For my friends and clients keeping an eye on the developments within Ward Village, The Howard Hughes Corporation has applied for demolition permits for its Ward Warehouse retail complex, the same site where they plan to construct the luxury Gateway Towers. Read more from Pacific Business News, below:
The end is nearing for The Howard Hughes Corp.’s iconic Ward Warehouse retail complex in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood, Pacific Business News has learned.
The Texas developer has applied for demolition permits for the 115,000-square-foot retail complex, which opened in 1975 and is home to dozens of small businesses.
Howard Hughes has also applied for initial building permits for its planned Gateway Towers, which will include a total of 236 units in two luxury high-rise towers as part of the developer’s 60-acre Ward Village master-planned community. The developer also has plans to build another condo tower at the corner site of the existing Old Spaghetti Factory.
Todd Apo, vice president of community development for The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), told PBN on Monday that it has applied for these permits for its Gateway Towers project based upon timing requirements and plans for its development.
“Final decisions on construction timing will be driven by project sales,” he said. “The diverse home options throughout Ward Village continue to sell at all price points with over 1,080 homes sold to date. As we continue our efforts to create an extraordinary urban neighborhood for Honolulu, we continue to stay in touch with our tenants at Ward Village and keep them apprised of our development plans on an ongoing basis.”
Ward Warehouse’s tenant mix includes Paina Cafe, Nohea Gallery, Wedding Cafe, Brue Bar, Rix Island Wear, Cinnamon Girl, Eden In Love and Menchie’s.
Some tenants have moved on from the retail complex, including Executive Chef, which opened at Ward Warehouse in 1980.
Steve Au, owner of Steve Au and Associates and a former partner at Au Haworth and Smith, which designed Ward Warehouse, previously told PBN that when his firm designed the retail complex, it went with something that could be distinctive and easily built without using heavy materials.
“Besides the parking structure, everything else there is built with wood,” he said.
Au noted that the developers of Ward Warehouse told him to design something that would be easily taken down in 15 to 17 years for another development, although the retail complex has lasted about twice that long.