Over $3.5 million in federal grant funding was recently awarded to the Chalan Pago-Ordot (CPO) Mayor’s Office from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot (DCIP) Program.
Out of 140 grant proposals submitted to the OEA, CPO’s submittal was one of 16 invited by the OEA to proceed with the application process. The grant was pieced together by a team of volunteers from the village with support from the Guam State Clearinghouse and the Military Buildup Office. The award was officially announced on September 17, 2020.
The OEA grant will help fund the estimated $6.4 million needed to design and construct a 30,000-square foot Multi-Purpose Recreation and Emergency Center. The balance will come from monies set aside by the Mayor’s Office since January 2013 in addition to a Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) loan.
“To finally receive this grant to complete our center is colossal. Our Municipal Planning Council and the CPO team have been working for years to seek additional funds to match what we already have in our bank accounts for Capital Improvement Projects such as this,” said Mayor Jessy Gogue. “We worked zealously under a tight deadline, but the years of planning for this project, forging partnerships, and keeping current with the economic factors that would impact the costs for the design and construction paid off.”
“This project is truly a labor of love for Mayor Gogue and his team, evidenced by the time, talent, and relentless efforts invested in making this center a reality for families in Chalan Pago-Ordot and all of central Guam. We look forward to the center’s groundbreaking next year,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
The new facility will overlay the village’s 30-year old outdoor basketball and tennis court adjacent to the Jose U. Atoigue Memorial Baseball Park. The CPO Mayor’s Office will manage the centralized complex. In partnership with the OEA, military members and dependents may also avail of facilities comparable to those located at Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.