Nearly 50 guests attended Saipan Comfort Homes’ groundbreaking ceremony last April 5. Among the attendees were Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres, Mayor David M. Apatang, Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Black Construction senior vice president and general manager Leonard Kaae, Northern Marianas Housing Corp. acting executive director Zenie P. Mafnas, and Northern Marianas College interim president David Attao.
The need for more affordable housing in the area was echoed throughout the event speeches. Mafnas stated, “NMHC does recognize the demand for housing in the CNMI is great, most especially after the devastation that Typhoon Soudelor caused to many homes. With LITHC projects such as this, CNMI families are able to rebuild their lives and the new, value-added housing units will contribute to the economic and social well-being of the entire CNMI.”
The topping off ceremony is set for October 2016 with the units ready for tenants in February 2017.
This is not the first affordable housing development undertaken by Triple J Enterprises. Sandy Beach Homes was complete in 2011 and continues to have 100 percent full occupancy with a waiting list. The completion of Saipan Comfort Homes will help fill the current demand for high-quality, affordable housing. Two-bedroom/bathroom rental units for Saipan Comfort Homes will start at $640.