Kaka'ako agency poised to vote on 803 Waimanu high-riseUPDATED 7:43 PM HST Jun 05, 2013Video Transcript
It's a snapshot of what's to come. Part of the growing pains of a planned 3rd city. KITV4's Catherine Cruz is keeping watch on the latest developments in Kakaakao. She has the latest fireworks over a project known as "803 Waimanu." The exemptions for the Central Kakaako highrise would allow the developer to build a tower up three times the current 65 foot height limit. Opponents who live in the Imperial Plaza complex say the project is too big for such a small space. - Isaac Smyth 23:50 - 24:01 -"This project is a nightmare. I would not even want to run tower crane on this project. It is so tight there is no laydown. It is going to be a very dangerous situation," Developer Franco Mola says he is asking for exemptions for density and height in exchange for building 192 affordable units. The next door neighbors fear their breezes and views will be blocked. And shade could be a problem for the solar system for this next door business. - Clara Morikawa - 9:22 - 9:32 - "Anyone can understand a few minor exemptions but when the requests are for so many variances and huge adjustments that it seems obviously not suitable for the size of the property," Mola met with his potential neighbors and offered to make some concessions.... BUT not enough to appease the residents. - Frank Mola 30 26-30-:34 -"We reduced some floors. We reduced some parking but the reality is that's not their interest. Their interest is not having a building next to them." Mola also countered the opposition with some 400 signatures on a petition in support of workforce housing. And others turned out to appeal for an option to commuting. Lia Powers 28: 31 - 28:42 -"It's important that young families are able to live in town in Honolulu Right now the only affordable places are on the other side of the island and my husband leaves before we get up and gets home after my baby goes to bed," Area lawmakers asked for advance notice and more opportunity for public input. Their message: proceed with caution. - Gerald Chun 13: 54-14:01 -"You will be establishing a bad precedent and you will be opening a gate of hell in Kakakao," - 39: 24-39:34 --This project which is on this half acre lot will have one final public hearing before the board makes a decision next month" cc 4 news That meeting is set for July 3rd, at 9.a.m.