The Zoning board has approved the application of JKB Corp. to open a bed-and-breakfast in Chinatown, Saipan. The proposed B&B will occupy an existing two-story building with 15 units.
Remy Sablan, a resident in the same neighborhood, expressed support for the project, not only to ease problems with accommodations on island but in the hope that it will also lead to repairs in the road in Chinatown.
“This is another chance for visitors to have a place to stay on island. I read in the newspapers that there is a lack of accommodations on island and this is an answer to that need,” she said. “Also, this property is right behind my house in Chinatown and the road is very bad. Hopefully, if this company is given the opportunity to operate, they will also fix the road so the people living around the area will benefit from the improvement of the road. Sadly, our mayor or the Department of Public Works are not able to fix the roads and I hope this company would go the extra mile to fix the road.”
The board approval comes with conditions. Board treasurer Mariano Taitano said that JKB Corp. must follow CNMI law and pay the hotel occupancy tax.
Another applicant that wants to open a guesthouse in Sadog Tasi withdrew its application halfway into its presentation at the public hearing to make some revisions in its plans to comply with the parking requirements of the Zoning staff and board.
Other approved applications at the public hearing held at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe were B&K dba Mariana Breeze and Colour Palace Inc.
B&K is owned by Sunbong Chang. The business is into processing distilled wines and liqueurs for retail and wholesale and the property is located in Gualo Rai.
Colour Palace wants to occupy an existing building and convert it into a warehouse. Jeffrey San Nicolas, administrative officer of CPI, said the warehouse will be used to store general business goods. The property is located along Isa Drive on Capital Hill.