HRRA provides updates on the Hagåtña master plan

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Representatives from the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority and the Guam Economic Development Authority provided an update on the Hagåtña master plan to the Legislative Committee on Hagåtña Revitalization.

Matrix, the consulting and design group procured to carry out the task orders for the master plan has requested a no-cost extension. GEDA must submit the extension request to the HRRA board of commissioners for approval.

Diego Mendiola, GEDA real property division representative, informed the committee about the authority’s previous challenges related to the lack of an empaneled HRRA board.

“Due to the challenge of not having an HRRA Board, it’s always been GEDA’s policy to not move anywhere regarding the HRRA – unless the HRRA board is empaneled and approves every step taken so that we are in sync with how the funds are being spent.”

The reason for the extension request is based on the estimated length of time it will take to complete the Hagatna River Feasibility Study. The study is required to complete the final stage of the master plan.

With the HRRA board now empaneled, GEDA is confident the work can continue.

According to Mendiola, Matrix is on the final phase of the plan, which is contingent on the river feasibility study. He said the study is about 30 percent done and should be completed in approximately 6 to 8 months.