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Ward Village Update: Howard Hughes wins approval for 751-unit Aalii tower in Kakaako

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes continues to make progress in shaping the Ward Village community in Honolulu's Kakaako.  With Waiea completed at the end of 2016, upcoming projects include Anaha (2017), Aeo (2018), and Ke Kilohana (2019).  The latest to join be announced by Howard Hughes is Aalii.  Aalii will target locals, and will have at least 100 reserved housing units.  The project was approved by the HCDA last week. 

Read more from Pacific Business News' Duane Shimogawa, below:

Hawaii regulators have approved The Howard Hughes Corp.’s plan to develop a 42-story, 751-unit mixed-use condominium high-rise project, the sixth project announced for the Texas developer's Ward Village in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako.

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which regulates developments in Kakaako, approved the developer’s Aalii project, which will be located on the route of the Honolulu rail transit project along Halekauwila Street.

“We are excited to bring Aalii to life,” Todd Apo, vice president of community development for The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), told PBN in a statement late Wednesday evening. “Aalii is an outstanding opportunity for kamaaina to make Ward Village their home. We appreciate the strong public input and overwhelming community support for this project throughout the process. Aalii is a vital step in addressing the critical housing shortage on Oahu.”

The project is the latest condo project to be unveiled by Howard Hughes as part of its 60-acre Ward Village master-planned community. Aalii will join the next door Aeo project that includes the state’s flagship Whole Foods Market, Waiea, Anaha, Ke Kilohana and Gateway Towers that would replace the Ward Warehouse retail complex.

A couple of warehouses near Ward Entertainment Center have been demolished to make way for the project, which will include at least 100 reserved housing units and studio, one- and two-bedroom units, 19,000 square feet of open space and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Residential units will range from about 300 square feet to 900 square feet. There will be no penthouses in this project.

The tower, which was designed by San Francisco’s Solomon Cordwell Buenzwith local partner Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd., will be built parallel to Ward Avenue and aimed at preserving mauka-to-makai views. Solomon Cordwell Buenz also designed the developer’s Anaha mixed-use tower. No general contractor has been selected for Aalii just yet.

Amenities will include barbecue areas, a pool, fitness centers, private rooms and lounges, some of which will be located on the 42nd floor of the tower. Other amenities will be located atop a podium that’s part of the building. Howard Hughes plans to start sales on Aalii this year, with construction starting later this year or in 2018, and completed in 24 months. The developer did not specify a cost to develop the project.

Howard Hughes asked the HCDA for a variance to raise the tower’s podium height from 45 feet to 75 feet, which will add more parking and accommodate retail spaces below.

Howard Hughes also plans to develop a second mixed-use high-rise project next to Aalii at a later time. This project would replace a vacant lot and a warehouse in the area, including the popular Marukai Market Place. The developer said demand will ultimately dictate the timing of this project.

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Howard Hughes presents plans on $20M upgrade of Kewalo Basin Harbor

The below article is by Duane Shimogawa for Pacific Business News, published on May 5, 2016:

The Howard Hughes Corp. presented plans to state regulators in Hawaii this week regarding its $20 million upgrade of Kewalo Basin Harbor, the aging small boat harbor directly across the street from the developer's 60-acre Ward Village master-planned community in Honolulu.

The two-phase renovation of the aging Kakaako small boat harbor includes water, fire and electrical upgrades, adding security cameras and Wi-Fi. The improvements also include repairing the concrete and epoxy coat, as well as adding security gates. The pile caps will be demolished and replaced with new docks, and a marine fueling facility will be installed.

The Howard Hughes Corp. presented plans to state regulators in Hawaii this week regarding its $20 million upgrade of Kewalo Basin Harbor, seen here, the aging small boat harbor directly across the street from the developer's 60-acre Ward Village master-planned community in Honolulu

Honolulu-based Sea Engineering Inc., along with other consultants, including Coffman Engineers Inc., are doing the work on the long-overdue project.

Last year, the Texas-based developer took over management duties of the harbor under a lease with the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Todd Apo, vice president of community development for The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), told PBN Thursday that the developer was required to do the improvements under its lease.

“The lease was set up that we were able to recover the development costs from the revenue from the harbor,” he said, noting that it comes out to a 16 to 18 year recovery of those costs. “Under the lease, right now, we are at base rent and then it goes up to percentage rent.”

Howard Hughes’ Kewalo Harbor Development Co. LLC is requesting a development permit from the HCDA, the state agency regulating development in the Honolulu neighborhood, to do the upgrades.

A decision-making hearing is scheduled for June 1 at 1 p.m. at the at the HCDA’s office on Queen Street in Honolulu.

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HCDA sets new date regarding decision on Symphony Honolulu condo glass

Photo courtesy of Pacific Business News

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.

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