Governor Calvo signs contract, work to be completed in 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2012
Yet another major project to restore HagÃ¥tÃ±a to its former glory will begin shortly, after Governor Eddie Baza Calvo today signed the $1.3 million contract allowing repair and renovation construction work to begin at the Plaza de EspaÃ±a. The project covers all of the historic structures within the plaza to revitalize the area as a tourist attraction and a place of pride for island residents.
“Plaza de EspaÃ±a is one of the most recognizable sites from pre-war Guam. Unfortunately, what once was a historic place now looks more like ruins. I’m so happy that work will begin soon to once again make this a bright spot in HagÃ¥tÃ±a,” Governor Calvo said. “This is just a part of our overall program to realize the decades-old dream to rebuild our capital city to the social, cultural, economic and political center of activity it once was.”
The project will begin in the coming weeks. It is expected to be completed in 2013. In the initial phase of construction, Reliable Builders, the design and construction team, will assess the condition of the tiles and timbers and order replacement materials. Full-scale work will start immediately after the building permit is issued later this year. RW Armstrong, the program management office for the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) bond that is funding this project, is working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to assure that all work is historically and culturally sensitive and appropriate.
“The Plaza de EspaÃ±a is an iconic piece of Guam’s rich history. Restoring it ensures that it can be utilized and appreciated by our island’s future generations. This is one part of Governor Eddie Calvo’s plan to restore HagÃ¥tÃ±a to its former glory,” Guam Economic Development Authority Administrator Karl Pangelinan said.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, call Natalie Quinata at 488-6013 or Phill Leon Guerrero at 929-7467.