Regulators cite Howard Hughes for former Sports Authority store usage


Honolulu regulators have cited The Howard Hughes Corp. for changing the use of its former Sports Authority store space on Ward Avenue in Kakaako without a building permit, according to public documents.
On Friday, the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting issued a notice of violation to the Texas-based developer for this building code violation.
The former Sports Authority store, which closed as part of the sporting goods retailer's bankruptcy proceedings, is now being used by a dance theater production company. Before that, it was being used as a space for arts and crafts.
The city said that the developer started work on that space at 333 Ward Ave. without first getting a building permit, and that occupancy of the building was changed from "mercantile" to "assembly" without first getting a certificate of occupancy. A building permit is required for the renovation and change in use of the building.
Hughes Hughes has until July 10 to get a permit to come into compliance with the city's rules, according to the notice of violation.
The former Sports Authority store space, which is located next to a Ross Dress for Less store, is owned by Howard Hughes. It's not known yet what long-term plans the developer has for this store.