Update given on planned new hotel in Tumon

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Brent Wiese, senior vice president, and managing principal at RIM Architects was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Guam's meeting. (PNC photo)

On Thursday, a representative from RIM Architects gave an update on the progress of Guam’s newest hotel.

Brent Wiese, senior vice president, and managing principal at RIM Architects was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Guam’s meeting.

He provided an update on the progress of HonHui Guam LLC’s new Tumon Bay hotel and condominium development. HonHui Guam is a subsidiary of Hongwell Group in Taipei.

According to its website, the group was founded in 2006 and mainly engaged in commercial real estate development, design planning, construction, and management business in mainland China.

This is the first major hotel and condominium project since the completion of the Dusit Thani hotel and holds significant importance because of the success of the Guam Visitors Bureau’s “Air VnV” program.

The group has moved towards international commercial real estate and has been operating in Tokyo, Japan in recent years.

According to Wiese, the new hotel will be built over the abandoned Royal Palms hotel in Tumon and construction will begin once the remains of the former hotel are demolished.

Originally the plan was to build two separate towers — one for families and the other for more mature activities or, as how Wiese puts it, “to get away from the kids.”

However, after revisions, they have decided to combine the two towers into one major connecting structure.

The lower tower is planned to be 420 feet high at 31 stories whereas the tallest tower is reported to be 492 feet with 37 stories, which Wiese said would be significantly taller than the PIC building, which is 417 feet.

The project is still in its early stages and according to Wiese, they are currently working with agencies such as the Department of Public Works before any major work can be done.

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