From the Kamehameha Schools Newsroom:
Kamehameha Schools is answering demand for workforce rental housing in urban Honolulu with the start of construction today on 54 studio and one-bedroom loft apartments at 680 Ala Moana Boulevard in Kakaako. The units will all be priced affordably for median-income workers.
In addition to close proximity to the downtown business district, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ala Moana Beach and nearby parks, building amenities will include a media room, lounge room for gatherings and a rooftop recreation deck.
Interior finishes include 12-foot ceilings, kitchen islands in one-bedroom units, full kitchens in studios and air conditioning and compact fluorescent lighting in all units.
Architects Hawaii Limited is the architect on the project. Allied Builders System is the general contractor, and award-winning interior designer Newman Garrison + Partners is coordinating interior finishes.
The building will also include 8,600 square feet of commercial space.
“We are incredibly proud of this project,” said Kamehameha Schools’ Director of Development Paul Kay. “680 Ala Moana exemplifies the kind of neighborhood we want Kaka‘ako to be. It will be vibrant and innovative with a uniquely local feel. It will be part of a neighborhood that everyone will be comfortable in.”
680 Ala Moana was formerly an office building. Its concrete exterior is being adapted and reused. Kamehameha Schools’ master plan for Kaka‘ako, which was approved by the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority in 2009, calls for a mix of housing types, including lofts, urban townhomes, work-live units, as well as high-rise condo units.
680 Ala Moana is the first project in Kamehameha’s 15-year master plan. Kamehameha has also announced construction of a 60,000-square foot retail center located directly behind 680 Ala Moana.
Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2012.