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The Pago Bay condominium threatens to lose state support
There is a danger that a disputed condominium construction plan for more than 300 apartments in Pago Bay will lose its administrative authorisation after clients fail to present a binding progress review, published in November last year under an order from the Guam Land Use Commision. On Thursday at 1:30 p.m. the European Union will be meeting to review the contract of 30 March to give an occasion to the designer Guam Wanfang Construction, who wants to construct the Pago Bay Ocean Resort.
Situated on Route 4, just South of the Pago River. The contract mandated business agents to explain at the business meetings why the complainant should not remove the project's deviation in altitude or significantly change the Commission's authorisation to construct two eleven-storey and twelve-storey spires.
Dianne Strong, a member of Save Southern Guam who resisted the plan, said the plan was to loose its altitude alliance. In April 2016, the Land Use Commission authorised a deviation in altitude for the two spires, albeit less than required. Initially, the client had suggested the construction of a 14-storey and 15-storey steeple.
One of the terms of the deviation in altitude was that the client received an official construction or construction approval for the property by May 10, 2017. As it was not possible to obtain one of these approvals, the designer asked for an extended period and the committee on 24 August 2017 agreed to grant it an extended period until May 2018.
In order to obtain this prolongation, Mr Wanfang was obliged to present a six-monthly interim progress review to the European Parliament, beginning on 2 November 2017, informing the European Parliament of the stages of progress and the state of financing of the overall scheme, according to the European Comission. Initial progress reports were never filed without declaration by the developers, documented state.
Stark said that a complaint brought by Save Southern Guam in the Superior Court of Guam questioning the goverment's endorsement of the plan should have a April hearings, but it was postponed to see what measures the Land Use Committee would take. Proceedings against the committee and Wanfang claiming the deviation in altitude was inadmissible.
"When they withdraw the suit, we don't have to go on," Strong said, because the developer would have to go back to the goverment with more opportunities for review and lodge. Policymakers as a reaction to publics concern about the authorization of the Pago Bay Property Development Program, in 2016 passed a new bill to create a joint licensing procedure for all land use commission going before the $ 3 million or more state.
Stark said that many of the demands related to the scheme, such as a transport and hydrological survey, are not yet finalized, and the developers seem to be fighting to ensure the necessary funding. "They had a constant bankruptcy problem," Strong said, and did not provide any funding information to prove their capacity to close the deal.