Imagine a hotel rising on the edge of Honolulu's waterfront.
That is an option under a state plan that was approved by the Aloha Tower Development Corporation Tuesday.
The plan leaves open the door for the possible redevelopment of Piers five and six for mixed use commercial, educational and residential uses. That includes a hotel.
Part of the area is now being used as a parking lot by Hawaii Pacific University as well as a loading area for a commercial catamaran.
The plan would require any proposals to come back before the Aloha Tower Corporation for review. The corporation is made up of three governor appointees and does not meet regularly.
Area lawmakers say they will be scrutinizing any plans to make sure there is proper public review and protection of view planes.
"It's going to have to undergo a proper environmental assessment as well as a lot of community input and I expect that organization follow through to involve the community. If it doesn't, the legislature will certainly be involved," said Rep. Tom Brower.
The corporation gave the green light for HPU to proceed with its $45 million overhaul of the Aloha Tower marketplace too.
Roof repairs have been underway and need to be complete before crews can renovate the second floor. The area is being transformed into lofts for HPU students which should be ready next fall.