Public can weigh in before Blaisdell design phase start

Question: Are they going ahead with the Blaisdell redevelopment? I heard a lot about it last summer, then nothing.

Answer: Yes. The Blaisdell Center Master Plan is now in the conceptual design phase, having completed a feasibility study, two public meetings, a site assessment and outreach to various stakeholders since 2014, among other steps, according to a timeline on the project’s website.

There will be one more public meeting before the project moves into the actual design phase. Set for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Pikake Room at the Blaisdell complex, it is described as “the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on the Master Plan for the over 50-year-old campus before the project moves into the design phase.”

As for what the entertainment complex along Ward Avenue between Kapiolani Boulevard and King Street might look like, the current conceptual design would “replace the Exhibition Hall and maintain the Concert Hall and Arena with renovations in each. Additions to the campus include a new Sports Pavilion, Halau/Arts Ensemble, and Performance Hall in addition to new public spaces,” according to the city website

The city’s cost is estimated at $400 million to $500 million, raised primarily through bonds.


Source: Star-Advertiser, October 31, 2017. Original article here.

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