Investments on Capital Hill should be on private lands, says lawmaker


Another hotel is expected to rise along a swath of private land on Capital Hill.



The Commonwealth Zoning Board announced last month that it has permitted Saipan International Real Estate Development Corp., which operates Ocean Vista Resort, to operate the resort.

The resort is planned to be built along Isa Drive.

Rep. Joseph Lee Pan Guerrero (R-Saipan), chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism, who attended the Zoning Board hearing, said he is in favor of the new investment.

“As long as it’s on private land, these new investors are welcome,” Guerrero said. “Capital Hill, in my opinion, is attractive for one reason—the view.”

Guerrero said the area in which Vista Resort is expected to be constructed is “beneficial for the landowner, and did not encompass public land.”

He said there was a comment from the landowner adjacent to the proposed site at the public hearing. “The neighboring landowner did complain of possible sound and noise pollution,” Guerrero said.

He said, however, that this should not stop investors, and that there should be a balance and that the best interest of the majority should be considered.

The possible complaints, he said, are all noted.

Department of Public Lands Secretary Pete Tenorio earlier said two groups of investors are proposing to build two projects on Capital Hill: a cultural center and a small, 60-room hotel.

The other details of the proposals, however, remain under wraps pending a review.

One of the investors is a local, joint venture company, while the other is a foreign-owned corporation, but with a local office in the CNMI. One of the companies already submitted a project proposal for the small hotel that is now with DPL.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
Joel Pinaroc worked for a number of newspapers in the Philippines before joining the editorial team of Saipan Tribune. His published articles include stories on information technology, travel and lifestyle, and motoring, among others. Contact him at

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