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State briefs for November 24

Trump’s stop costs city nearly $141,000

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Honolulu cost the city $140,776.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived Nov. 3 and spent less than 24 hours on the island before departing for Asia.

Various city departments worked with the Secret Service to ensure their safety. The Honolulu Police Department bore the largest share of overtime at more than $100,000.

That was followed by the Department of Facility Maintenance at more than $14,600, the Honolulu Fire Department at more than $5,000 and the Department of Parks and Recreation at about $3,800.

The city also spent more than $9,000 on third-party costs on traffic control devices such as concrete barriers.

Since the president’s visit was not designated as a National Special Security Event by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the city does not expect to be reimbursed for the costs associated with the overnight visit.

Ward Village developer sues contractor

HONOLULU (AP) — The developer of a luxurious residential high-rise tower in Honolulu filed a lawsuit against a general contractor, saying the building isn’t finished despite some residents moving in nearly a year ago.

Developer Howard Hughes Corp. filed suit Tuesday against Waiea general contractor Nordic PCL Construction, saying the more than $300 million tower has voluminous deficiencies.

Nordic denies the allegations and said it will defend itself in court.

Mike Betz, Nordic’s district manager, said Hughes Corp. filed the lawsuit because Nordic threatened to place a lien on the tower after not receiving payments it claims are almost a year overdue.

Hughes Corp. said in a statement Tuesday that it wanted to handle the dispute privately but needed to file the lawsuit to protect itself and Waiea homeowners. Hughes Corp. is seeking damages in excess of $75 million.

Waiea is the first of 16 towers Hughes Corp. intends to develop at Ward Village under a master plan to turn 60 acres of mainly retail and industrial space into a residential community with up to 4,300 homes and 1 million square feet of retail space.

 

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