Highridge Costa set to break ground on mixed-use community in Hawaii, US

WCN Editorial Team 26 Jul 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

US-based Highridge Costa is set to commence construction on the second phase of the $130m (£105m) Kulana Hale mixed-use affordable senior and multifamily apartment community in Kapolei in Honolulu County, Hawaii.

The firm will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on 28 August for the Kulana Hale Phase II development, which will feature a 13-storey tower with approximately 2,300ft² of ground-floor retail space and 143 affordable units for low-income families.

The tower is planned to be built over a two-level concrete podium structure, which will be connected to the first phase to form a larger parking structure and podium deck.

Claimed to be one of the first high-rise residential projects in Kapolei, Kulana Hale Phases I and II will offer housing for seniors, with a total of 154 affordable apartment units.

The Kulana Hale project is being developed in three phases on a single three-acre block with the first two phases being built to a LEED equivalent standard. It is located at 1020 Wakea Street.

With support from non-profit Hawaiian Community Development Board, the project is being developed by Highridge Costa, and Coastal Rim Properties, which is owned by Franco Mola.

Coastal Rim Properties president and owner Franco Mola said: “It has been a long journey, and I would like to thank our partners, specifically, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation and the Department of Planning and Permitting, for all their efforts to help process and approve this complex project.”

SVA Architects designed the project, which is being built by Hawaiian Dredging Construction.

Highridge Costa president and CEO Michael Costa said: “Kulana Hale will enrich the lives of future residents living with low and very low incomes while being an asset that both the State of Hawaii and Highridge Costa will be proud of for years to come.”

Hawaii Governor David Ige said: “My administration has been working hard to expand affordable rental housing options across the state for seniors and families who struggle to find homes they can afford.

“Kulana Hale is a great example of using state funding to attract private investment in our communities.”

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Image: Illustration of the Kulana Hale mixed-use senior and multifamily apartment community in Hawaii. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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