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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kakaako plan offers vision of a ‘livable’ community

While there are definite advantages to living away from the urban core, an agonizing morning commute generally isn’t one of them.

Honolulu’s traffic consistently ranks among the worst in the nation, prompting a demand for solutions, like high-speed rail, and options, such as livable communities.

But what makes one community more livable than another? You can attend a Hawaii Community Development Authority open house on Thursday to find out.

Development plans unveiled last week by HCDA reveal the agency’s vision for turning Kakaako into a “compact, walkable and livable” community. Highlights from the plan include new high-rises – combining a mix of market price and affordable residences–along with parks, shops, office space and a revamped Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

The proposal also looks at what’s currently missing from Kakaako, adding in a full-service grocery store and possibly hotels.

The idea is to create a pedestrian neighborhood where people can walk, bike or use public transportation for work, shopping and recreation. Since Kakaako is at the end of an upcoming elevated rail line, the plan also looks ahead to completion of the tracks with transit-oriented development proposals that offer recreation and retail options near transit centers.

An environmental impact statement is needed to determine if the plan can move forward. Public input is part of that review process.

Do the plans represent a Kakaako you would want to live in?

To see HCDA’s transit oriented development overlay plan, visit dbedt.hawaii.gov.

To find out more, attend HCDA’s two-hour open house at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 461 Cooke Street.

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Permalink

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Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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