The city Department of Planning and Permitting on Tuesday gave conditional approval to a controversial condominium-hotel project in Waikiki, ordering its developers to make significant design changes to “soften the appearance of the tower and reduce its apparent mass” before they can proceed.
“The resulting Kuhio Avenue facade as currently proposed presents itself as a monolith,” according to the DPP order signed by Director Designate George Atta. “Its appearance is characterized by many in the community who commented on the project as a ‘wall.’ These characterizations are not undeserved,” according to the order.
To see that the DPP is requiring revisions and that they are concerned about the huge mass of the building, the Hawaiiana, the openness of the area, the wind and sunlight effects, is encouraging for many, but we should wait for the details.
The DPP points out that the WSDD Guidelines are not mandates, but just guidelines. We are all aware of that. And with so many laws in our country, many hope that we don’t need more laws, but that guidelines can carry enough weight to promote development that results in a win, win, win for everyone.
We are hopeful that the revisions by the developer will result in a narrower, less wall-like tower, with more Hawaiian Sense of Place, openness, social gathering areas, aesthetically pleasing appearance, etc.
Mahalo to everyone who voiced their concerns.