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Local Connection: Kakaako's Future

By: Rick Blangiardi

The future of Kaka'ako was on display this month when the Howard Hughes corp. unveiled its plans to transform the Ward centers into something much greater than it is now....the plan, which grew out of the 2008 general growth proposal, has the Ward centers areas dotted with 22 new towers, three of which would break ground in 2014.... just those three residential towers alone, plus the refurbishment of the IBM building, would be a $1.25 billion project and create 9,000 jobs directly or indirectly.

The towers would include 4,300 residential units, many of them in the affordable range...the 60 acres of retail and industrial space then take on a second phase over the next 15 years that would totally remake the Ward centers area, including almost everything that is there now. 

So far, the plan has drawn mostly positive reviews although there are many issues that need to be resolved before final approval...we would like to acknowledge the Hawaii Community Development authority because we believe they have done a good job of overseeing Kaka'ako's redevelopment.

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