Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN
Thursday, May 05, 2011
GUAM – The Guam Land Use Commission approved local attorney Cesar Cabot's application to build workforce housing that would accommodate 2,016 workers in Dededo.
The Cabot project brings the island's total approved inventory of housing units for temporary workers to 6,900, according to GLUC records. The Land Use Commission is reviewing projects for 6,400 more units. The numbers don't include a project by Younex, Inc. in the NCTS Finegayan area near to where cantonment for U.S. Marines is being built. Younex's Ukudu Workforce Village is approved for 18,000 units but may not reach capacity because of infrastructure and other regulatory requirements needed for a temporary community of that size.
"Temporary workforce housing facilities for Mr. Cesar Cabot has been approved with conditions," Guam Department of Land Management chief planner Carlos Untalan told GuamBuildupNews.com. Mr. Cabot has one year to obtain a grading or building permit, otherwise "the project shall be null and void." The GLUC permit expires after 24 months.
Contractors involved in preparing Guam for the transfer of at least 8,600 U.S. Marines and their families and support staff from Okinawa no earlier than 2016 face the challenge of recruiting and housing the workforce needed for the construction. Many estimates for labor needs exceed 15,000 while some contractors predict less than 10,000 will be needed. Many contractors have stated they must recruit labor from abroad, mostly from the Philippines, and provide local housing and support services.
Projects still up for commission approval include an application by Pacific International Guam Inc. for a 1,176-worker project in Yigo, which also needs to be rezoned as M1, and Fargo Pacific's application for a 528-worker spot in Tamuning.
Commission documents also identify Eldorado Resort's Tamuning project, represented by Core Tech, as "potential" temporary workforce housing for 3,368 people. It said the property is under review "pending clarification of status based on ownership."
Core Tech won GLUC approval in April for a separate project to convert an existing 856 units in Tamuning to temporary housing for workers. The company is ramping up its workforce housing capacity in preparation for its role as a prime contractor on the military buildup's $4 billion multiple award construction contract, or the so-called "Guam MACC," and the exclusive subcontractor to Guam Pacific International on the $100 million Small Business MACC.
A 2009 legislative resolution defines temporary workforce housing as any structure to serve as residence for at least six workers and it must include sewerage, six-foot-high perimeter fences, sleeping, laundry, shower and toilet facilities, recreation, food services, medical care, transportation and security.
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