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Old November 1st, 2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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HONOLULU | 690 Pohukaina | 200m | 650 ft | 70 fl | App



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690 Pohukaina, Honolulu Hawaii



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Height: 646.3 ft, 197.0m
Start: 2014
Completion: 2018-19
Status: Approved

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 | Posted by Jim Dooley

State Plans Towering Residential Skyscraper in Honolulu


Artist's Rendering of 690 Pohukaina Project

BY JIM DOOLEY - A soaring residential skyscraper that would tower over Honolulu’s highest buildings has been proposed by the state for development on Pohukaina Street in Kakaako.

The building could be as much as 650 feet high – more than 200 feet above the First Hawaiian Bank Center, which at 440 feet is the tallest structure in the Islands.

Called 690 Pohukaina, the project would also include two smaller residential and commercial towers as well as a parking structure and a civic/community center.

Governor Neil Abercrombie praised the proposed project, which won initial approval today from the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

“I think this project is tremendous,” Abercrombie told the HCDA board.

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Sited along the planned route of the Honolulu Rapid Transit line, the project is envisioned to be a “transit oriented development” that combines high-density residential and commercial structures with access to multiple forms of public transportation.

“This development will provide housing choices and opportunities for a variety of people and families,” said Abercrombie. “But the first thing 690 Pohukaina does is create jobs in construction and business sectors. This is a combination of growing our economy and the creation of a thriving community.”

An already-approved rental housing component of the project is scheduled to break ground early next year.

Ching of HCDA said the agency will seek private development proposals for the remainder of the project and hopes to see completion of construction by 2019.

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As envisioned, this will be Honolulu's tallest tower and the first of new taller towers under an amended height ordinance for the Kakaako District of Honolulu. More renderings and details as they emerge...
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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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BY JIM DOOLEY - A soaring residential skyscraper that would tower over Honolulu’s highest buildings has been proposed by the state for development on Pohukaina Street in Kakaako.

The building could be as much as 650 feet high – more than 200 feet above the First Hawaiian Bank Center, which at 440 feet is the tallest structure in the Islands.

Called 690 Pohukaina, the project would also include two smaller residential and commercial towers as well as a parking structure and a civic/community center.

Governor Neil Abercrombie praised the proposed project, which won initial approval today from the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

“I think this project is tremendous,” Abercrombie told the HCDA board.

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An already-approved rental housing component of the project is scheduled to break ground early next year.

Ching of HCDA said the agency will seek private development proposals for the remainder of the project and hopes to see completion of construction by 2019.


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Old March 16th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Wow. Great design!
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 02:58 AM   #4
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HONOLULU | 690 Pohukaina | 200m | 650ft | 70 fl | Pro

Two developers competing for Honolulu's next tallest:

OPTION 1: Lend Lease









For more information, see this PDF file




OPTION 2: Forest City:







For more information, see this PDF file
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 03:00 AM   #5
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oh wow nice surprise, but this should be in proposed skyscrapers
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 03:05 AM   #6
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oh wow nice surprise, but this should be in proposed skyscrapers
Thanks Filipe, I know, I made a mistake and created the thread in the wrong section. Hopefully a moderator will catch this and move it to the correct location.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 12:24 AM   #7
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2nd proposal looks nice.
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HONOLULU | 690 Pohukaina | 200m | 60 fl | Pro



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

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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.
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HONOLULU| 690 Pohukaina | 200m | 650ft | 70 fl | Pro

Two developers competing for Honolulu's next tallest:

OPTION 1: Lend Lease









For more information, see this PDF file




OPTION 2: Forest City:







For more information, see this PDF file
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Old November 15th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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Wow, all 3 proposals are stunning but I would vote for the first proposal by a tiny bit
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I think the forest city would be best taking into consideration its environment.
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Forest City Hawaii chosen to develop 690 Pohukaina project



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The Hawaii Community Development Authority on Thursday voted unanimously to select Forest City Hawaii to develop the $500 million 690 Pohukaina mixed-use project in Honolulu, which would include 800 affordable rental housing units. The nine-member board said it chose Forest City Hawaii’s plan because it presented less of a financial risk to the state by keeping the units as workforce rentals instead of selling them as condominiums, which is what the other finalist, Lend Lease, had proposed.

