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Feds, GovGuam won't concede on Tiyan land

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Department of Public Works is still trying to find that win-win solution it promised residents for the construction of the Tiyan Parkway.  While there are some proposals on the table, all of the ideas will require the federal or local government to compromise.

But neither side is budging at this time, leaving residents in Tiyan without answers.

"It's a tug of war right now," said Andy Leon Guerrero, "and we do need to come up with a solution there's no ifs ands or butts. We're just hoping we can just find that solution and make it happen."  The DPW director says discussions are ongoing about where the Government of Guam will construct the Tiyan Parkway.  While it may be scheduled to be completed in April 2012, there's still no official word on where it will be situated, as the government doesn't have the land it needs for a road. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring the Guam International Airport Authority to close the current access road that has become a daily part of motorists routine getting from Route 10-A to Route 8. 

Leon Guerrero says there's one option that's been presented that officials are hopeful will work, saying, "If we go on the fourth option, we won't - it would require us to take some of the FAA property, which right now they're steadfast they don't want that to happen.  So unless we can come to some common ground negotiate with them, I think that's the plan that can work."

But the federal government has been adamant that they're not going to give that land back. The FAA even expressed concerns that the government, through a public law passed several years ago, took portions of the land and returned it to original landowners instead of using it for airport-related functions.  But Leon Guerrero says just as the federal government is adamant they're not going to give the land back, so too is GovGuam that they're not going to take back land from original landowners again.

"Right now that's the stand we're taking. We want that to be our absolute last options.  Eventually, we're going to come up with something," the director added.

If the FAA doesn't give up the land, DPW has proposed that the parkway run through the backside of the Guam Police Department through this area, the officers' housing in Tiyan which would mean original landowners would have to give back their land.  It's this prime real estate - cliffside with sweeping views of Tamuning to Hagatna - that could be impacted.

Tiyan landowners KUAM News spoke with today say they are still waiting to hear back from the government on where the road will be situated, and some say they won't give up their land without a fight.  It's something DPW says it's committed to doing, as well.

Said Leon Guerrero, "We're really trying to avoid going through the donut hole, if at all possible.  DPW, Federal Highways and the Airport and the FAA are working diligently on this project. I'm hoping soon we can come to a common road and we'll be able to get that road open."

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