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Affordability of 'affordable units' at a proposed Honolulu high rise questioned

A local union is questioning if upcoming units deemed affordable are in-line with city codes. (Image: File Library) A local union is questioning if upcoming units deemed affordable are in-line with city codes. (Image: File Library)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A local union is raising concerns about affordable housing units in a proposed Honolulu development.

The Star Advertiser reports two high-rises are planned for Sky Ala Moana, one with 90 affordable housing units.

It's set to be built at Kapiolani Boulevard and Keeaumoku Street, but Unite Here Local 5 says 31 of the affordable units are for those making up to 140 percent of the area median income.

That's 20 percent higher than a new city definition of affordable units.

Union members worry that the income requirement reduces the number of proposed affordable units.

Developer Avalon Group is also seeking a permit to build higher than what's currently allowed.

The city must submit its recommendation on the permit to the city council by August.

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