Pago Bay Residents Take GLUC to Court Over High-Rise Condos

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The heart of the lawsuit is whether or not the GLUC properly granted a height variance to Wangafang Corp. to build the two high-rise condos in Pago Bay.

Guam – Some have lived in Pago Bay for over 10 years…some for more than 40, and now, in an effort to prevent two high rise condos in Pago Bay, a lawsuit has been filed against the Guam Land Use Commission and the construction company contracted to build the developments.

 

The heart of the lawsuit is whether or not the GLUC properly granted a height variance to Wangafang Corp. to build the two high-rise condos in Pago Bay.

 

“The Guam Land Use Commission basically authorized the developer to build a hotel in an R2 zone that nobody else who lives in an r2 zone would be able to build,” said Leevin Camacho, attorney for the petitioners.

 

Camacho says that a variance, as defined by Guam law, is supposed to be granted based on certain factors. One of the factors is to prove that the variance should be consistent with other construction within the zone and/or community. The lawsuit states that everything around the would be condos is a single-family dwelling and the construction of a 13-story tower is not consistent with single-family homes.

 

The lawsuit’s main petitioners are perhaps the people who would be most affected, the residents who currently live in Pago Bay. Adrian Gogue, a Pago Bay resident for the past decade, is one of the main petitioners.

 

“There’s a section there where this, 11 to 12 story monstrosity’s go up, I will be fairly impacted by having to look at those things when they go up, something I did not plan on doing when I purchased and build my home there,” said Gogue.

 

The lawsuit cites seven agencies such as DPW, Guam EPA, Bureau of Statistics and Plans, The Department of Parks and Recreation, the Guam Waterworks Authority and the Guam Power Authority, all having at the very least general concern for the adverse impacts the project will have on the environment.

 

“You have government of Guam agencies that have very real concerns about infrastructure, environmental harms, cultural sites and beach access. Based on all that, despite all that the Government of Guam, local community, the land use commission decided to move forward with this project and we are trying to figure out why,” said Camacho.

 

Pago Bay Resident Rosita Salas Brown has lived on Guam for close to 70 years and in Pago Bay for over 25 years. She says the construction of a hotel will ramp up the traffic on a road that already has major issues.

 

“When you go to a meeting down there in the ITC building they didn’t care about what Adrian said or somebody else say what they think about it, only with the contractors why? Are we the people of Guam only there for Decoration, are we there just for show off? Listen to the people, we have the right to know what’s going on, we have the right to know why this thing is going on, respect us as elders, respect the next guy next to me because this is our home,” said Brown.

 


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