Center - recently topped off

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The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in Hawaii and the Pacific. The Center’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural and environmental characteristics of Hawaii and the Pacific. The Center is a research organization affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa with facilities located in downtown Honolulu and Kaka‘ako. A new world-class cancer center is being constructed in Kaka’ako, with a scheduled opening in early 2013. The Center directly employs 300 faculty and staff, with another 200 affiliate members through the UH Cancer Consortium.

Source: UH Cancer Center

Hale Ka Lae in Hawaii Kai (East Honolulu area) *U/C Anticipated completion is the end of 2013





Source: HawaiiRealEstate.com & Hale Ka Lae


Hilton Project Reaches Major Milestone -- After issuing the project a finding of no significant impact, the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting on July 8 accepted the final environmental impact statement for Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa's $760 million master redevelopment plan.
The two largest components of the plan are two new timeshare towers with more than 560 units collectively. One 37-story, 307-unit tower that will be located over the existing bus loading area is expected to cost $332 million. The second tower, estimated at $305 million, is a 25-story, 255-unit high rise.
After receiving mainly positive feedback at an Aug. 12 public hearing, Hilton is now waiting for the Department of Planning and Permitting to issue a recommendation – it has until Oct. 6 to do so – after which the City Council ultimately will vote on whether to approve the plan. Construction may start as early as 2013, beginning with the 37-story tower and including renovations to the main entry and addition of retail and pedestrian improvements along Kalia Road. This phase is expected to be completed in 2015.
The second phase includes upgrades to the main lobby building, including expansion of the "super pool" and a new Hau Tree Bar.
Phase three, expected to start in 2019, includes the $53 million redevelopment of the Rainbow Bazaar and construction of the second tower on top of it.





Source: Hilton Hawaiian Village Master Plan & Building Industry Hawaii


New FBI Building in Kapolei *A western suburb of Honolulu; U/C Scheduled for completion in August 2012



BY JIM DOOLEY - The FBI will become the first federal agency to be headquartered in the Kapolei area of Oahu and groundbreaking for the agency’s new $65 million home was held today.

Frank Montoya Jr., Special Agent In Charge of the FBI Honolulu field office, said the bureau has grown from 15 Honolulu agents in 1971 to 115 now. The office also includes another 120 support personnel, he said.

Agents will move from their present quarters in the downtown federal building to the new offices when construction is completed in August 2012.

The four-story, 152,000 square-foot structure will be leased by the FBI from the private developer, Penrose/Walsh FBI LLC, for $8.2 million per year over the life of a 20-year lease, said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.

Chris Penrose, managing partner of the development firm, has built similar FBI buildings in several other cities around the country under contracts awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration.

GSA official Jeffrey Neely said the FBI’s departure from the federal building will free up space for new tenants and clear the way “much-needed renovations” in the downtown facility.

FBI agents have been present in Hawaii since 1931 but the bureau became a very active law enforcement presence in the Islands in the early 1970’s, said Montoya, a foreign counterterrorism expert who was assigned here in January.

The jurisdiction of the Honolulu office includes Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa.

The new structure will include a 20,000 square foot annex for automotive and electronic repairs and a secure car parking structure and lot to accommodate 350 cars.

The site is at 91-1300 Enterprise Street on former Barber’s Point Naval Air Station property.

The building was designed by Architects Hawaii and Charles Pankow is the general contractor.

Source: HawaiiReporter.com

Holomua Condominium *Affordable U/C in the Makiki area of Honolulu


Construction starts on affordable Honolulu condo tower

Date: Friday, October 7, 2011, 7:00am HST - Last Modified: Friday, October 7, 2011, 7:10am HST

Developers have started construction on a 23-story condominium tower near the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Beretania Street in Honolulu that is already sold out.

KITV reports that the Holomua project is a joint venture between the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. and private developers THM Partners LLC/KRC Partners LLC. KITV said 90 of the building's 176 units will be designated affordable under the state's guidelines and reports that developer Peter Savio says the units sold out in one weekend after attracting more than 4,000 prospective buyers.

Source: Holomua Condominium & Pacific Business News

Rail has role in housing
The city's transit line has potential for triggering a rise in affordable units

By Andrew Gomes

Oahu's planned mass-transit line promises relief for many commuters facing present and future traffic troubles, but the rail system also might help relieve another social ill: the lack of affordable housing.

Experts on Hawaii land use and development policies see rail as a huge opportunity to address an affordable-housing crisis that more or less has festered over the last decade despite efforts by state leaders and community organizations.

The rail line's 21 planned stations between Kapolei and Ala Moana Center?are expected to be catalysts for new urban development to which the city attaches requirements and/or incentives to build affordable housing.

