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Proposed state rules could alter Honolulu skyline

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HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu's skyline could dramatically change through a state agency's proposed rules to raise the 400-foot limit on buildings.

Some environmental groups tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/t8UDne) they're concerned that if the Hawaii Community Development Agency gets its way, iconic focal points such as Diamond Head and the Aloha Tower will be dwarfed.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie last week announced a development that includes a 650-foot residential tower. Currently, the tallest building in the state is downtown's First Hawaiian Center, which stands at 430 feet.

Anthony Ching, the development agency's executive director, says the increased height limit is being proposed as a way to create more affordable housing while taking advantage of nearby mass-transit stations. Three hundred of the 800 units in the Kakaako project would be affordable.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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