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 Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Ward Warehouse officially closed its doors on August 1, 2017 after four decades of business, and now Howard Hughes has announced that demolition work has officially begun! This is only the first step in what will be an exciting development for the Ward Village area. Gateway Towers is planned for the parcel, and sales have already begun. According the Master Plan, Gateway Park will run between the two towers, and a park will also be located across the street on the mauka side of the development.

Read the full report from Pacific Business News, below:

The Howard Hughes Corp. has started demolition work at the shuttered Ward Warehouse shopping complex in Honolulu and plans to tear the buildings down by the end of the year, but has yet to schedule construction of the Gateway Towers project that will replace it.

Re-use Hawaii is collecting salvagable materials to recycle and “remediation work” is being done to the 42-year-old complex, a spokeswoman for The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC) said in an email to Pacific Business News. The Honolulu Police Department and Honolulu Fire Department will also be using the site for first-responder training, she said.

If all goes as planned, the Ward Warehouse buildings will come down in November or December, she said. Layton Construction Co. is the general contractor overseeing the job.

Pre-sales for Gateway Towers, which is being designed by architect Richard Meier & Partners, began two years ago but the spokeswoman told PBN there is no “set date for the start of construction.” According to the Ward Village website, the units there will have one-, two- and three-plus bedrooms and be priced from $1.5 million to more than $20 million. The website also notes the “estimated move-in date” for the project is the fourth quarter of 2019.

Richard Meier & Partners designed the Gateway Towers mixed-use luxury condominium project, seen in this rendering, that will replace Ward Warehouse. The Howard Hughes Corp. began pre-sales on the units two years ago but has not set a start date for construction.

Richard Meier & Partners designed the Gateway Towers mixed-use luxury condominium project, seen in this rendering, that will replace Ward Warehouse. The Howard Hughes Corp. began pre-sales on the units two years ago but has not set a start date for construction.

Meanwhile, The Howard Hughes Corp. is also demolishing the low-rise warehouse buildings across the street to make way for its Aalii mixed-use project. That work will begin around the end of the year, too, and sales for the studio, one- and two-bedroom units there will begin by the end of the year.

The developer this week marked the completion of its second mixed-use tower in Ward Village, Anaha. Its two other Ward Village projects under construction, the Whole Foods Market-anchored Aeo and the Longs Drugs-anchored Ke Kilohana, will be completed in 2018 and 2019.

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