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690 Pohukaina, Hawaii’s Tallest Building

All the buzz around the office is about the Governor’s Housing Plan for Kakaako. The plan is pretty simple, build a 650-foot Honolulu Skyscraper in Kakaako at 690 Pohukaina. Ok, it’s not that simple, the plan actually involves more than one building, but the focus seems to be on the one building because it would take the title of Hawaii’s Tallest Building away from the First Hawaiian Center.

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The above rendering shows the plan for 690 Pohukaina.

Details seem to be a little different from news source to news source. Some articles say the plan is to have two residential towers, while some say two residential towers plus the 650-foot tower. Commercial buildings, parking structure, and civic-commercial center are also in the plans.

Pacific Business News – Kakaako project would include Hawaii’s tallest building

Here is an excerpt from Pacific Business News

The state plans to issue a request for proposals in January for a developer to build two residential towers in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood, one of which would be the tallest building in Hawaii.

The plans for 690 Pohukaina call for one tower with 300 affordable for-sale units and a second tower with 500 market-priced units. The second tower would be 650 feet high, nearly 250 feet taller than the First Hawaiian Center.

The project is slated for a parcel at 690 Pohukaina St., adjacent to developer Stanford Carr’s planned Halekauwila Place project, which is scheduled to break ground next year on 204 affordable rentals.

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Associated Press – $500M project to include Hawaii’s tallest tower

A $500-million planned development project calls for erecting a 650-foot Honolulu skyscraper that would be taller than any building in the state.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority will begin soliciting proposals to build a mixed-use development in Honolulu’s Kakaako area that will include affordable housing and market-rate condos.

The development will include the high-rise, two smaller residential and commercial buildings, a parking structure and a civic-commercial center. Currently the tallest building is downtown Honolulu’s 430-foot First Hawaiian Center.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the project, 690 Pohukaina, is an answer to urban sprawl. The project would be near 61 bus routes and a station along the city’s planned rail route.

“690 Pohukaina will offer increased value because of its height and density as well as the mixed-used approach that takes advantage of its location,” Abercrombie said. “This project is about enhancing the way we live. Sustainable urban density is the future.”

The first phase — 204 affordable rental units — will break ground in February. The affordable housing will allow a family of four earning $80,000 to $100,000 a year to rent a three-bedroom unit for $1,400. The second phase is a mix of 300 affordable housing units and 500 market-price units. Residential units range from studios to three-bedrooms. Estimated completion of the development is 2019.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority, which voted Wednesday to proceed with the project on state-owned land, estimates it will infuse $500 million into the state’s economy over the next seven years and generate 1,500 jobs.

“A project like this, works for everyone,” said Anthony Ching, the authority’s executive director. “This will not just be a high-rise; it offers opportunities for a community to interact.”

Story from the Associated Press

Star Advertiser – Lofty Vision

A private developer would get the chance to erect the tallest high-rise in Hawaii and sell market-rate condominiums as an incentive to build a project in Kakaako that would also provide affordable housing and commercial, civic and community office space near Honolulu’s planned rail line.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority voted Wednesday to proceed with 690 Pohukaina, a $500 million mixed-use, transit-oriented development on state-owned land next to Mother Waldron Park. Login for more…