State officials break ground on Hawaii's first affordable micro-housing unit

Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 at 3:48 PM HST
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KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - State officials made the first step toward the completion of Hawaii's first affordable micro-housing complex with a ground breaking ceremony in Kakaako on Thursday.

The new affordable housing units will be in a 14-story tower on a 9,660 square-foot parcel of state land on Cooke Street.

Dubbed Nohona Hale, the affordable housing complex will feature units that are about 300 square-feet, and will be the first micro-affordable housing unit of its kind in Hawaii.

The Bronx Pro Group, Swinnerton Builders and EAH Housing are partnering to construct and manage the $27 million project.

Several state officials including Gov. David Ige and representatives from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.

"This project advances our commitment to creating more affordable housing and more walkable, livable communities at prices that our families can afford," Ige said, in a news release.

Nohona Hale will have 110 rental units, with proposed rents ranging from $500 to $995 a month, for qualified applicants.

"This is another great example of what public-private partnerships can do as we create new and innovative ways to build more affordable homes and rentals for our families across the state," Ige said.

The project is slated to be completed in January 2020.

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