HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu officials have approved plans for a 400-foot-tall condominium-hotel tower to be built across from the Hawaii Convention Center.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the City Council voted Wednesday in support of Manaolana Partners' proposal for the 36-story building. The company plans to build more than 230 residential and visitor units along with a street-level commercial plaza.
The developer has agreed to include an affordable housing component in exchange for greater density of the structure and fewer restrictions. But housing advocates have said there needs to be more than the 20 affordable units included in the project.
Councilman Trevor Ozawa says the development will provide 540 full-time jobs each year of construction and 250 full-time jobs once the building is finished.
Construction is expected to start next year.