Firm willing to give $300,000 for road pavement


American Sinopan LLC, a company that wants to build 12 villas and a clubhouse on Capital Hill—on top of their investment to renovate the old Magellan Hotel—is willing to donate $300,000 to have the road leading to the project’s location paved.

With that $300,000 and the $700,000 that they plan to donate to improve the water supply to the surrounding areas, this will bring the company’s planned community contribution to $1 million, according to American Sinopan LLC chief executive officer Ken Lin.

In an interview with Saipan Tribune, Lin said they promised last year during the public hearing for their Heaven II Resort project on Capital Hill to help improve the road.

He said the road to the area used to be riddled with potholes. In the past two months, he said, American Sinopan has been putting base materials as their initiative to fill the potholes, making it easier for residents to drive on the road.

Lin said that once they are done with the 12 villas and clubhouse project, American Sinopan is committed to helping the Department of Public Works and the Saipan Mayor’s Office pave the road. He said it is not advisable to pave the road while construction for the project is ongoing because trucks will be going back and forth and this may damage the road.

However, once the project is done after 24 months, American Sinopan will then work with the DPW and the mayor’s office to pave the road, Lin said. He said their target is to pave 3,160 linear feet; by calculating only the pavement itself, this will cost them $300,000.

Lin said there are many other factors to consider such as drainage, storm water, and other things.

With the $1 million donation, the company plans to ask the government for a waiver on its 2 percent developer’s tax.

Lin earlier disclosed that their company is willing to donate $700,000 so that the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. can build a bigger water pipe—and thereby improve the water supply—in that area.

Last June, American Sinopan held a small groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its project on Sapan, the Saipan Garden Resort in Tanapag.

American Sinopan’s mother company, SinoPan, is based in Shanghai.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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