New mid-rise housing coming to Our Kaka‘ako

Block B renderingA new mid-rise project will be constructed in Kaka‘ako, adding some 183 housing units to the block bound by Auahi, Keawe and Pohukaina streets. The project is expected to break ground either late this year on early next year, and be completed in 2016.

The project — a collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii — includes a six-story building at 400 Keawe St. (developed by Castle & Cooke) with 75 market-priced and 20 workforce apartments. The apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, will be sold in the low-$400,000s to mid-$700,000s. The building includes 10,000-square-feet of commercial space and a walkable, open courtyard.

“Our residential units at 400 Keawe will provide new home ownership opportunities for working professionals who want to live in urban Honolulu, close to downtown and the future rail transit line,” Bruce Barrett, Executive Vice President of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, said in a prepared statement.

Block B - 3D View -For its part, Kamehameha Schools is developing the remainder of the 2.81-acre block, offering four floors of rental apartments and three levels of parking. The 88 residential units will include 40 studios, 16 one-bedrooms, 16 one-bedroomss plus dens, eight two-bedrooms, and eight three-bedrooms – all of which will be targeted toward middle-income renters. The two-story, 24,000-square foot building at 458 Keawe, formerly used by Alu Like, will be retained and used as commercial space.

The entire block will provide lots of open public space, with a 14,500-square foot plaza, bicycle posts, a doggie run, mid-block pedestrian passage and activated streetscapes. It will also serve as a public pathway to and from the future Honolulu rail transit station, located one block away on Halekauwila Street.