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Tinian leaders concerned about construction of 80-room barracks for casino project

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TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan and the chairman of the Tinian Legislative Delegation share the concern of Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds regarding the 80-room barracks that Bridge Investment Group plans to construct for its casino project on Tinian.

In separate interviews, Aldan and the delegation chairman, Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider said the desire of the Tinian leadership is to see development on island and the creation of jobs for the locals.

Aldan said the plan to construct staff housing clearly suggests that the developer may hire people from outside of Tinian, which “is going to be a concern for us.”

“They have not even started the hiring process for the people here on Tinian,” the mayor said.

Hofschneider said the Tinian leadership encourages developers on island to “exhaust the local workforce for their operation and construction before hiring others from off-island.”

“That is the position of the Tinian leadership,” he added.

In a separate interview, CPA board member Pete P. Reyes, who chairs the Sea Port Operations Committee, said the 80-room barracks “clearly suggests they may not hire Tinian residents.”

“My expectation is that if they are doing business on Tinian, they need to start thinking about doing something for the people of the island,” he added.

During a committee meeting last week, King-Hinds, who is from Tinian, objected to the construction of the 80-room barracks purportedly for those who will work in the live casino training facility that will open in September.

She said the facility was supposed to provide jobs for local residents.

 

 

 

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