The association of apartment owners at Royal Capital Plaza in Kakaako is pushing forward with its legal fight to stop a second tower at 801 South St.

The group petitioned the Hawaii Community Development Authority on Wednesday to overturn its decision to approve 801 South St. Tower B.

The agency gave the go-ahead to the new tower in December despite resistance from neighbors who are worried about their views being blocked and about the tower’s impact on traffic and sewer capacity.

The HCDA Kakaako board didn’t issue a decision on the Royal Capital Plaza apartment association’s petition on Wednesday. The group went ahead and filed a motion for declaratory and preliminary injunctive relief that day, claiming numerous violations of the HCDA’s rules. 

The group initially took the issue to court back in March. Residents of One Waterfront Towers in Kakaako are also suing the HCDA over the approval of a project known as The Collection. 

The lawsuits are part of growing resistance on the part of some Kakaako residents to booming construction in the urban district, which the state has carved out for revitalization and development. 

Click here to read the motion and accompanying exhibits.

Read Civil Beat’s latest coverage of Kakaako: Legislative Changes Aren’t Slowing the Pace of Kakaako Development

Photo: Construction at 801 South St. Tower A in Kakaako on May 7, 2014. A second tower, known as 801 South St. Tower B, is also planned, but has been hotly contested by residents of the neighboring Royal Capital Plaza. (Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat) 

— Anita Hofschneider 

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