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Over 700 homes, commercial buildings now have street numbers, says Saipan mayor

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THE Saipan Mayor’s Office has designated street numbers to 709 residential and commercial buildings in seven villages, Mayor David M. Apatang and his special assistant, Henry S. Hofschneider, informed the Saipan Rotary Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Starting from the southern part of Saipan, numbers have been assigned to houses and commercial buildings in  Koblerville, San Antonio, Chalan Piao, Chalan Kanoa, Afetna, As Perdido and Oleai.

Apatang thanked Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation for providing his office with funding for the project.

He said the plan to assign numbers to each home and building “has been in the book for the longest time.” There had been a lot of issues that needed to be addressed first, and these caused the delay, he said.

Finally, the mayor added, the project has started.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang speaks during the Saipan Rotary Club meeting in the Hyatt Regency Saipan Ballroom on Tuesday. Also in photo are the club president Sonia Dancoe, second left, vice president Wendell Posadas, right, and president-elect Sean Ficke, left. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

“This is a tremendous project, not an easy task. We are hopeful that the community will work with us to get this thing accomplished,” the mayor said, adding that it’s going to be a while before they reach the northern villages of Saipan. “We are trying our best,” he added.

Hofschneider said the street-number master map was developed in September 2019.

“We made it a priority,” he said, adding that they started numbering  houses and buildings located on the point closest to the ocean in the southern part of Saipan, which is in Koblerville.

From Aug. 3 to Oct. 23, 2020, Hofschneider said the mayor’s office delivered a total of 709  numbers to homeowners and owners of commercial buildings.

They were also provided with guidelines on where they can display the numbers, and which variations in the appearance of the numbers are acceptable.

“But we recommended that they put their number right above the main door or anywhere the number can be seen easily,” Hofschneider said.

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