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Pedestrian sidewalk talks: A public-private partnership

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(Triple J) — Continuing his commitment to the growth of the CNMI, Triple J’s Bob Jones met with Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada and team Friday, Feb. 21, to discuss a public-private partnership with a particular goal in mind: the development of a sidewalk to connect the two main commercial sectors of the island, Garapan and Chalan Kanoa.

“The benefits of walkability are interconnected,” says Bob Jones, “Mobility for all, safety for pedestrians and drivers, social occasions, economic vitality even health benefits. Visiting tourists to our island from urban areas abroad are accustomed to this type of infrastructure, and we can easily meet this standard not only for them but for our community’s suburban growth.” Secretary of DPW James Ada says, “Providing safe places for people to walk is a responsibility of all government divisions involved in constructing, regulating and maintaining the public rights-of-way. With this understanding, we look forward to possibility of partnering with the Triple J Saipan and the greater private sector alongside our government divisions to execute this plan.”

Triple J and Department of Public Works officials met on Friday to discuss the development of a sidewalk to connect the two main commercial sectors of the island: Garapan and Chalan Kanoa. From left, Department of Public Works-Roads & Ground Division Mike Borja; DPW highway engineer Henry Bautista; DPW Secretary James Ada; Triple J Enterprises CEO & chairman of the board, Robert H. Jones; Triple J Construction operations manager and senior superintendent Mario Valentino; Triple J Saipan director of human resources Frank Ada; and DPW-Technical Services Division Director Anthony Camacho.  Triple J photo

At current, pedestrians are forced to walk on uneven paths of grass, through parking lots and be on alert for drivers as seen in photos. The goal would be to provide pedestrians a pathway for transportation and recreation; both of which are good for physical, mental and social health. To also improve traffic safety, brand Chalan Kanoa’s identity as a vibrant, safe and cultural place and decreases the dependency of nonrenewal resources. Bob Jones also encourages the private sector who share interest in these areas to step forward and support this development.

About Triple J Enterprises Inc.

Triple J Enterprises Inc. has served the island communities for over three decades.

The Triple J group of companies has several major operations, which include:

• The Triple J Auto Group, representing Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Honda, Acura, Kia, and a used car dealership on Guam.

• Triple J Motors representing Mazda, Mitsubishi and Hyundai on Saipan.

• Triple J Commercial Tire, which services passenger cars, light trucks, and a full range of commercial vehicles and equipment on of Guam.

• Triple J Rentals, the licensee for Hertz Rent A Car on Guam, Saipan and Palau.

• Triple J 24-Hour Mini Mart located in Mobil in Upper Tumon.

• Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods, the distributor of high-quality food items including Certified Angus Beef, Hawaii Water, and Tyson food products on Guam, Saipan and Marshall Islands.

• The Triple J Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store exclusively on Saipan.

• The Triple J Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster on Guam; Tony Roma’s, Capricciosa, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Great Harvest Bread Co. and the Surf Club Saipan Restaurant on Saipan.

• Triple J Real Estate Division, real estate brokerage and consulting firm which manages Triple J Enterprises own holdings inclusive of Sandy Beach Homes, Saipan Comfort Homes and Ocean Ridge Homes on Saipan.

• Triple J Enterprises also owns and operates the Surfrider Resort Hotel on Saipan.

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