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Blaisdell redevelopment potential for small business retail?

View from the back of the Blaisdell Concert Hall, which is one of the buildings in the Blaisdell Center Complex
View from the back of the Blaisdell Concert Hall, which is one of the buildings in the Blaisdell Center Complex
Theodene S Allen

The Blaisdell Center Complex in Honolulu did its groundbreaking back in 1964. It seems there is talk about a redevelopment, which will potentially include retail space. Pacific Business News reported yesterday about how this space could revitalize the area, which includes Thomas Square Park, McKinley High School, and the Could this be an opportunity for small business to get a stake in one of these retail spaces?

With the current state of the Blaisdell Center Complex being 50 years old already, a redevelopment of the area is under discussion. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is discussing such a matter with the Urban Land Institute with hopes to redevelop the Blaisdell Center Complex for the next 50 years. The intent is to continue bringing in entertainment from popular singers, like Bruno Mars, to sports entertainment, like the Harlem Globetrotters.

This Blaisdell Center Complex falls under the same jurisdiction as the Kaka’ako district, a redevelopment under the Hawaii Community Development Authority. The Kaka’ako district has already undergone much redevelopment projects and there are many other projects in the works as well as projected in Honolulu.

This potential redevelopment at the Blaisdell Center Complex is slated to have retail space that includes a grocery store and other businesses to reflect this cultural and art district. Although these plans are not yet set in stone, it is a possibility for the area for small businesses to get into the space and flourish with all the shows and programs that take place at the Blaisdell Center Complex.