President's Message (Astrid Monson)
National League Acts on Campaign Finance Reform
Planning and Zoning (Astrid Monson)
Con Con (Jean Aoki)
Planning and Zoning
Post Office Development
Two new issues have recently emerged. One is a proposal to redevelop the old Federal Post Office Building at King and Richards Streets and the whole block it is on with a 300,000 sq. ft. five-story "Galleria Boutique Shopping Center" containing 120 or more "High end boutiques occupying 150,000 sq. ft., a 14-theatre multiplex movie theatre on the top floor, a wedding chapel. a 10-restaurant food court, and three levels of parking below ground. The developer was said to have a 65-year lease from the U.S. Post Office and to be claiming that since the land was owned by the U.S. Government they did not need to comply with State or local regulations. Since the site is in the Historic Precinct of the Capitol District, which has all kinds of special requirements before a historic structure can be altered, modified, repaired, or redeveloped, Jean King organized a small group to look into what could be done. As of today this has been brought to the attention of appropriate people at National, State and County levels and it looks as if it will hardly be possible for construction to start in April, as advertised.
The other interesting proposal is a Bill 667 HD-2 which passed the State House and is now before the Senate. Entitled "Relating to Tourism", it proposes to promote building of a rail "people mover" elevated 30 ft., to run from Kapahulu, through Waikiki, to the Ala Moana Center, Kakaako, and Aloha Tower marketplace, the Airport and "other areas," to be privately financed and operated. though nobody seems to think this is viable, we sent in a statement urging the Senate to file this bill.
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