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The Howard Hughes Corporation Announces Next Tower, Victoria Place

Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation. This rending shows The Howard Hughes Corp.'s Victoria Place project, a 350-unit condominium planned for a site along Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu, part of the developer's 60-acre Ward Village.

Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation. This rending shows The Howard Hughes Corp.'s Victoria Place project, a 350-unit condominium planned for a site along Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu, part of the developer's 60-acre Ward Village.

We are excited to share that The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced its next project, Victoria Place! The new development will be located at 1100 Ala Moana Blvd., between Waiea and Victoria Ward Park, the same site as the formerly planned Gateway Towers. The project is planned to have 350 residential units, 15,590 square feet of open space at the ground level, and 64,105 square feet of recreational space. The unit mix would include 137 one-bedroom units, 146 two-bedroom units and 77 three-bedroom units. No retail space is planned. Instead, the tower would be designed to integrate with green open space below. HCDA has scheduled a presentation hearing on the project for Sept. 4, with a decision-making hearing scheduled for Oct. 2.

The Howard Hughes Corporation just broke ground on its sixth project, Kōʻula, earlier this month.

To stay updated with the latest development in Ward Village, please reach out!

Read the full article from Pacific Business News, below:

The Howard Hughes Corp. has released plans for its seventh Hawaii tower — a 400-foot luxury condominium building whose name pays homage to the original owner of the 60-acre master-planned community Ward Village.

Victoria Place will be located at 1100 Ala Moana Blvd., between Waiea and Victoria Ward Park, a portion of the site The Howard Hughes Corp. had previously planned as the site for one of the two Gateway Towers, according to an application filed with the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which oversees development in Kakaako.

The application seeks to consolidate the footprint for the two previously approved Gateway Towers into one for Victoria Place, and expand the makai end of Victoria Ward Park to “provide enhancements for wellness, connectivity to the ocean and culturally inspired placemaking,” the developer said.

“The biggest part of this is being able to consolidate Gateway’s two towers into one,” Todd Apo, senior vice president of community relations at Howard Hughes, told Pacific Business News Tuesday. “We’re moving one of the tower footprints, with more homes and more reserved housing as well, opening up and expanding the park space.”

The site of Victoria Place, adjacent to Victoria Ward Park, is seen here with, from left, Aeo, Anaha and Waiea seen in the distance

The Gateway Towers project, which was to have 236 units, was shelved last year after Simon Treacy took over as president of the Hawaii region for Dallas-based Howard Hughes.

Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation. This rending shows the additional open space along the ground level of the Victoria Place project, adjacent to Victoria Ward Park.

Photo: The Howard Hughes Corporation. This rending shows the additional open space along the ground level of the Victoria Place project, adjacent to Victoria Ward Park.

“As featured in our announcement last year, our plan for the former Ward Warehouse location now reflects greater public amenities, more open green space, and an increased connection to the waterfront,” Treacy said in a statement. “Victoria Ward’s legacy continues to serve as our biggest inspiration as we transform Ward Village into a world-class destination that showcases the beauty and culture of our island.”

Victoria Place will have 350 residential units, 15,590 square feet of open space at the ground level, and 64,105 square feet of recreational space. The unit mix would include 137 one-bedroom units, 146 two-bedroom units and 77 three-bedroom units, according to the sewer application filed with the City and County of Honolulu.

Unlike the first six towers completed or under construction — Waiea, Anaha, Aeo, Ke Kilohana, Aalii and Koula, which broke ground two weeks ago — there is no retail or commercial space planned for Victoria Place, Apo confirmed.

“The focus of the ground floor is going to be the integration of the park,” Apo said. “The makai section of park is a more tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. We think it will be a nice change and transition.”

The project is being designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, who also designed the Anaha and Aalii towers for Howard Hughes, as well as the ONE Ala Moana and Park Lane Ala Moana buildings around Ala Moana Center and Brookfield Properties' Lilia Waikiki project, which is expected to start construction this year.

HCDA has scheduled a presentation hearing on the project for Sept. 4, with a decision-making hearing scheduled for Oct. 2.

The project is named for Victoria Ward — who, with her husband, Curtis Ward — bought 100 acres stretching from Thomas Square to the ocean in 1870. The portion of the land mauka of Kapiolani Boulevard is occupied by the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, which is owned by the City and County of Honolulu.

The Ward family owned the 60 acres makai of Kapiolani — including Ward Warehouse, Ward Centre and the Ward Entertainment Complex — until 2002, when Victoria Ward Ltd. was sold to Ala Moana Center owner General Growth Properties for $275 million.

The Howard Hughes Corp. took over the land in 2010 after General Growth emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Ward Village Kō‘ula architect listed on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

Photo: Time Magazine

Photo: Time Magazine

Jeanne Gang, the principal of Studio Gang Architects (and the team behind Kō‘ula) was recently named to TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2019! Kō‘ula is Studio Gang’s first major project on the Hawaiian Islands. The Ward Village development will embody indoor-outdoor living, with each unit designed to have ocean views. Please contact us to learn more about this exciting new project!

