Zoning approves two more projects

The CNMI Zoning board has approved the conditional applications for a bed-and-breakfast and a seven-story apartment complex along Beach Road.

Both projects were discussed in last Monday night’s board meeting at the Tanapag Middle School cafeteria but more focus was given to the plan of New Century Hotel LLC to convert the existing Sebastian building into a 48-room hotel.

The board, based on the recommendations of Zoning administrator Therese T. Ogumoro and her staff, gave all three projects the thumbs up.

Share View Travel Corp. plans to turn four existing structures into 18 units for a bed-and-breakfast in Gualo Rai that is zoned as village residential. The structures are two stories each and come with a maintenance building.

Share View is required to obey all regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over its project and to follow all CNMI tax laws, including Public Law 10-20, the CNMI hotel occupancy tax.

“[The] applicant shall ensure that its operation does not generate noise, odor, light, and dust that will affect the neighborhood. [They] shall [also] improve its parking area and designate clearly marked parking stalls in front of its establishment, which conforms to parking requirements of the Saipan zoning law of 2013,” said Ogumoro in her memorandum to the board.

Share View must also landscape its premises fronting the street and make sure that none of its clients are made to park vehicles on public streets.

“[Share View] shall keep its premises and immediate surrounding areas clean and free from trash, waste or debris, and shall screen any trash bins from public view,” Ogumoro wrote in her letter to the board.

Art Ridge, meanwhile, is proposing to build a seven-story apartment complex that will have 48 three-bedroom units, with their project classified as multifamily that is located near Triple J Motors along Beach Road.

Ogumoro and her staff, aside from the same recommendations on Share View, want Art Ridge to coordinate with the CNMI Department of Public Works to make sure proper material is used to improve Pumpkin Street, which fronts their planned project.

The recommendation was made to ensure the safe movement of vehicles along the street and at the same time manage soil erosion.


Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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