With the right infrastructure, zoning and incentives, I think it?is extremely doable,?said Chuck Wathen, chief executive of Hawaii Housing Alliance, a group that advocates for affordable housing.

The estimated $5.3 billion public works project is of such a scale that with the right ideas, producing affordable work-force housing connected with rail could rival the biggest past initiatives on Hawaii's most populous island.

Earlier this year a partnership involving the city, Wathen and Kamehameha Schools was awarded a $2.4 million federal grant to explore opportunities for delivering work-force housing surrounding the 21 stations.


High-density housing for low-income residents is among development concepts for areas near rail stations. This rendering, which is from a draft plan for the area near the planned Pearl Highlands station, presents an idea of what such housing might look like.

A rendering of Sumida Farms near the proposed rail station in the Pearlridge area. It shows what the area around work-force housing might look like.

An example of the high-density housing concepts being proposed.


Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

Tallest buildings over 350 ft. in Honolulu (Built, Approved or U/C)

Honolulu city
1 690 Pohukaina 650 ft *Approved (2015-2019?)
2 First Hawaiian Center 438 ft
3 Pacifica Honolulu 425 ft *To be completed November 2011
4 Moana Pacific East Tower 423 ft or 422 ft?
5 Moana Pacific West Tower 423 ft or 422 ft?
6 Hokua 416 ft or 418 ft?
7 Nauru Tower 416 ft or 418 ft?
8 Hawaiki Tower 400 ft
9 Imperial Plaza 400 ft
10 One Archer Lane 400 ft
11 One Waterfront Makai Tower 400 ft
12 One Waterfront Mauka Tower 400 ft
13 Ko'olani 400 ft
14 World Trade Center Hawaii 400 ft *Proposal
15 Ala Moana Hotel 397 ft
16 1132 Bishop Street 387 ft
17 Keola Lai 387 ft
18 The Watermark Waikiki 374 ft
19 Discovery Bay Center 351 ft
20 Hawaii Monarch Hotel 351 ft
21 Hilton Grand Waikikian 351 ft
22 The Windsor 351 ft
23 Trump International Hotel and Tower 351 ft
24 Yacht Harbor Towers 351 ft
25 Canterbury Place 350 ft
26 Century Center 350 ft
27 Endeavor Condominium [Discovery Bay] 350 ft
28 Executive Center 350 ft
29 Franklin Towers 350 ft
30 Honolulu Park Place 350 ft
31 Honolulu Tower 350 ft
32 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Diamond Head Tower [Hyatt Regency Waikiki] 350 ft
33 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Ewa Tower [Hyatt Regency Waikiki] 350 ft
34 Island Colony 350 ft
35 Ohana Maile Sky Court 350 ft
36 Pacific Monarch 350 ft
37 Pauahi Tower [Bishop Square] 350 ft
38 Regency Tower [Regency Tower] 350 ft
39 Regency Tower 2 [Regency Tower] 350 ft
40 Resolution Condominium [Discovery Bay] 350 ft
41 Royal Iolani Diamond Head Tower [Royal Iolani Condominiums] 350 ft
42 Royal Iolani Ewa Tower [Royal Iolani Condominiums] 350 ft
43 Tapa Tower [Hilton Hawaiian Village] 350 ft
44 The Aqua Waikiki Marina Towers 350 ft
45 Waikiki Banyan Makai Tower [Waikiki Banyan] 350 ft
46 Waikiki Banyan Mauka Tower [Waikiki Banyan] 350 ft
47 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 1 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
48 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 2 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
49 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 3 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
50 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 4 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
51 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 5 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
52 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 6 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal
53 Kakaako 'urban villages' Tower 7 350-400 ft or higher if 650 ft height limit is approved for the area *Proposal

*A Few Proposals just west of the Honolulu area.
Aiea/Pearl Ridge/Pearl City
Robertson Properties Group 350 ft
Robertson Properties Group 300 ft
Robertson Properties Group 250 ft


Sources: Emporis, Honolulu Star Advertiser, DBEDT, Hawaii News Now

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Another view of the 690 Pohukaina -- unfortunately they haven't included the two other buildings proposed for the area yet.

Engineers ponder 650-foot Kakaako tower
Highrises always come with unique design challenges
Pacific Business News by Duane Shimogawa, Reporter
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:00am HST

Architects, engineers and contractors are still marveling over the state’s recently proposed skyscraper at 690 Pohukaina in Kakaako that, if completed as planned, will be the tallest building in Hawaii.

The 650-foot highrise will dwarf the First Hawaiian Center, which is currently the tallest building in the state, by nearly 250 feet.

A developer for the 690 Pohukaina project won’t be selected until early next year. And details such as cost, financing and square footage for the two residential towers planned as part of the project still need to be determined.


