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Live and Play in Aiea

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A busy part of Aiea is about to get even busier as a major development is about to get underway at the old Kam Drive-In site.

The “Live, Work, Play Aiea” project will be 14 acres of condos, offices, restaurants and retail shops.

If everything goes as planned, it will also be the first development to be built around the rail system.

“I think it’s a really signifcant project for the folks who live on this island,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, “specifically those who live here and are looking for marketplace housing close to a transit station and close to downtown.”

The $766-million project will contain 1,500 residential units and offer 30 percent of those units as affordable housing.

“This is true affordability,” Caldwell said. “Those people that are hanging on by their fingernails, are living off of the minimum wage (and) barely able to make ends meet, can find housing now.”

George Atta, Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting, said there will be improvements to roadways to accommodate the increase in population.

“We have done a Traffic Impact Analysis Report,” Atta said. “We are doing road widening on Moanalua and Kaonohi along with some other improvements.”

With the “Live, Work, Play Aiea” project slated to break ground in about a year, the development is also being built to work hand-in-hand with rail.

“From what we hear from folks, there is strong interest in riding it,” said Harrison Rue, administrator for the Transit-Oriented Development program. “More important is the interest in making the Aiea/Pearl City area more walkable, so you can walk or maybe ride your bike.”

The rail transit station will be located one block makai from the development.

The hope is that all the options — TheBus, rail, walking and biking — will keep cars off the road, and keep traffic to a minimum.

Author: Ryan Riggins (RA)

Ryan started building his businesses at the age of 18, and he hasn't stopped since. He is a successful Real Estate Agent and Investor. He not only has rehabbed properties, but also holds properties as rentals. Ryan has made money by building his real estate investment business, learning on his own, and finding mentors willing to share their knowledge with him. Ryan is a true Entrepreneur. When Ryan Riggins found himself making a change to Real Estate in 2006, he looked back to his first open house at the age of seven with his Mentor/Broker and father John Riggins. In 2006 Ryan was living in Ohio, he realized it was time for a change. He packed up and moved to Port Lavaca, Texas. He literally rolled into town on his last tank of gas, and lived in a old burger joint, and knew he needed to come up with money to pay his Mortgage. Ryan teamed up with his father and started rehabbing Mobile Homes. Ryan kept working until he had put systems in place for all phases of the business. He has a system for finding properties, to finding contractors for remodeling Flipping and Renting. Ryan continues to works as a Realtor with his father John Riggins as his broker and Rehabbing homes, doing about 4 deals a month. This is his passion. He loves the adrenalin rush, and yes Rehabbing can be a little stressful. In fact, Ryan says: "You've got to have ice water running through your veins." In the course of Rehabbing, Ryan manages to beautify his properties, and the surrounding neighborhoods one step at a time. Ryan enjoys helping others Build Wealth through Real Estate. Whether it be the first time home buyer or the experienced investor or helping distressed home owners sell to avoid Foreclosure. To Ryan its all about building life long friendships.

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