Third city problems
“Other private projects include San Diego-based Oliver McMillan’s plans for 407 apartments in a 400-foot tower called Symphony Honolulu, with an exotic-car dealership on its ground floor . . .” (“Kakaako: Core Density,” Feb. 13). A tower with that name, right in Kaka’ako, ground zero of the Sisyphean struggle our own symphony musicians have faced in the past several years? Only in Honolulu.
“G.T.T.” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]
[The Office of Hawaiian Affairs] has no master plan because [their] portion of land is a landfill, or fast land, as the state calls it. Now add to that the governor’s plan to put new artificial piers along and into certain areas using the ownership of the submerged lands as the right to do and build on. Point is simple: The state is moving right along with Kakaako development. What or how OHA can contribute to this process remains unclear and uncertain, especially with this BoD, which obviously in this game has been dealt [their] own hand and only now knows it.
Kealii Makekau via [HonoluluWeekly.com]
“High speed” rail stations? Whachoo smokin’ Willis? That’s as humorous as the quote about concerns for preserving views followed by the note that all the developers already have exemptions or were granted variances.
“Blind_Mice” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]
Interesting article overall, although the author did make two errors. She said two “high-speed” rail stations were being planned in Kakaako. High-speed rail are train systems that travel over 110mph (usually much faster) and serve INTERcity trips of up to around 500 miles. Honolulu is not building a high-speed rail system; they are building an INTRAcity rail system they are designating as “high-capacity” because it is being designed to move up to 25,000 passengers per hour per direction. The trains themselves won’t exceed 55mph and will average around 25–30mph including stops.
The second error was that the author said the 690 Pohukaina St. project, if built to 650 feet tall as proposed, would exceed the City’s height limit by 250 feet. The land is administered by HCDA, which is a State agency, and they have their own zoning and height limit rules and are not subject to any City zoning or height rules. So the author should have said the project would exceed HCDA’s Kakaako height limit rather than the City’s.
“Jose Cuervo” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]