Capital Hill resort project breaks ground

THE Capital Hill Wonderland Resort project broke ground on Thursday.

Environmental consultant Brian Reyes said the 180-room resort includes luxury units, each consisting of two or three bedrooms.

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From left, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Pallette Inc. principal and owner Zhou “Robin” Yu Chen, environmental consultant Brian Reyes, Rep. Leepan T. Guerrero and  USA Fanter representative Steve Wang participate in a  groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday at the Capital Hill Wonderland Resort project site.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

The project is a joint venture of Saipan-based Palette Inc. and international brand name Tonino Lamborghini.

The resort was designed by an engineering team based in Paris, and each room will have a bird’s eye view of the lagoon, the reef and Managaha, Reyes said.

Once completed, he added, the project will generate additional revenue for the CNMI government, and “will have multiplying effect in the community.”

Pallette Inc. principal and owner Zhou “Robin” Yu Chen said the $50 million project is expected to be completed by Oct. 2021.

He said the brand name Tonino Lamborghini represents luxury which, he added, will complement the natural beauty of Saipan.

USA Fanter is the project contractor.

In a separate interview, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony with other CNMI officials, said “it’s our business partners and their projects that stimulate our economy.”

He said the new project “will create local employment and other opportunities for our people.”

Joining Torres at the ceremony were Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Rep. Leepan T. Guerrero, and Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Antonio T. Benavente.

Palette Inc. was established in 2014, and since its inception it has contributed over $50,000 for the renovation of the Capital Hill Baseball field including its fences and pavilion, Reyes said.

The company has also provided over $25,000 in scholarship funds to local college students, he added.