RENDERING COURTESY: Hawaii Community Development Authority
A developer for the 690 Pohukaina project, which is shown as the tallest building in this rendering, will be selected by the end of next year.



Images Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

Queen Emma Land Co. moving ahead with Waikiki redevelopment
Pacific Business News
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 9:49am HST

Queen Emma Land Co. is moving ahead with its plans to redevelop the International Market Place in Waikiki.

Queen Emma Land Co. and Taubman Centers .Taubman Centers Latest from The Business Journals Waikiki's International Market Place going upscaleBuyers circling luxury retail center0M Green Hills office park, hotel in limbo Follow this company ., in partnership with San Francisco-based CoastWood Capital Group, said Friday they filed an environmental impact statement preparation notice as part of the company’s next step in exploring the redevelopment of the 2.9-acre International Market Place in the center of Hawaii’s main tourism district.

Currently, plans for the revitalization of the International Market Place call for an approximately 355,000-square-foot, three-level, open-air retail center, which will be designed to incorporate historical, cultural and educational features and opportunities, the land company said in a statement.

“Though we are still in the preliminary phases of determining the feasibility of redeveloping this iconic destination, we are excited to continue to move forward with this project,” said Stephen J. Kieras, senior vice president of development for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Taubman, in a statement.

The International Market Place sits on land owned and managed by Queen Emma Land Co., the real-estate arm of The Queen's Health Systems .The Queen's Health Systems Latest from The Business Journals Waikiki's International Market Place going upscaleQuality, not quantity, of health careQueen's Health Systems, Hawaii Medical Service Association agree to rate plan Follow this company .that also includes The Queen’s Medical Center, the state’s largest private nonprofit hospital, and Molokai General Hospital.


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A draft rendering for Queen Emma Land Co.'s International Market Place in Waikiki shows the plans for a three-level, open air retail center.

Waikiki's International Market Place going upscale
Pacific Business News by Linda Chiem, Reporter
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:41pm HST - Last Modified: Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:57pm HST

Queen Emma Land Co.’s preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the International Market Place is estimated to cost between $250 million and $300 million, marking what will be a major capital infusion into the iconic shopping mecca that sits in the heart of Hawaii’s main tourist hub.

If all goes according to plan for the land company and its development partners, Taubman Centers .Taubman Centers Latest from The Business Journals Queen Emma Land Co. moving ahead with Waikiki redevelopmentBuyers circling luxury retail center0M Green Hills office park, hotel in limbo Follow this company ., which is based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and CoastWood Capital Group out of San Francisco, construction could start as early as 2013, Queen’s spokesman Cedric Yamanaka told PBN.

He made clear that the land company’s filing of an environmental impact statement preparation notice on Friday for the redevelopment is just the next step toward determining the feasibility of the project. It’s still early and elements of the plan, including cost and the construction timeline, are subject to change, he said.

But, if it all comes to fruition, it would restart long stalled plans for the revitalization of the 53-year-old marketplace.

Queen Emma Land Co., the real estate arm of The Queen's Health Systems. The Queen's Health Systems Latest from The Business Journals Queen Emma Land Co. moving ahead with Waikiki redevelopment. Quality, not quantity, of health careQueen's Health Systems, Hawaii Medical Service Association agree to rate plan Follow this company, has twice announced plans to redevelop the marketplace in the last decade — most recently in 2008 and before that in 2003.

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Smaller not-so-special projects.....

Construction to begin on The Cove Waikiki condo project
Pacific Business News
Date: Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:04pm HST



A mid-rise Waikiki condominium project that has been in the planning stages for more than three years is scheduled to start construction in March 2012.

The Cove Waikiki will be built on a 1.6-acre L-shaped parcel of land on Kaioo Drive off Hobron Lane. It will feature 117 one- and two-bedroom units in three five-story buildings, the developer, Waikiki Palms LP, said in a statement.

Waikiki Palms LP is an affiliate of Form Partners LLC, whose managing partner, Chris Deuchar, also developed The Vanguard Lofts in Honolulu. Form Partners also is serving as a development consultant for Robertson Properties Group’s redevelopment of the Kamehameha Drive-In property in Aiea.

Richard Matsunaga & Associates .Richard Matsunaga & Associates Latest from The Business Journals PBN announces Fastest 50 winnersIf can, can -- for Foodbank Follow this company .is the architect on The Cove Waikiki project, while Philpotts & Associates is the designer. Ledcor Construction .Ledcor Construction Latest from The Business Journals West Seattle Fauntleroy Place dispute heats upLedcor: Fauntleroy Place deed a 'charade'Judge calls off auction of pit in West Seattle Follow this company .LLC is the general contractor. First Hawaiian Bank .First Hawaiian Bank Latest from The Business Journals Local firms give M to APEC effortBank of America decides not to charge for debit card useAUW takes first small steps in defining what its future will be Follow this company .is financing the project, according to Form Partners’ website.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013. The sales office opens on Saturday and prices will start at $350,000. Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties is the broker on the project.

