Kewalo Basin plansUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Dec 06, 2013Video Transcript
Tonight there's a new snapshot emerging in a corner of Kakaako. KITV4's Catherine Cruz joins us now with a fresh look in tonight's TOP story. The Hawaii Community Development Authority the agency that oversees Kakaako is stepping up plans to revitalize Kewalo Basin-- this week giving the nod to negotiate with several companies to add a wedding chapel, restaurants and club venue. Imagine a venue like New York's Blue Note Jazz club where top flight music acts could headline. And imagine it here- right off Ala Moana Boulevard on this sliver of park space. It's an idea being floated by the HCDA as it negotiates with various companies. The plan might also include a wedding chapel and a parking structure and opportunities for upscale and midrange dining. Now imagine this empty charter business transformed into an eatery.... - BOB TAPE 56- 1: 02 - "The charter building is going to be a family oriented casual pricepoint a casual familiy friendly restaurant," The plans hope to breathe new life into an underutilitzed area. It may sounds good to some, but others bristle at the thought. - David Graham 706 -7:13 - "Development of the parks and commercialism of the parks and removing public space and bringing stuff down to the shoreline is a bad idea" The development plan stands to displace the city lifeguard station considered for this area by the bathrooms. But a deal struck with the city calls for a shared facility on the other side of the harbor - CRUZ 4:10 416"One advantage of situating the station on this side of the harbors is that it will allow lifeguards quicker access to the ocean," - BOB TAPE 4:50- 5 02: - "It allows them to get out quicker so by mutual agreemnt we are going to develop a water response team to the county's specifications in our existing harbor masters office and we are looking to do that immediately," There are other ideas being floated for Kakaako Makai -- like a volley ball venue--and light show that are raising eyebrows. But Ching assures there will be opportunity for community input. - BOB TAPE Tony 3:41-3:53 - "We are going to do an enviromental statement on a park masterplan we are going to examine what the impacts are before we enter any permanant or concrete deals." The money he hope to generate from all these deals will go toward an annual million dollar tab to maintain park spaces--greenbacks for green space. Part of the pressure on HCDA is lease rent it used to get from properties in Kakaako were turned over to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs which is looking at ways to generate new revenue. It now owns the other side of Kewalo Basin. We should be hearing more about those development plans soon.