Zoning OK’s NMIFA soccer pitch


The Commonwealth Zoning Board last Dec. 1 approved the conditional use application of an association’s plans to build a soccer pitch in Koblerville.

The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association plans to construct a $1.5-million soccer pitch complete with roofed bleachers, lockers, toilets and showers, meeting rooms, and a storage area adjacent to the idle land next to the Koblerville Fire Station.

The soccer pitch would be the first not situated within a school campus in the CNMI.

NMIFA general secretary Ross Zapanta serves as the contact person for the Zoning board.

The project was well received by the attendees of the public hearing.

Rep. Joseph “Lee Pan” Guerrero (R-Saipan) applauded NMIFA and shared with the Zoning board that thinks that the land is better off used as a venue for soccer matches.

“We don’t have the proper approved facilities for soccer,” said Guerrero.

Frank Tomokane, a resident of Koblerville, said he supports the project.

The construction is expected to start on January 2017. Estimated completion would be in April 2017, with a buffer of up to July 2017.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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