Opponents' Concerns Stall Kaka'ako Development ProjectUPDATED 7:40 PM HST Jul 03, 2013Video Transcript
Too tall, too close, and now TOO BAD for a developer who wants to build a new highrise in Kakaako. The 803 Waimanu project is one of many on the table right now ... But as KITV4's Catherine Cruz shows us... Today it found itself on shaky ground. Project supporters wore blue t-shirts to counter opponents dressed in red. There were last ditch appeals from professionals and young families to build homes within their reach. MJ Development proposed building close to 200 hundred workforce units. Under HDCA rules, a family of four making between $86- 12o- thousand dollars could qualify to buy them. The workforce definition is a middle class between luxury and affordable units. Frank Mola 30:00-30:06 - "What ever the decision we will accept, but we will be back," But opponents out numbered supporters three to one. They complained about blocked views and buildings packed too tightly together.. And HCDA staff sided with them... giving the thumbs down on the height and setback exemptions Mola asked for. It determined that allowing him to exceed the 65- foot height limit--going up to 250 feet would NOT enhance the area, nor advance the authority's goals. - tape 1 Tony 13:50-13:55 "Our reccomendation is to deny the applicant permission for the development permit," The HCDA board agreed. Opponents who maintained the proposed project was too big for the space, hailed the board's decision. They had feared that the project was a done- =deal. - Pam Wood 35: 52- 35:51 - "We were listened to. Here we are the day before the Fourth of July and the process worked. That is very gratifying." - Scott Saiki 41:07-41;13 - This would not have been a good project to start this area off with so I think the right decision was made today," The developer has until July 15th to decide whether he will appeal the board decision or modify his project. This is believed to be the first time the HCDA board has shot down a highrise project. There were six board members on hand for today's vote. Three of the HCDA members weren't there today. Back to you.