In a meeting Monday night, developers tried to appease concerns with a revised environmental impact statement and master development plan.
More than 100 residents attended the information meeting, both in support of the change and against.
Robertson Properties Group is proposing to rezone the area from commercial to mixed use, allowing for commercial and residential development. Developer John Manavian said new studies show the rezoning plan may actually help alleviate some of the traffic.
Other key changes to the master plan include scaling down the number, size, and height of the initially proposed residential towers. The number of residences has been reduced from 1,800 to 1,500.
The idea of a walkable community featuring shops, restaurants, and affordable housing appeals to some longtime residents.
"Everything is closer. You don't have to drive all the way downtown just to go shopping. I think it'll be good for the whole community. People will get more jobs and hopefully, my son will move out of my house" said Pearl City resident Leuma Leatumauga.
But not all are happy with the plans. Bill Clark, chair of the Aiea neighborhood board, said he still expects opposition in regards to potential traffic backlog and view obstruction.
Developers expect the multi-million dollar project to create nearly 1,000 permanent jobs and 1,500 residential homes, with 30 percent dedicated to afforable housing.
The draft EIS is expected to be published by the end of November or December and open for public comment up to 60 days.