On April 26th, the City Council will vote on the first round of amendments to the City’s FY 18 Operating Budget (Bill 25), its CIP Budget (Bill 26), as well as our Legislative Budget (Bill 24) and HART’s operating and CIP budgets (Bills 32 and 33).
Mahalo to Ala Moana/Kakaako NB #11 Chair Tam for his support for two amendments proposed by Kakaako neighbors to improve quality of life in this neighborhood, as well as to other Kakaako neighbors who submitted supportive testimony on these items!
Dog Park at Mother Waldron Park: $30,000 for the planning, design, and construction of a fenced dog park at Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park. My staff and I received an updated cost estimate from Department of Design and Construction for $390,000, which will be proposed for the next round of amendments.
As a result of testimony submitted in opposition to the Bill 26, CD1 amendment, I also learned that State Department of Education and Hawaii Housing Finance Development Corporation are currently planning a new elementary school on the former Pohukaina School site with City officials, and that the proposed dog park site is likely to become an access roadway for the school. The elementary school will be incorporated into the 690 Pohukaina affordable housing project being developed between state agencies and Forest City Development.
My staff and I are therefore exploring the use of alternative locations for a Downtown Honolulu or Kakaako fenced dog park site, and would appreciate recommendations for other locations as we prepare CD2 amendments to appropriate funds for the fenced dog park.
Traffic Lights for Kakaako Intersections: $250,000 for the planning, design, and construction of traffic lights at the intersections of South Street/Kawaiahao Street and Cooke Street/Kawaiahao Street is also included in Bill 26, CD1.
My staff and I have received increased numbers of complaints about hazardous conditions for pedestrians and motorists traversing South Street-Kapiolani Boulevard, particularly as the new bike lane on South Street converges with King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.
Similarly, One Archer Lane residents have complained about the hazards associated with exiting their condominium since the installation of the two-way King Street bike lane. They requested a traffic light to improve ingress/egress at the intersection of S. Hotel/King Streets (where mauka-bound Cooke Street traffic and S. Hotel Street makai-bound traffic converge with King Street traffic) in 2012, and are concerned about the level of traffic traveling mauka or makai within the one block between Ward Avenue and Alapai Street.