Real estate developer Howard Hughes has unveiled revised plans to redevelop 60-acre Ward Centers in Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, Hawaii, US, into an urban master planned community called Ward Village.
Ward Village will feature retail facilities, residences, affordable housing, open spaces, pedestrian-friendly streets and high-rise residential towers with a mauka-makai (mountain-ocean) orientation.
Howard Hughes had signed a development agreement with the Hawaii Community Development Authority in January 2011 for 9.3 million ft² of mixed-use development space called Ward Neighborhood.
The mixed-use development will feature over 4,000 residential units and more than one million ft² of retail as well as other commercial space.
Howard Hughes said that new buildings along Ala Moana Boulevard will be pulled back from the street to provide space for landscape and water features.
Sustainable design strategies of Ward Village will reduce energy and water use, the developer said.
Under the plans, the developer will build two mixed-use residential towers with one tower dedicated for housing.
Plans also include the renovation of the IBM building, a portion of which will serve as the information and sales centre for Ward Village.
In September 2012, Howard Hughes revealed that Pier 1 Imports and Nordstrom Rack are relocating to the second phase of the Ward Village Shops, currently under construction, which will allow development of a mixed-use tower on the block currently occupied by Pier 1 Imports.
A second tower is planned on the parking lot across from Ward Entertainment Center facing Ala Moana Boulevard.
The reserved housing project will be located at the Mauka-Ewa (north-west) corner of Ward Avenue and Halekauwila Street.
Upon completion, Ward Village will double its retail, dining and entertainment space with new shops and restaurants.
Howard Hughes expects to break ground on the first phase in 2014 and complete in 2016.
Image: Ward Village will feature retail facilities, residences, affordable housing, open spaces and high-rise residential towers. Photo: Business Wire.