Brookfield tops off 28-story Lilia Waikiki apartment project

Brookfield Properties and Nordic PCL Construction topped off the Lilia Waikiki rental tower on Monday with the final concrete pour on the 28-story tower.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2022, will have 401 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with sizes ranging from 437 square feet to 1,200 square feet. The mix also includes 38 affordable rentals and Brookfield plans to announce a lottery for those units in 2022.

Kris Hui, vice president of mixed-user development at Brookfield Properties, noted that the Lilia Waikiki project is one of the first all-rental projects built in Waikiki in recent years for local families. Brookfield, which broke ground on the tower in September 2019, completed the first phase of the project, 53 affordable rentals in three low-rise buildings across Kanekapolei Street.

“This topping off milestone is a celebration of the construction team, the design team and everybody coming together, the community,” Hui said in a video statement. “We’ve been in the community for about 18 months now making quite a bit of noise and whatnot but it signifies the structure has reached its highest point and we’ll be finishing up early next year, opening to residents and being able to put back the grocery store that was in this community for 60 years.”

The project includes 43,592 square feet of commercial space on the first two floors, including a 25,742-square-foot Food Pantry store on two floors that will be called Waikiki Market, which will replace the Food Pantry store that was previously on the site.

Glen Kaneshige, president of Nordic PCL Construction, said the topping off coincides with Hawaii’s reopening and getting past the Covid-19 pandemic. Construction was one of the industries deemed essential during the pandemic.

“Hitting the top is a huge milestone because it’s a crowning achievement of all the efforts of everybody involved working together. It’s a time for celebration. It’s a very good thing,” he said. “The logistics by itself are a huge challenge. And then you throw in Covid-19 on top of that it makes it a huge, huge challenge. So I’m very proud of our team for what they’ve done and how they overcame that to deliver the project to where it is today.”

Brookfield also donated $10,000 to the Waikiki Health Center to mark the topping off.

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