- Published on Friday, August 17, 2012 00:18
- Written by By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor - Reporter
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HAVING discovered termite infestation at the medical guest house at the later stage of the renovation, the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. is looking to complete the project in two weeks.NMHC acting corporate director Jesse Palacios told Variety, “That’s moving along and the revised completion date is Aug. 27.”
The facility which NMHC bought in 2011 for $380,000 had been renamed Marianas Medical Referral Center, a guest house for medical referral patients from Tinian and Rota.
Palacios said the slight delay was attributed to the termite infestation which was discovered at the later stage of the project.
He, however, said that materials were already received and renovation work continued.
Variety earlier reported that the agency had been eyeing to convert 20 percent of the facility Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
Aside from the $380,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, the renovation of the facility was funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant for $31,139.40.
Variety learned that this supplemented NMHC’s existing $13,359.90 in CDBG funds to go into the rehabilitation effort of As Lito property.
The Marianas Medical Referral Center has a total of 17 rooms, seven of which are reserved for Rota patients and another seven for Tinian medical referral patients.
Two rooms in the facility are reserved for the physicians and one more room has yet to be repaired before it could be occupied.
The project to make the facility compliant with ADA involves four rooms, parking stalls, front and back entrances.
Palacios also told Variety that the Sinapalo Children’s Park Pathway is considered 100 percent complete.
Palacios, however, said that the project has yet to receive a certification of occupancy from the Department of Public Works.
He said the issuance of the certificate is contingent on the submission of pertinent documents coming from the contractor such as the compaction and compression tests.
He said once these documents have been provided, a certificate of occupancy will be issued and the contract and the park will finally be opened to the public.
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