Squeez­ing into a (new) af­ford­able apart­ment

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

View­ers of “tiny home” TV shows rou­tinely marvel at the cre­ative uses of space that al­low res­i­dents of such homes to live com­fort­ably. Ver­sa­tile, multi-use fur­ni­ture and fix­tures are must-haves.

Now, com­pact liv­ing will be com­ing to Kakaako, with this week’s ap­proval of the No­hona Hale tower squeez­ing into a 10,409-square-foot lot. The 14-story high-rise will con­tain 107 stu­dios, each about 300 square feet small, plus a 40-square-foot lanai. The project is due in three years, is gov­ern­ment-fi­nanced to the tune of $50 mil­lion and aims to be truly af­ford­able. Units will be rented to those earn­ing no more than 60 per­cent of Honolulu’s an­nual me­dian in­come: that works out to $42,240 for an in­di­vid­ual, or $48,240 for a cou­ple — two skinny peo­ple, prob­a­bly, given the space.

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