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Statement before the City Council - Convention Center
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League Testifies
Viewpoint - Convention Center
Letter to Gordon Lum (Ewa Roadway) (Arlene Ellis & Astrid Monson)
Aloha Motors Convention Center (Astrid Monson)
Ala Wai Convention Center
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Statement before the City Council - Convention Center

STATEMENT BEFORE THE POLICY COMMITTEE OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON 1/13/93, ON RESOLUTION 92-310 - OPPOSITION TO DEVELOPMENT OF CONVENTION CENTER COMPLEX AT THE FORMER ALOHA MOTORS SITE

Resolution 92-310 is an excellent summary of all the reasons we opposed the previous Council approval of the PRU application for the Aloha Motors site. Density, height and parking regulations were flouted. As the developers themselves state in their defense of the lawsuit brought against them by a number of community organizations, spot planning and zoning regulations were specifically tailored to meet their wishes.

We are glad this Council recognized the error the previous Council made, and are in accordance with the "whereas" clauses of Resolution 92-310. We must, however, point out that though we agree with the sentiments the Council expresses in the "BE IT RESOLVED" clauses, they have no force in law. They merely express your belated opposition to the complex as planned; your belief that if a convention center is built on the site, it should comply with the normal regulations for the site as originally zoned; and your desire that selected State and County officials and Neighborhood boards be informed of your current opinion.

This Resolution, cannot, however, rescind the legal right of the developer to build the project as previously approved by ordinance, complete with all the violations you site. Furthermore, since the approval runs with the land, any purchaser, partner or lessee of the site would have the same right.

If you agree with this Resolution we believe you should also cancel this right by ordinance and amend the Development Plan and the Land Use Ordinance back to what they were before the previous Council, by a 5/4 vote changed them. The longer you delay, the more costly the action implied in this resolution could be to the City, the State and all of us. At least two of the present Council were not members of the previous one. With those who oppose the original approval, you have the votes. We call upon you to exercise them.

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