Read Time Magazine’s profile of Ms. Gang, below:

Jeanne Gang has the WOW factor. Her stunning Aqua, in Chicago, is the tallest building ever built by a woman. Now she’s building an even taller one. Yet, for Jeanne, architecture is not just a wondrous object. It’s a catalyst for change. Her sleek, woody boathouses are helping to revive the polluted Chicago River by filtering runoff organically. Her Polis Station concept aims to improve the way civilians interact with law enforcement by fusing police stations with civic recreational centers. She recently tested the idea in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, adding a basketball court to the 10th District police station in North Lawndale.
The results were so popular, she’s now expanding the facility.

Referring to the growing socioeconomic divides in our cities, Jeanne has warned her profession against “sorting ourselves into architects of the rich and architects of the poor,” and focuses instead on discovering “new possibilities for the discipline and beyond.” And it all started with playing in the dirt and making ice castles. Wow.

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Kakaako condo Ae‘o ready for owners

Photo: Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Photo: Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Ae‘o is officially welcoming its first owners! Congratulations to the owners who were able to move in this past Thursday, December 6, 2018. Owners will be moving into their units throughout the month.

Ae‘o is the first Ward Village condo development to completely sell out. However, I do have one unit for sale and a few units for rent. If you are interested, contact me now, as interest for the brand-new building is high!

Read more from the Honolulu Star Advertiser below:

Chris Laniauskas is an occasional Whole Foods Market shopper, but that likely will change soon when he takes up residence in a tower connected to the natural food retailer’s flagship Hawaii store in Kakaako.

The local insurance company executive was part of an initial group of about 150 new condominium owners in the Ae‘o high-rise at Ward Village who picked up their keys Thursday and will move into the 38-story tower over the next few weeks.

By late January all 466 owners in the sold-out building are scheduled to take possession of their new homes, which cost $1 million on average.

Ae‘o’s developer, Howard Hughes Corp., held a blessing ceremony Thursday morning before the first condo owners started arriving.

“This is the culmination of what we’ve all been able to provide: new homes and a new lifestyle for many here at Ward Village,” Todd Apo, senior vice president of community development in Hawaii for Texas-based Hughes Corp., said at the blessing attended by about 100 people who were involved in the tower’s development and management.

Ae‘o is the third tower to open in as many years at Ward Village, a 60-acre property master-planned for 16 towers with about 4,500 homes and 1 million square feet of retail space. The first two towers were Waiea, which opened in 2016, and Anaha, which opened last year.

New owners who arrived Thursday received a gift bag that included a homeowner’s manual, an umbrella and stemless clear silicone wine glasses. Among the group were a father and son who came from the airport with four suitcases after a flight from Japan to kick off a stay in their new vacation home.

Dickson Wong was another buyer who picked up keys Thursday. He and his wife made Kakaako their home seven years ago when they bought a new unit in the Pacifica Honolulu tower fronting Kapiolani Boulevard. Then, two years ago, they moved to The Collection when that tower was completed at the bottom of South Street.

“We like condo living,” Wong said. “It’s kind of like living in a hotel.”

Laniauskas said the growing Ward Village community was what attracted him and his wife, who is eight months pregnant, to move from a condo tower in the Ala Moana area.

“We’re buying into Ward Village as much as we’re buying into the building,” he said. “Being walkable is what’s attractive (about the community).”

Laniauskas added that Whole Foods being part of the tower was a definite draw. “It’s great to have something like that below,” he said.

Whole Foods opened in May. The store isn’t directly below the condos, but is part of the building, which includes separate parking structures for retail customers and residents. Ae‘o residents can get to the store by walking through a portal on the second level of their parking garage that leads to the retailer’s garage and a store entrance.

Annalee English, the store’s manager, said business is expected to increase with all the residents moving in. “We’re excited to be their pantry downstairs,” she said. “It’s a huge convenience factor, for sure.”

Like Laniauskas, Wong expects he and his wife will be more frequent shoppers at Whole Foods.

“I think now that we live here, we’ll visit more often,” Wong said.

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Neighborhood News: Howard Hughes Corp. plans community outreach on Ward Village walkway

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Ward Village’s developer is seeking public input on the design of elevated walkways that would connect a central plaza, named Victoria Ward Park, in the neighborhood to a planned rail station, Ala Moana Beach Park and future condominium towers. Howard Hughes Corporation expects to start community outreach next month.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below:

The Howard Hughes Corp. is naming its central plaza at Ward Village after Victoria Ward and plans to start community outreach next month on a plan to build an elevated walkway that would stretch from the development to the ocean.

Howard Hughes (NYSE: HHC) is naming the park Victoria Ward Park to acknowledge the history and culture of the 60-acre master-planned community, which was once part of an estate belonging to Victoria and Curtis Ward, Simon Treacy, president of The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Hawaii operations, told Pacific Business News.

Treacy first revealed his plan for the elevated walkway in an interview with PBN in May, during which he said plans for the previously announced Gateway Towers, planned for the site of the former Ward Warehouse, would be placed on hold.

Treacy envisions the walkway to emulate the High Line in New York, a half-mile-long elevated park that would meander from a future transit station along Halekauwila Street, through Ward Village and over Ala Moana Boulevard, ending at Kewalo Basin, which the developer manages.

Treacy said Howard Hughes was still “listening and learning and understanding everyone’s perspective” on the proposed plans.

“The feedback we’re getting from the public and private sector is very strong,” he said.

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