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Sources: Pacific Business News & FormPartners.com

Skyline Honolulu - 2007/2008 Proposal? Not sure of current status but formpartners.com has the project listed as "In progress" & construction to begin in 2011?

95+ unit, 4-story urban mid-rise building, comprised of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, featuring a pool, recreation room, roof top decks, a community roof top deck, recreational area, and underground parking. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011 and total project sales are expected to exceed $80 million.





Source: FormPartners.com

Transforming the Queen Emma building from



To this condo...


Source: Honolulu Magazine
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The proposed Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Kaka’ako Makai, Honolulu. The last I read -- it was narrowed down to Honolulu & Chicago & my gut feeling tells me that Chicago will probably get it. Anyhow, I like the first rendering of it for the one in Honolulu.


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Yay! Another project on the way.

New Kakaako Condo Announced, Unveiled
43-story Tower On Waimanu St. Between Ala Moana, Ward Centers

Location:

Source: KITV.com


Waihonua at Kewalo - Kewalo Development. Architectural consultant, Pappageorge Haymes of Chicago, worked to create a design inspired by the history of the Kewalo area as well as the ocean, mountain and city views. Image courtesy A&B Properties.


Waihonua at Kewalo, photo courtesy A&B Properties.

HONOLULU -- Kewalo Development, a subsidiary of Alexander and Baldwin Properties, unveiled a new residential condominium project Wednesday, Waihonua at Kewalo.

The planned 43-story tower, situated on Waimanu Street between Ala Moana Shopping Center and the Ward Centers, will be the final high-rise condominium in Honolulu’s premiere residential high-rise neighborhood.

The proximity to shopping, dining, recreation, transportation, and a complete array of services makes Waihonua an excellent choice for urban living.

Since acquiring the property in mid-2010, Kewalo Development has worked with Hawaii-based architects Design Partners, Inc., and its architectural consultant, Pappageorge Haymes of Chicago, to create a design for the tower.

Amenities at Waihonua at Kewalo will include a fitness center, recreation deck including pool, spa and cabanas with barbeques, and a private movie theatre.

"Waihonua at Kewalo will offer a sophisticated urban lifestyle to a broad spectrum of buyers in today’s market place," said A&B Land Group President Christopher J. Benjamin. "The location, great amenities and interior design features will make this a tremendous opportunity for buyers."

Waihonua at Kewalo will consist of 345 one to three bedroom residences, and will offer seven penthouse residences on the 43rd floor.

The planned opening of the sales gallery in December will allow interested buyers to purchase a unit in Waihonua.

Fee-simple prices will begin at $400,000 for one bedroom/one bath, $565,000 for two bedroom/two bath, and $720,000 for threebedroom/two bath residences.

Source: KITV.com & MauiNow.com

Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2012 & completed about 2 years later. I'm guessing the building height will be in the 400 ft. range like the others around it.
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Senior housing planned for Iwilei
Pacific Housing to build 160 affordable units at cost of $66.9 million
Date: Friday, July 1, 2011, 12:00am HST


The architect’s rendering of Senior Residence at Iwilei shows a 15-story building.


Pacific Housing Assistance Corp. is planning to break ground at this site next March for the Senior Residence at Iwilei. Its urban Honolulu location — the site of the former Oahu Railway & Land Co. depot — is expected to be one of its draws.

An affordable senior housing project with an estimated price tag of $66.9 million is going to be built on Iwilei Road at the long-vacant site of the former Oahu Railway & Land Co. depot. The planned 15-story, 160-unit Senior Residence at Iwilei, at 888 Iwilei Road, is being developed by the nonprofit Pacific Housing Assistance Corp. on 1.5 acres of state-owned land leased from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp.
After working for years to secure public and private financing — efforts that were crippled during the recent recession — the project’s developers now expect to start construction in March 2012. Estimated time frame for completion is 2014.

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Awesome, any new high rise development is exciting. Seems every tall building built in Honolulu looks kind of the same though. Hopefully whatever goes up on that site in Kakaako with the 650' tower breaks the architectural mold.

That building remodel looks really good though.
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I agree. Glass facades seems to be the in-thing at the moment. However, I am glad that they aren't building as many uglies as they did back in the 70s & 80s! I'd imagine that the 650 ft. tower will probably go through a design change once or twice before all is said and done but it's actually decent looking IMO. Also, if the height limit is officially raised in the Transit-Oriented Development area -- it may give the developers of the 9 or more proposed for the area an incentive to build something bold & unique. *Fingers crossed*
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