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DPL to issue RFP for former Mariana Resort

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THE Department of Public Lands on Thursday informed the House Committee on Natural Resources that it will issue a request for proposals for the long-term lease of the Marpi public land where the former Mariana Resort & Spa is located.

In the meeting in the speaker’s conference room, DPL Secretary Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo also updated lawmakers about the negotiation between DPL and Hyatt Regency Saipan and Fiesta Resort & Spa regarding a 15-year land lease extension.

She also updated them about the new concession agreement for Managaha.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Tony Borja, said Concepcion-Teregeyo informed them that DPL will issue an RFP for the Mariana Resort property in the next few days.

Borja said he is happy to hear that DPL is finally addressing the land lease for the former Mariana Resort.

He said he and other House members are concerned that the condition of the former hotel and its golf course will deteriorate.

After 40 years of operating on island, Mariana Resort & Spa shut down on Sept. 30, 2018.

A portion of the former Mariana Country Club golf course is seen on Monday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Borja said the government shouldn’t wait too long to approve a new lease agreement for the property. “The longer we wait the lower the value of [the] property will go.”

He added that it was good to know that DPL is maintaining the property.

Like Borja, Vice Speaker Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero believes that a qualified private company should be allowed to lease the property as soon as possible.

Rep. Roman Benavente, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, visited Mariana Resort and the golf course early this week.

He said he was dismayed to see that “the grass on the golf course is growing tall.”

But he said he was also happy to see that DPL staffers were in the area to secure and maintain it.

Benavente said he is hoping to see some progress in DPL’s efforts to move the Mariana Resort land lease deal forward.

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