Residents of the Imperial Plaza high-rise condominiums are concerned that the apartment development at 803 Waimanu is too close for comfort.
Plenty of Kakaako residents are ready to battle to the end over concerns they have over traffic and proximity to the new project.
"It's a first down, 10 yards away from my lanai. My living room, my bedroom are looking right into their living room and bedroom," said Imperial Plaza resident Eddie Johnson.
Johnson said even though the developer has reduced the number of planned units, the new mid-rise will still disturb neighborhood traffic.
"They're still within the rules. But my hopes was that they use some discretion to perhaps have a smaller building be constructed," Johnson said.
With community input and recommendations from the Hawaii Community Development Authority, MJF Development shrunk the height from 27 stories down to seven with 153 workforce units.
It is planned as a mix of middle class, luxury and affordable units.
"We've decided that we would comport with the rules and work with what we have as exemptions. And obviously there's a loss of workforce housing," said Franco Mola, with MJF.
Mola said the development will enhance an already active neighborhood.
"The more residents we get to live in this area, they will really activate the whole retail, restaurant, night scene as well as making it a safer place to live," said Mola.
The HCDA recommended that MJF Developers add a one-way out of the parking garage on Kawaiahao Street and one-way in on Waimanu Street.
Construction will start this summer and last 12 months.