September 2, 2015 - The HCDA has delayed its decision regarding the tower glass of Symphony Honolulu for the third time. The new date for a hearing is now set for Wednesday, September 16 at 1 p.m, 547 Queen Street, 2nd Floor.
Find the article from Pacific Business News below:
Hawaii regulators — for the third time — delayed making a decision on a “glass rule” for Kakaako high-rise projects regarding an issue with developerOliverMcMillan’s Symphony Honolulu mixed-use condominium tower, a spokeswoman for the developer confirmed to PBN.
On Wednesday, members of the Hawaii Community Development Authorityboard, which already delayed making a decision on the issue twice before, came out of a three-hour executive session noting that the board will be deferring making a decision once again.
A decision-making hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, the HCDA heard from a consultant from OliverMcMillan and even took more public comments.
Sharon Moriwake, a Kakaako resident, said that the developer should not have been allowed to not follow the rules.
“The developer has to know the rules and abide by them,” she said. “When you look at this petition, it should be denied. They should change the windows out.”
Symphony Honolulu is currently being built at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard across from the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, and is expected to be completed in less than a year.
San Diego-based OliverMcMillan is requesting that the HCDA waive or permanently suspend the existing glass rule as it pertains to its Symphony project, as well as suspend the rule for Kakaako in general. The glass rule requires that current condo projects in Kakaako have a measured visible light transmission level of at least 50 percent.
Symphony is being built with windows that have a visible light transmission level of less than 50 percent. The project’s development permit was approved for the current glass that is being installed, although the HCDA did not take into account the area’s glass rule.
The developer said that the implementation of the glass rule has resulted in an unfortunate set of circumstances preventing development projects from satisfying HCDA-mandated minimum energy savings under the current set of rules.
OliverMcMillan said that the glass rule makes it impossible for a project with a window-wall design, such as Symphony Honolulu, to meet both the glass rule and the required LEED minimum.