Guam - The Guam Land Use Commission will hear two applications for conditional use permits to build barracks for temporary workers on Thursday. Chugach World Services is seeking to transfer the former Hotel Mai'ana into barracks for 700 temporary workers. CoreTech International is asking to turn the Royal Hawaiian Apartments in Tamuning to house 860 workers.
We Are Guahan has expressed concerns with all of the barracks being constructed on the island to house close to19,000 temporary workers. Member Attorney Julian Aguon is questioning why preparations are being made to bring more thousands of off-island workers to Guam when there are more than 17,000 unemployed living here already.
"The DoD has estimated that the end of the construction phase is 2020, so there is no need for additionally temporary workers or housing for workers. We are wondering if you know Guam is going to be holding the bag," he said.
The GLUC is scheduled to hear the applications when they meet on Thursday at 1:30pm at the Department of Land Management conference room at the ITC Building in Tamuning.