Is smaller better?UPDATED 7:49 PM HST Mar 04, 2014Video Transcript
DOWN on a push to raise height limits in Kakaako. Good evening,and thanks for joining us. I'm Paula Akana. The idea "raised cane" when it was first proposed more than a year ago. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has tonight's... top story. A plan on the table would allow up to three highrises of up to 700 feet in the Kakaako area. A state project --690 Pokukaina was the first tower that the governor suggested be allowed to go exceed the current 400 foot limit. The possibilities for 690 Pohukaina initially looked like this. It was December 2012, and developer Forest City porposed building the tallest building in the state or possibly two smaller ones.. Now...the governor says he's not focused on pushing the height limits.. - 37:22 37:38 -"The height is less of interest to me than the capacity to build the rentals I am happy to go along with whatever the development board the HCDA wants to do in terms of if it's a lower height, or more buildings. That's fine with me," Abercrombie says his priority is for housing, not height., - GOV 37:06- 37:14 -"The height issue is strictly from the point of view how can we get the most rentals out of it. I am aiming for 800 rentals," 690 Pokukaina which rise up next to Mother Waldreon Park is supposed to provide a mix of affordable and market rentals. - 38:49 -39:20 -"The only reason you go think about going high is to provide financing to do that. If the legislature will help us to build up our housing trust funds, if we can get support necessary to get an understanding that building housing for the working middle class is important, than height will be secondary," Forest City president Jon Wallenstom said today the company is interested in developing an attractive building that will house Hawaii's residents and that he agreed with the governor -- height is secondary. The company is working with the HCDA to reach a development agreement. The HCDA says it is close to securing one. Meanwhile the city is exploring what's needed to overhaul the aging Blaisdell Center .. And that could come with another skyscraper. Plans could include a 700- foot residental tower as an enticement for perspective developers Mayor 50: 24 50:33 -"I am not wedded to 700 feet or 400 feet. What would be the most appropiate use of the site working with our community to make sure they are comfortable with what goes there." The city has been working with the Urban Planning Institute on what's possible for the Blaisdell site. Scenaros will be laid out at a meeting 9 o clock Friday morning at the mission house auditorium. Back to you.