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Highridge Costa to Break Ground on Multifamily Phase of Kulana Hale Project in Hawaii

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The second phase of Kulana Hale in Kapolei, Hawaii, will include a 13-story tower with 143 affordable apartments and 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space. (Rendering credit: SVA Architects)

KAPOLEI, HAWAII — Highridge Costa will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 28 for the second phase of the $130 million Kulana Hale mixed-use affordable seniors housing and multifamily apartment project located at 1020 Wakea St. in Kapolei.

Kulana Hale Phase II will feature a 13-story tower with 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 143 affordable apartments for low-income families. The second-phase tower will be built over a two-level concrete podium structure that will connect to the 154-unit first phase seniors housing tower to form a larger parking structure and podium deck. The third phase will include single-story retail space.

Los Angeles-based Highridge Costa and Honolulu-based Coastal Rim Properties, owned by Franco Mola, are developing Kulana Hale jointly with support from nonprofit Hawaiian Community Development Board. SVA Architects designed the project, which Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. is building.

The development’s second phase will be financed with a combination of tax-exempt bonds, tax credit equity and a $17.9 million Rental Housing Revolving Fund Loan from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. Citibank will be the construction lender and Royal Bank of Canada will be the tax credit investor.

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