With pre-construction utility planning and other transit impacts underway in urban Honolulu, several projects affecting the Ala Moana-Kakaako region are emerging.
For example, redevelopment of the State-owned property at 902 Alder Street includes a 19-story building to house the Judiciary’s juvenile justice/shelter center on the first 3 floors, and 180 rental housing units on the remaining floors targeted for individuals and families whose income levels are at 60% Area Median Income (AMI) or lower. The existing Judiciary structures on the property will be demolished, with the following development milestones:
- Legislative approval of CIP funds for Judiciary portion/Phase 1 – May 2016
- Request for Proposals for Developer – July-August 2016
- Contract Award – January 2017
- Negotiate/Execute Development Agreement – February-September 2017
- Developer prepares plans, financing, and permits – Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018
- Construction begins – December 2019
- Construction completed – August 2021
Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation will process approvals and entitlements under Chapter 201H, HRS, and comments are now being solicited on a Draft Environmental Assessment by April 21, 2016. Please send comments to Katia Balassiano at SSFM International Inc. (phone: 356-1273), with copies to Department of Accounting and General Services.
Nearby at 710 Sheridan Street, the proposed Hawaii City Plaza will be another mixed-use, 250-feet high-rise condominium with 163 units and 3 commercial stores on the first floor and 33 of its 163 units designated as ‘affordable’. Price positions for the project were identified at $300,000, $400,000 and $500,000 per unit respectively.
Of particular interest are the projects’ relationships to transit-oriented development (TOD) changes proposed in the Draft Final Ala Moana TOD Plan, for which a fourth community briefing was held on March 9, 2016. For example, a number of new roadways are identified in Figure 3-8: Proposed Roadway Hierarchy, page 55 of the Plan; several of the new roadways will have major impacts on existing businesses or institutions. The Draft Final Ala Moana TOD Plan will be submitted to the Honolulu City Council for consideration shortly.
The Draft Final Ala Moana TOD Plan and accompanying powerpoint are posted at http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/dpptod/alamoana_docs/Ala_Moana_-_Draft_Final_TOD_Plan_Report_031116_web.pd