Additionally, the board said Forest City Hawaii — which has built or renovated thousands of military housing units at Navy and Marine Corps bases in Hawaii under a public-private partnership with the Defense Department — has the experience to develop the project. Lend Lease has a similar contract with the Pentagon for military housing at Hawaii’s Army and Air Force bases.

Jon Wallenstrom, president of Forest City Hawaii, says that rental housing does tend to de-risk things a bit because it is an institutional owner, which is able to finance things and do things differently. “We are very excited to bring [more] rental housing to Hawaii,” said Wallenstrom. “What clinched it for us, perhaps, was the need for rental housing in Hawaii.”

The project, which will be built on state land in Kakaako under a 65-year ground lease, may include Hawaii’s tallest building at 650 feet. The current height limit in Honolulu is 400 feet.

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Old December 20th, 2012, 04:56 AM   #13
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New design looks way better!
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Old December 21st, 2012, 01:02 AM   #14
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Nice .
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Old December 21st, 2012, 05:51 PM   #15
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Hmm, with that one render I don't know. I liked the other design more.
One design is exactly the Gas Company Building in Los Angeles.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 01:13 AM   #16
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I'd liked the old design more.
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I like Option 1. But it's sad to say that the islanders actually don't like urbanization, even the current generation.
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Is that floor count right? 70 flrs in a 650 ft building?
If that is right, the floors would have a very low ceiling height.
Generally though, the proposal looks very promising.
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Project to build tallest building in Hawaii still in limbo



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It’s been about a year since the developer of the 690 Pohukaina mixed-use project in Kakaako, which would be Hawaii’s tallest building at 650 feet, made any major moves.

In May 2013, Forest City Hawaii, which had been selected by the Hawaii Community Development Authority to develop the parcel on Pohukaina Street, announced that it had chosen Honolulu’s Nordic PCL Construction Inc. as the general contractor for the $500 million project. Additionally, Honolulu-based Ben Woo Architects LLC was chosen as its local architecture firm for the 800-unit rental project, which will include affordable and market-rate units.

Forest City Hawaii President Jon Wallenstrom has not returned several messages left by PBN. But the HCDA, which oversees the developer of the growing Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, told PBN, through a spokeswoman, that it has not yet received an application from Forest City for a development permit for the project.

Lindsey Doi, spokeswoman for the state agency, said that last she heard was that the developer was still working out financing and other issues. What’s more, is that given the passage this year of House Bill 1866(Act 61), which limits building heights in Kakaako to no higher than 418 feet, the project is still in the discussion phase between the state agency and the developer.

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NIMBYs Attack!

The local rules on height are still being pushed in spite of the state law allowing for taller buildings in Kaka'ako:

Forest City's plans for Kakaako's 690 Pohukaina may include a school



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Forest City's $500 million 690 Pohukaina mixed-use project in Honolulu's Kakaako neighborhood, one of the first projects out of the gate at the start of the current condominium boom, could include a public elementary school, the head of the state agency overseeing the redevelopment of the area told PBN.

Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, recently told PBN that the 690 Pohukaina project will include a mix of uses, including market-rate rentals, below market-rate rentals — and perhaps an educational component.

Ching declined to go more into detail regarding a school site at 690 Pohukaina, although the Kakaako area, which will gain thousands of new residents in at least a dozen or so condos being built in the coming years, will likely need more schools.

Seagulls Schools plans to build a new preschool campus in Kakaako near the intersection of Kelikoi and Cooke streets that may include kindergarten through third grade classes as well, as first reported by PBN. The "Kakaako First School" is expected to start construction in the middle of this year.

Linda Schatz, development manager for Forest City, recently told PBN that its 690 Pohukaina project, which at one time was to include the state's tallest building at 650 feet but will top out at 418 feet according to local laws, is still in the discussion phase with the HCDA.

"[We are] working things out with the HCDA," she said. "We want to get something done soon, like in a year."

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This sounds pretty indeterminate. The height regs predated 690 Pohukaina's plans so I wonder if there isn't some horse trading here to allow Forest City to get it back to full height. Otherwise, why would anyone have even bothered with a skyscraper?
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