The Northern Marianas Housing Corp. will seek at least three quotations for office space rentals for its Tinian Field Office, said corporate director Jesse Palacios.
Palacios made the decision during Thursday's meeting wherein he informed the board about the Commonwealth Development Authority's plan to close down their Tinian field office.
“We've been contacted by CDA that their Tinian office will be closing,” Palacios told the board. Of the seven board members, only Diego M. Songao of Rota was absent and excused from the meeting.
NMHC shares its Tinian field office with CDA at King's Building in San Jose, Tinian.
NMHC is a subsidiary of CDA and both agencies have the same board composition.
Palacios disclosed that CDA wants to give the landlord a 30-day notice before terminating its office lease by Nov. 30.
According to Palacios, NMHC and CDA both pay for $624 on a monthly basis for the Tinian office. The fee is inclusive of the office rent, utilities, and equipment rental.
He said that once CDA Tinian office closes down, NMHC will have to pay the entire $1,248 per month or close to $15,000 a year to maintain its Tinian office.
Edwin P. Aldan, Tinian board representative, described the office space as twice the size of the conference room at the NMHC office in Garapan.
Aldan said the office is also used by NMHC as a storage space for furniture, appliances, plywood, and other materials owned by the agency.
“If it's only for NMHC to occupy, it's too big,” said Palacios.
Board chair Marcie M. Tomokane instructed Palacios to recommend to the board whether or not NMHC will keep the same office space for the Tinian field office, to which Palacios replied that he would seek lease quotations to compare rates.
Tomokane also recommended that CDA's contract on equipment rental and fax line be transferred to NMHC in the event the former decides to shut down its office.